Healthy Toddler Snacks to Prepare Ahead
In a toddlers everyday life snacks are an important contribution for their overall nutritional needs. Planning for toddler snacks is a normal part of a parents daily routine. It is vital that your toddler snacks are healthy and contributing to his or her over all nutritional needs.
Traveling involves planning. Planning for your toddler snacks is crucial for the success of you trip. Your travel experience may not always go according to schedule, but your toddlers hunger needs will always be on schedule! So plan for your toddler snacks before you travel.
A couple reminders for you planning.
- Dry food will keep the best.
- Airport security allows food items, but never more than 3 oz. of liquid.
- Root and stem vegetables will keep without refrigeration.
- Dried fruit is a good choice.
- Powdered beverages that mix with water.
- Seal all items in Ziploc bags.
- Carry wipes with you.
Include your toddler in your travel planning by allowing then to help prepare their toddler snacks.Cooking is a great activity to do with your children. Toddlers love the hands on activity and the eating the food they created is very inviting for them. they will be excited to eat those snacks during your family travels!
Three toddler snacks for you to make with your child before traveling.
- 2 cups corn flakes
- 3/4 cup flour
- 1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1 cup flavored yogurt (banana, strawberry,etc)
- 1 egg slightly beaten
- 2 Tablespoons flour
Preheat oven to 350*F
Combine cereal, 3/4 cup flour, sugar and cinnamon together in a small bowl.
Cut in butter until coarse crumbs form.
Press 1/2 the mixture firmly into the bottom of a greased 8 inch square pan.
Mix yogurt, egg and 2 tablespoons flour together in another small bowl.
Spread this yogurt mixture over cereal mixture in pan and then sprinkle the remaining cereal mixture on top
Bake for 30 minutes or until golden brown; cut into bars when cooled.
Courtesy of Stonyfield Farms Yogurt
1 Tablespoon honey
1/4 cup rolled oats or Granola*
1/4 cup raisins
3 Tablespoons peanut butter
1/4 cup wheat germ
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
Mix and roll into about a 1 inch balls. Easy way to get carrots in the tummy!
*Granola makes these Energy Balls more tasty and adds a nice crunch!
Toddler Trail Mix**
- dried fruits
- cereal rings (Cheerios, Oatie O’s, Gorilla Munch, etc.)
- yogurt chips (chocolate chips, m&m’s)
- roasted soy “nuts”
Mix the above ingredients in equal amount together in a larger bowl or seal-able bag. Start with 1 cup of each and then add or subtract as needed.
** Mix only those food items that you find appropriate for your Toddler**