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Easy Baby & Toddler Summer Snack Ideas

Youngsters and snacks, snacks and youngsters… some issues simply can’t *not* go collectively!

It’s no secret that as a household, we LOVE meals.  I’ve tried my finest to nurture a love of REAL meals in them by introducing and exposing them to allllll varieties of top quality meals (in a peaceful, straightforward, no strain means hopefully). The whole lot from squash to sardines to hummus to pickles to ginger to steamed broccoli and salmon. Sure, these are all issues my toddler eats (and child June now too). I would like my infants to know and recognize a wide range of tastes, flavors, textures, cuisines… you get the image. 

And I additionally need them to see meals as JOYFUL and FUN. As a result of it’s. In addition to an influence supply in your life. 

Meals brings us collectively, creates a second to decelerate and savor one thing particular with each other. It may be playful, inventive and foolish. However constructing an appreciation and openness to every kind of meals doesn’t occur accidentally. It occurs with considerate, intentional decisions with what we placed on their plates daily.

(Psst, sizzling tip: even when they don’t contact a sure meals the primary time you provide it, don’t depend it as a loss! Many children must be uncovered to a meals 20+ occasions earlier than desirous to attempt, and actually take pleasure in, it. Extra on the method of feeding your little ones actual meals may be present in my well-known “really is a full e book” Child Meals Information!)

And their snacks is usually a huge a part of introducing new flavors and meals (or getting them one thing wholesome and engaging to carry them over till the subsequent meal)! I loveeeee snack time with my infants. Now that Noah’s 3.5 years outdated, he helps me make plenty of our family snacks, which by the best way, is a good way to encourage little ones to eat! Participation in cooking is an enormous motivator for them to attempt their yummy creations. Should you haven’t seen my #chefnoah and #tinychef sequence on instagram, he’s LAPPING me on views lol. 

I wished to share a few of our go-to snacks on rotation over right here— ones that my littles completely LOVE (and secret… so do I)! Just a few of those are particularly nice for heat summer season days, however TBH, I’d make and serve any of them yr spherical personally. No disgrace in a mid-winter popsicle (in all probability within the bathtub). 

I hope you take pleasure in making an attempt a few of these along with your kiddos!

The 6 Finest Wholesome Home made Snack Recipes for Youngsters

These are our snack staples on rotation all summer season lengthy!

1. Popsicles:

Love these popsicle molds! A lot much less sugar (and chemical compounds) whenever you make them from scratch. Additionally a enjoyable thought for any additional smoothies you’ve made. An amazing snack within the bathtub or kiddie pool for mess. 🙂

Recipe pulled from the Cooking Membership

  • 1 cup entire milk greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup blueberries (frozen or recent)
  • 1 tsp maple syrup (or extra you probably have sweeter tastebuds)

Add yogurt, berries and maple syrup to the blender. Puree till clean. If the yogurt will get too thick, add a splash of coconut water or water to assist it mix (however not an excessive amount of!). Pour combination into popsicle molds and freeze till strong.

2. Smoothies:

I really like these toddler smoothie cups with lids and straws! I’ve soooo many smoothie recipes on the weblog, in my cookbooks, within the Cooking Membership. We LOVE a smoothie round right here. I at all times intention to incorporate veggies, a wholesome fats and/or protein, and one thing candy like a bit fruit. Right here’s a favourite, the On a regular basis Inexperienced Smoothie: 

  • 1/2 banana (frozen)
  • 3-4 leafy inexperienced kale leaves or 1 cup spinach
  • 8-10 blueberries (non-compulsory)
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1/4 teaspoon natural spirulina
  • 1 cup (or extra) water
  • 3 handfuls of ice

Add all substances (moreover ice) to the blender and mix on excessive till clean. Add ice. Pour into your favourite smoothie cup. 

3. Noah’s “Cottonball” Snack Ball: Recipe in  the Cooking Membership. We make these and maintain them within the freezer for a post-nap snack. 

4. Pumpkin Zucchini Muffins- recipe within the Child Meals Information. Nice for infants & toddlers of any age!

5. Turkey Zucchini Meatballs- recipe within the Child Meals Information. Nice for infants & toddlers of any age!

The Finest Retailer-Purchased Snacks for Toddlers

I really like these for faster choices or after we’re on the go!

  • Thrive Market paleo snack packs
  • Lesser Evil popcorn
  • Olives
  • Beecher’s cheddar cheese sticks
  • Mary’s Gone Crackers or Easy Mills Crackers
  • Sliced apples/pears/grapes/apricots/plums (least messy ones for journey)
  • Nut butter/sunflower butter rice cake sandwiches
  • PB&J “tacos” (Siete Meals tortilla roll-ups with PB&J)
  • Cucumbers/bell peppers dipped in pesto or hummus or white bean dip
  • Pulp Chips (from Thrive Market)

Get 25% off your first Thrive order right here! It’s critically so useful with children snacks!

The Finest Child Snacks

These are the snacks I feed June most frequently after we’re on the go (she’s virtually 1). It’s a particular mixture of stuff that’s barely simpler to scrub, or at the least gained’t stain. 

  • Blueberries
  • Steamed cauliflower or steamed zucchini (each of those are much less messy on the go/don’t stain)
  • Smooth pears or peaches
  • Cucumber insides
  • Onerous boiled egg yolk
  • Muffins (see recipe above!)
  • Turkey meatballs (see recipe above!)

Snacking on The Transfer?!

For anybody taking their child or toddler snacks on the go, listed here are just a few of my favourite packing necessities to make snacking out and about SO a lot simpler!

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Pictures by Talitha Bullock.

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