Toddler Snack Ideas
First of all, LEFTOVERS!!! This is the #1 thing I try to give Temple for her “snack.” I don’t feel that a snack needs to be looked at as something pre-packages. I always try to reach for something in the fridge that we’ve already prepped or something from her previous meal that she didn’t finish. I’ve included her typical meal schedule so you can get an idea of when we have snacks daily. I also try not to let Temple mindlessly snack or eat outside of her somewhat set schedule. She has two snacks a day right now, and we always try to sit at the table to have our snack, unless we are out and about doing errands. That way, Temple doesn’t get used to eating while watching tv or playing in her playroom. Of course, we make acceptions here and there, but I want her to focus on her food when she eats; otherwise, she won’t eat as well.
I keep our pantry closed, and I don’t have a snack drawer or anything that she can go through. She does go up to the fridge and say “snack” sometimes, and if it’s close to her normal snack time, then I will fix her something and seat her in her booster seat. I try not just to hand her a cheese stick or squeezy snack, which leads to her wanting more and knowing she gets what she wants when she does that.
There are sooo many snacks and variations, but these are just some ideas that we often lean-to in our house. Comment and let me know your favorite snacks to serve your little ones. As always, I am not a nutritionist or feeding pro, so make sure you arecomfortable in what you serve your child.
Temples Meal/Snack Schedule at 21 Months:
- Wakes up around 6:30am
- Temple wakes up ready to eat, so I usually wake up before her (around 5:30-6am) so that I have her breakfast started and prepared for when she wakes up. She’s in a bit of a mommy stage and wants to be held a lot, so prepping her meals has become super helpful! So, I’d say she typically eats breakfast around 6:45am.
- 7:40am– we leave the house for her half-day school program.
- 10:30am– She has a snack at school. Each week a different mom is in charge of snacks, so they are always different. I will say that the school does not allow unhealthy food. Each parent is given a detailed grocery list but can make a special snack for one of the days. The only rules are that it can’t contain nuts or chocolate.
- 12:00 pm- she is home from school.
- Around 12:15 to 12:30pm– Lunch
- Around 1 to 1:30pm- Goes down for her nap
- Around 3pm- Wakes up from her nap
- 3:30pm– Snack #2 of the day.
- Around 5:30-6pm: Dinner
- Around 7-7:30pm: Bedtime
Favorite Toddler Feeding Items:
- Bumpkin Silicone Plate– these are my absolute favorite plates. They suction so well to tables.
- EZPZ plate and bowl- I also love this cup for when you introduce water in an open cup. It’s super tiny (think shot glass) but great to quickly pick up and practice open cup drinking.
- Kiddobloom silverware, plate, bowl, and cup
- Hydroflask– we take this everywhere! I try do serve her water or milk in an open cup when sitting for meals at home.
- Dining Chair for eating out– Temple is too big for this now, but we LOVED it when she was smaller.
- Frozen Pop Tray or this one, this is fun for when we make homemade smoothies!
- Booster Seat- now that Temple’s bigger we use this instead of her high chair
- Stasher Bags– these are the best for storing any sandwiches or leftovers. We try to avoid plastic as much as possible in our home.
- Lunchbot- I take this for picnics or snacks on-the-go.
- Fun Sandwich Cutters
- Reusable Snack bags
- Kid Food Picks– these are fun and get kids excited for snack time. I just ordered them!
- Glass Meal Prep Containers– Love these for storing leftovers.
Added Nutrients to snacks:
- I love adding hemp hearts, chia seeds, or flax seeds into any dishes that can easily be added. EX: Sprinkle on PB and banana toast, add into yogurt, etc.
- Cook food in grass-fed ghee or unsalted grass-fed butter for extra fat!
- Cook food in avocado oil for healthy fats.
- If making smoothies, this is the protein we use for the whole family. I usually make extra and use popsicle holders as a fun snack! I even let Temple eat it in the bathtub, which is a fun activity.
Misc. Snack Plate Ideas:
- Guacamole, hummus, and chips. Note* be careful with chips- they are a known choking hazard. I typically use Siete chips, Whole Foods Brand Guac, and Cedars Hummus.
- Quartered cherry tomatoes, pickles, hummus
- Cheese, dark chocolate chips, pretzels, sliced Applegate turkey
- String Cheese and Halo Mandarin Oranges
- Cherry tomatoes, cubed cheese, cubed avocado. Top with a little lemon juice and EBB seasoning.
- Sliced avocado with lemon juice squeezed on top and sprinkled of EBB seasoning.
- Ants on a Log- celery with nut butter spread on top with raisins. This could be hard for some toddlers to bite, so make sure you are confident in their chewing and biting skills before serving raw veggies.
- Sliced peaches wrapped in prosciutto with drizzle honey on top. Temple is obsessed with this + you’re getting some good protein from the prosciutto.
- Thinly sliced and peeled apples + nut butter layer on each one or serve the nut butter on the side for “dipping.”
- Thinly sliced carrot sticks + guacamole or hummus or cottage cheese or primal kitchen ranch to dip. Aka dip them in whatever you want!!!
- Cottage cheese mixed with fresh fruit. I love topping my cottage cheese with everything but the bagel seasoning.
- Hard-boiled eggs. I usually add EBB seasoning or a side of hummus for dipping.
- Plain full-fat greek yogurt. I usually add a swirl of nut butter and fresh fruit. It’s also helpful to add a slice of toast for dipping.
- Thinly sliced bell peppers and hummus or dip of choice
- Strawberries, pretzels, and string cheese mixed in a bowl
- Sweet Potato Fries with PrimalKitchen Ketchup
- Bone Broth- we love sipping on bone broth or adding it to noodles, especially in fall, when everyone is getting sick.
- Veggie Scramble- sometimes, when we have nothing in the fridge, I scramble some eggs with whatever we have on hand!
- Chomp Jerky Sticks
- Lesser Evil Paleo Puffs
- Stoneyfield Yogurt squeeze– I like to store these in the freezer and then grab them for an on the go snack to put in the bag.
- Once Upon a Farm squeezes
- Go Macro Bars
- Simple Mills Crackers
- Annies Cheddar bunnies
- Beechnut Bars
- Hippeas Chickpea Puffs
- Simply 7 Lentil Chips
- Late July Mini PB Crackers
- Natures Bakery Fig Bar
- Epic Beef Bars
- Rice Cakes
- Dried Mango– I give her tiny bites of this since its harder to chew.
- Cascadian Farms Purely O’s
- Siete Chips– Be careful with chips. They are a choking hazard.
- Serenity Foods– these are great when first introducing foods! Temple personally doesn’t love them as much as a toddler, but they are excellent for babies!
Ideas with Roll-Ups:
- Tortilla with a layer of nut butter + mashed raspberries. Make into sushi roll-up
- “Banana Sushi”- roll banana with sun butter or nut butter of choice in whole grain tortilla, slice.
- Turkey Roll-Ups- fill with hummus, guac, and cheese
- Ham, cheese, pickle roll-ups
- Add a layer of nut butter on top + fresh fruit.
- I love adding sliced bananas, drizzle, honey, a sprinkle of chia seeds.
- Mashed raspberries are another yummy idea to add on top of your nut butter.
- Add a layer of hummus and Everything But Bagel Seasoning.
Ideas with bread:
- Bread brands I love:
- Ezekiel 4:9– I store mine in the freezer, so it lasts longer. They have a cinnamon raisin flavor that is great for breakfast- especially french toast! YUM!
- Canyon Bakehouse Gluten-Free Bread– the best GF bread IMO. I also store this in the freezer.
- Dave’s Killer Bread “Thin Slice”- I love this one, but it does have more sugar than I prefer. But, it’s still a great option that is sold in most stores. I usually buy the thin sliced.
- Fresh Sourdough Bread from the Bakery at Grocery Store (I typically go to Whole Foods or Central Market)
- Cream cheese and sliced strawberry sandwich
- Peanut butter and sliced banana sandwich.
- Thinly sliced cucumber rounds + cream cheese sandwich
- turkey sandwich- I add whatever I have in the fridge that would work on it!
- Toasted bread with hummus and thinly sliced hard-boiled eggs on top
- Turkey sandwich with pesto and cheese sandwich
- Tuna sandwich: I mix one can of tuna with a scoop of Primal Kitchen Mayo, chopped pickles, a tiny bit of mustard.
- Ham and cheese sandwich- I love Applegate ham.
- Avocado toast- I mash half an avocado and mix with a little lemon juice, salt, and pepper.
Other Blogger Recipes and Sites I love for Kid Recipe Ideas:
- Spinach, Banana, Oat Muffins– I find making them as muffins work best. These are the mini silicone holders we use. PS- I love all of Inspiralized Kids recipes!
- Banana Prune Oatmeal Bake– One of Temple’s absolute favorites. Makes a great breakfast or snack. I also love Kelsey’s Instagram– she shares lots of recipes for her daughter on stories.
- Blueberry Lemon Breakfast Bars– This is my sister’s recipe. She has a whole Kid Food section on her blog!
- Snowballs and Pinwheels by BabyLedWeaningIdeas. All of her recipes are awesome and super easy!
- Restoring Radiance– she shares a lot of her son’s snacks/meals on her Instagram stories.
- Feeding Littles