When you’re planning to go out on a picnic or a road trip, what’s the first thing you think about packing? Food! Yes, we all love food because it keeps us happy and whole — your baby is no exception! Once your baby has weaned off breastfeeding and you’ve made the transition to give them solid foods, you might find it hard to figure out suitable snacks for your little one, especially when you’re on the move. Don’t worry, because you’ve come to the right place. Whether you want to pack some snacks for when you’re on vacation, or you want to feed your little one healthy snacks for daycare, our list below has got you covered! Keep reading as we list out some healthy but delicious snacks that your toddler can enjoy:
1. Banana Muffins
Gluten-free and dairy-free, these delicious treats are just what your toddler needs! The soft muffins with the goodness of bananas make your toddler a happy baby. You can also add blueberries while baking them and drizzle the muffins with honey or cream cheese. And add to that the aroma of ripe, fresh bananas will just make your meal a refreshing affair.
2. Sandwich Cubes
Sandwiches are the handiest on-the-go snack that anyone can have. Add two layers to the sandwiches to give them a flavor your kids can’t resist. Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are quite the favorite among kids. You can also make cheese sandwiches and add some lunch meat to them. If you’re kid is into meat or any other veggies, you can mix and match those as well. Cut off the edges of the bread, and your sandwich cubes are ready to go!
Hummus is an excellent alternative to processed dip. Who said tasty and healthy don’t make a good combo? Pack some hummus in a container and pair it with raw veggies. You can cut beetroot, carrots, celery, or baked potato into thin slices to give your kids the ultimate snack. You don’t have to be a vegetarian to love this delicious combo!
4. Fresh Fruit
Fruits are wonderful options for your little ones! You can either stick to one fruit that will leave them feeling happy or combine a few fruits to make a fruit salad. Some options include watermelon, grapes, apples, blueberries, melons, strawberries, pears, or bananas. Cut them into cubes so your kids can snack on them easily. Or if you’re short on time you can just pack those bananas or apples as they are without needing to cut them at all. They are good that way too.
5. Banana Bread
You can bake some banana bread for your kids. They are a great snacking option for your kids because they are packed with protein, whole grains, and fruits — an all-in-one scrumptious treat! Add some raisins, cashews, or blueberries to give them extra flavor. If baking it yourself is too much of a hassle for you, you can also pick up some banana bread from your nearby bakery or departmental store. Just make sure that you pick up a fresh batch.
6. Flavored Yogurt
Yogurt is nature’s gift and its list of benefits are just so many. It is a probiotic source of protein which is great for our gut health and digestions. The different flavors of yogurt available out there are quite impressive. They are small packets of energy food that make your day a wholesome one. Pick a few flavors when you visit the store and pack different flavors each day for your kids. They will love it!
7. Energy Bars
Energy bars are made with whole grains, dry fruits, and honey. These sweet treats are the best source of energy for your kids when you’re on the move. You get different flavors and even gluten-free options. These energy bars are eggless, contain healthy fats, and are a great source of complex carbs. If your little one is going to run around all day (at a picnic, playing sports, or swimming), it’s the best snacking option!
One of the most favorite among toddlers, crackers are a universal favorite. They are like biscuits but healthy and can be paired with cheese, nuts (watch out for allergies), jam, or even some pieces of olive. They are made with several nutritious ingredients and can be one of the easiest snacks to eat. So what are you waiting for? Get cracking!
9. Peanut Butter Oatmeal Energy Balls
With the natural sweetness of peanut butter and the goodness of oatmeal, these energy balls will leave your kids feeling satisfied. The combination of peanut butter and oatmeal is one of the most favorite cookie dough flavors that every kid loves. So, these little nutrition bites are perfect for a yummy snack for your kid. If your child is allergic to peanuts, you can also use sunflower seed butter or almond butter.
10. Pizza Muffins
Did someone say pizza? The loveliest of all, pizzas are a kids’ favorite! With these pizza muffins, you don’t have to worry about your children not enjoying their snacks. It’s cute, tasty, and will leave them wanting more. The cheesy combo makes everything better, and pizza muffins are a testament to that!
Yup, that’s right! Sometimes, you don’t even have to make a special snack for your kids! You can pack a little bit of the leftovers from the previous night’s dinner, and voila — their snack options are ready! Whether it’s some chicken breasts, oatmeal, or salad, leftovers make terrific treats for the next day too.
Trying to figure out what to feed your little one can be quite overwhelming. The challenge is to strike a balance between healthy and tasty, and that’s not always easy. But with these amazing options listed above, you don’t have to worry about it. Your kids will surely enjoy them even when they’re on the move! So, say goodbye to fussy eaters and hello to empty tiffin boxes! Do you have some amazing on-the-go treats that your kids love? Share them with us in the comments below!