Great snacks for toddlers

Stave off their hunger pangs with these super-healthy snacks!

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  • Great snacks for toddlers

    You already know your toddler needs three meals a day, but his smaller tummy means he can't manage big portions. Regular snacks are a great way to up his calorie intake and make sure he gets all the nutrients he needs. "Aim to give your toddler two to three snacks a day," says registered nutritionist Carina Norris. "Nutritious snacks that help to support his development are best." Most toddlers love sugary foods like biscuits and chocolate, however, while these are fine as occasional treats, it's best to limit them, as they can cause tooth decay if eaten regularly. Pack some healthy treats when you're going out, so you always have some tasty morsels to hand. Try these easy options.

  • Great snacks for toddlers

    Fresh Fruit

    Fresh fruit is packed with essential vitamins and minerals, and is an easy snack to give him at home or on the move. It contains natural fruit sugars, which give him a steady supply of energy.

    If you're going out, fill a small Tupperware box with grapes, blueberries, peeled satsuma segments, strawberries, or other fresh fruit for a quick and healthy snack. 

  • Great snacks for toddlers

    Small Pot of Yoghurt

    Yoghurt is high in calcium - essential for healthy, strong bones, and packed with protein, vital for muscle growth and brain function.

    Look out for children's yoghurts with no added sugar or artificial additives. You could also try natural yoghurt ands stir in some chopped fruit, such as bananas, strawberries, or blueberries for an extra-fruity boost! 

  • Great snacks for toddlers

    Breadsticks

    A healthy alternative to crisps, breadsticks provide the same satisfying 'crunch' but contain much less salt.

    Breadsticks also provide your toddler with a source of carbohydrate for energy to help keep him going all day! Try with some mashed-avocado dip for a protein and vitamin boost. 

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  • Great snacks for toddlers

    Chopped Raw Vegetables

    Colourful veggies like red peppers and carrots are full of betacarotene, which is used by the body to make vitamin A, essential for healthy skin. This vitamin also supports your toddler's immune system, helping him to resist those nasty coughs and colds!

    Encourage him to dip chopped veggies in a bowl of houmous. Not only does it make veggies more fun to eat, houmous contains healthy fats and is an excellent source of protein. 

  • Great snacks for toddlers

    Hard-Boiled Eggs or Mini Cheeses

    Eggs are a good source of protein and are packed with vitamin A and zinc to boost immunity. Hard-boiled eggs make a great snack - simply boil an egg, peel, cut into quarters and serve, or leave the shell on and wrap in silver foil to take with you if you're going out.

    Or try mini chesses, like Babybel - these are a great source of calcium and come individually wrapped - brilliant when you're on the go! 

Last updated on 22 April 2009

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