Friday, June 4, 2010

Snack Ideas

A friend of mine posted a request on Facebook today for toddler friendly snack ideas (specifically peanut butter free) since her family was getting tired of crackers & cheese sticks. I thought I would compile the list of responses here as a reminder and a refresher for us busy mommies who need to change things up once in a while :)

  • Cereal
  • Quaker oatmeal squares
  • Yogurt
  • Jelly toast
  • Whipped cream cheese with ranch dip mix as a spread on ritz crackers
  • Applesauce
  • Jello
  • Fruit cups
  • Cheese cracker snacks
  • 100 calorie pack snacks
  • Dried fruit
  • Pretzels
  • Pretzel sticks
  • Craisins
  • Raisins
  • Granola bars
  • Popcorn
  • Trail mix
  • Banana chips
  • Veggie chips
  • Cheerios and marshmallows
  • Fruit a bu
  • Cheez its
  • Popchips
  • Pumpkin bread
  • Banana bread
  • Graham crackers
  • Natural Cheetos
  • Animal Crackers
  • Brothers All Natural fruit crisps
  • Rice cakes
  • Veggie sticks
  • Baked chips
  • No Sugar Cookies

Here is also a list I had saved from a while ago of some healthy snacks. Many of these include peanut butter if your family doesn't have peanut sensitivities:

Ants on a Log
: Spread peanut butter or cream cheese on celery sticks and top with raisins.

ABC Snax: Mix together 1 cup Post Honeycomb Letter Alpha-Bits; 1/4 cup raisins or dried cranberries; and 1/4 cup peanuts for a healthy trail mix.

Fruit Burritos: Spread a tortilla with peanut butter and add sliced fruit such as strawberries, apples, and/or bananas. Fold the ends and wrap up tightly.

Granola Bars: These are a much better alternative to candy bars. But read the label to make sure the fat or sugar content is low.

Nuts and Seeds: This delicious snack choice has lots of protein, minerals, and vitamins. They are also high in fat – but in a good way.

Frozen Fruit Bars: Make and freeze juice pops with real fruit juice. You can also add small chunks of fruit for added fiber. Frozen grapes are also a great kid pleaser.

Ready to eat cereal: Many ready to eat cereals such as granola or those which contain whole grain and no added sugar, are very nutritious.

Homemade muffins and quick breads: If your child likes muffins, they will love munching on homemade quick bread. Many of these recipes include pureed fruits and vegetables, which add to the nutritional content.

Non-dairy yogurt or jello packs and cheese: Make sure that these are purchased from the grocery shelves, not the chilled dairy compartment. These foods stay fresh and safe unless they are opened. Individual unsweetened applesauce servings is another good choice.

Please leave a comment if you have something to add :)


The Twin Spinner said...

You're awesome! I loved all the ideas. I'll probably have to prep some things in advance so when they need a snack and I can't physically prep something, it's already ready to go. :)

Cristy said...

These are some great ideas. I keep a snack box in the pantry full of prepped snacks so the kids can just grab and go. (Helps on school days too.) I'm thinking of adding a snack box for the fridge too, with individual portions of cut up fruits and veggies.

Fruit & cheese
Yogurt & fruit
Yogurt & granola
Cheerios & Craisins
Cereal Bars (like Nutrigrain)
Frozen Gogurt (especially on these hot days)
Pirate Bootie (my girls don't do popcorn yet)
PB sandwiches (as a snack, we only do 1/2 sandwiches)
Mini Goldfish crackers & mini marshmallows

The Habben's said...

FROM COURTNEY: apples cut like fries work for all three of mine. we also make our own trail mix with stuff they like- mini pretzels, mini marshmallows, chex mix, semi sweet choc chips. You can make a big batch of that to last a while.


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