Skip the potato chips and make snack time exciting and healthy again! Whether you’re a working mom or a dad who doesn’t cook, try these quick and easy snack recipes for your toddler:
1. Strawberry Oatmeal Smoothie
This delicious smoothie has all the right nutrients in one place – vitamins, fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, potassium, and antioxidants.
1 heaping cup strawberries (frozen)
1 ripe banana (frozen or fresh)
1/3 cup old-fashioned oats
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp chia seeds
1 tbsp honey (optional)
1 cup milk (you can also use almond, rice, hemp, soy, or coconut milk)
Place all ingredients into blender and blend for 1-2 minutes or until all ingredients are combined and smooth.
For more info, visit Baby Foode’s website.
2. Baked Sweet Potato Fries
As aforementioned, sweet potato is a superfood that contains plenty of nutrients and vitamins.
1 large sweet sotato (washed, peeled, and cut into fries)
2 tbsp olive oil
2 tsp smoked paprika.
Firstly, pre-heat the oven to 375 degrees F. Then, place sweet potatoes into a mixing bowl and toss with the olive oil and smoked paprika until they are all coated. After that, place them a baking tray on one single layer.Bake for 35 mins, turning half way through.
For more info, visit Healthy Little Foodies’ website.
3. Zucchini Muffins
Zucchini is a popular summer squash vegetable. It is a good source of calcium, magnesium, and phosphorous. Your little one will not notice the zucchini in these muffins at all!
2 cups all purpose flour
1 cup brown sugar
2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp nutmeg
1/8 tsp ginger
1/8 tsp allspice
1/2 tsp salt
Stir into flour mixture until batter is just combined. Spoon into well greased muffin cups, filling to the top. Bake at 350° for 20 minutes.
For more info, visit Parenting’s website.
4. Peanut Butter Bars
Gluten and dairy free, this peanut butter bars are quick and easy to make.
(Note: Do check with your child’s doctor if he or she is allergic to peanuts.)
4 medium bananas
2 cup oats, dry
6 tbsp peanut butter, all-natural
Walnuts and chocolate chips (optional)
Preheat oven to 350°F and grease a glass dish. Then, mash the bananas and mix together with oats and peanut butter. Spread the dough evenly in the prepared dish, then sprinkle with walnuts and chocolate chips. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Lastly, cut into bars.
For more info, visit Super Healthy Kids’ website.
5. Cocoa Yogurt Cup
Rich in protein and probiotics, yogurt is a great source of calcium (even better than milk!). Besides that, yogurt consumption leads to more fullness and less hunger, according to a University of Washington study.
1/2 cup plain or lower sugar vanilla yogurt
1 tsp cocoa powder
1 tsp maple syrup or honey
In a cup, thoroughly combine all the ingredients. Serve chilled.
For more info, visit Yummy Toddler Food’s website.