Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Healthy Toddler Snacks

First thing's first. Don’t be deceived by the title of today’s post. Rest assured, healthy eating (or eating at all, in the case of Oskar) is a major struggle in this house with two boys, ages 4, and 2, but I wanted to tell you what DOES work for us when it comes to some healthy options that both boys gobble right up. Of course, we’ve got cartons of Goldfish and fruit snacks in our pantry, but I try to first suggest one of the following.
1. Hippeas: we recently discovered these organic puffed chickpeas and LOVE them. We subscribe and save to these, the walnuts and cashews, and the cheese stars, below.

2. Walnuts and Cashews: We spend a small fortune on these at the rate we go through them, but both boys love both varieties.

3. Snap peas: This one is totally a luck of the draw. Oskar wont eat anything else green, but snap peas are a go. He likes the crunch of them and will ask for these pretty regularly. We started out with air fried snap peas, and finally moved on to the real thing.

4. Hard boiled eggs: These are a staple source of protein for Oskar who will very rarely eat meat. I boil 6 or so at a time and the boys have them for breakfast and lunch alike.

5. String cheese: We’ve got two super fans. This may be our most requested snack, and I’m fine with that.

6. Naked Green Machine juice: This one’s a recent discovery, and both boys gulped it right down after I re-named it “Hulk Juice”. I love that it contains fruits AND vegetables…sneaky mom.

7. Cherry tomatoes: Another random winner, which I think was prompted by us growing them together over the summer a few years ago . Oskar loves them most and has them for a side to his meal quite often.

8. Banana with Peanut Butter: this one’s super yummy and filling. We like to have this on Saturday mornings before heading out to the park, the zoo, etc. to keep them from complaining they’re hungry right away.

9. Imag!ne Cheese Stars: these are SO GOOD. They’re made with real cheese, have no artificial colors or flavors, and have 6 grams of protein per serving.

10. Hummus and pita: Another family favorite, which is also super easy to pack for school lunches.

Hopefully this gave you some ideas on what to incorporate into your rolodex of snack suggestions. I'd also love to hear what your favorite healthy options are! Comment below!

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