10 Quick & Healthy Snacks For Toddlers
You want to help your kids nourish and energize their little bodies with the best foods that you can get your hands on. Unfortunately, fresh doesn’t always go hand in hand with quick and easy. Luckily, there are many food companies out there that take using the best ingredients in their snacks very seriously. Today we have compiled some great snack options for your kids when you need something that is not only great for grab and go but also delicious.
Nourish Snacks is the creation of NBC’s Today Show Nutritionist, Joy Bauer. They carefully craft delicious recipes using simple, wholesome ingredients that you can trust. So, with a matured RDN behind these wholesome snacks, you can feel confident that you are letting your little ones munch on a snack that is good for them. Feel free to stuff your little ones’ lunch box with any of the lip-smacking, child-friendly choices that Nourish Snacks has to offer and you will be sure that lunch boxes will return home empty. Kids simply devour these snacks.
With flavors like PB Jammin’ and Granny Apple Pie, these snacks are so much fun for kids and tasty too. There are 25 innovative flavor combinations to serve every mood and craving. Rest assured that Nourish Snacks are strategically formulated with the perfect combination of protein, fiber and antioxidants to leave your family feeling energized and satisfied. Plus, they are conveniently packaged in portion-controlled bags, each under 200 calories. How much easier could they have made it for a mom to serve a healthy snack? These snacks are made from trusted ingredients and are all gluten free, dairy free, non-GMO, and vegetarian.
If you’re looking for a smart, nutritious and fun snack, look no further than Lifeway Kefir. Lifeway Foods offers the best in probiotic and nutritious foods. In fact, they are not only improving our health one yummy snack at a time, but in doing so, they are redefining how we have fun!
With that said, let’s talk about their main ingredient: kefir. Kefir is a tart and tangy cultured milk smoothie that is high in protein, calcium and vitamin D. Thanks to Lifeway’s exclusive blend of kefir cultures, each one of their kefir products contains 12 live and active cultures and 7 to 10 billion beneficial probiotic strains.
If you’re unfamiliar with kefir, here are 8 reasons why you should pick up one of these products the next time you’re at the grocery store:
- Probiotics are healthy, beneficial microorganisms such as bacteria or yeast found in the digestive tract.
- The probiotics in kefir support a healthy gut, where 70-80% of the cells that make up the immune system are located.
- Protein, abundant in kefir, increases satiety and reduces hunger cravings throughout the day.
- The live and active probiotic cultures found in kefir may help support digestion.
- An 8 oz serving of Lifeway lowfat kefir contains 11 grams of natural protein.
- Kefir’s probiotic cultures break down milk sugars, which supports lactose digestion.
- Kefir is loaded with tryptophan, the amino acid that helps raise the levels of serotonin in your brain.
- A serving of Lifeway kefir provides roughly one third of your daily calcium needs.
On a hot, late summer day, there really is no better afternoon snack than a Popsicle. While we absolutely love to make our own, sometimes it’s nice to be able to just reach into the freezer and pull out a pre-made bar. Unfortunately so many frozen options are loaded with sugar and preservatives. So, we were super excited to try two of Lifeway’s delicious frozen treats: Frozen ProBugs in Strawnana Split and Frozen Kefir Bars in Green Tea Raspberry.
- Probugs Frozen Kefir is a creamy, nutritious and delicious dessert that packs 10 live and active probiotic cultures. Made with all natural ingredients and packed with excellent sources of protein and calcium, your little ones will love this tart and tangy treat!
- With only 60 calories in each bar, Lifeway Frozen Kefir Bars are a tart ‘n tangy superfood treat the whole family will love.
As we stated earlier, both options are packed with kefir designed to give your immune and digestive system a good jolt. But they are also super yummy. So, be sure to check them out!
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We want our toddlers to snack healthy, but sometimes that means less convenience and an on-the-go mess. Ella’s Kitchen gives toddlers a healthy and delicious way to snack, all while providing moms and dads with an easy, convenient, and mess-free way to pack and dole out those snacks. Ella’s Kitchen offers a wide range of healthy snack foods perfect for toddler’s little hands and picky taste buds. Every product is certified USDA organic, with no additives, extra sugar, or other unwanted ingredients. It’s the next best thing to homemade!
Toddlers of course love cookies, and you’ll instantly become the cool mom when you hand out Milk & Vanilla Toddler Cookies for afternoon snack. Your kids will love you, and you’ll love knowing that these cookies aren’t actually all that bad for them. With an ingredient list that is short and understandable, these yummy cookies give toddlers just the right amount of sweetness.
Ella’s Kitchen’s Nibbly Fingers are a great alternative to traditional granola and cereal bars for your toddler. In a small portioned size just right for little hands, these whole grain oat bars are packed full of real pureed fruits and vegetables, without refined sugar or concentrates. Let your toddler try them all until he finds his favorite nibbly flavor, whether that’s Bananas & Raisins, Mangoes & Carrots, or another yummy combo!
Off the shelf chips are some of the worse snack foods for little ones, with all the salt, trans fats, and empty calories. Replace the handful of chips for your toddler’s snack or lunch with Ella’s Kitchen’s Multigrain Sticks or Multigrain Puffs. Your toddler will still get that satisfying crunch, but without the yucky extras; not to mention the healthy dose of organic fruits, vegetables, and whole grains that are in each stick and puff.
All of Ella’s Kitchen’s toddler snack foods come in handy, individually wrapped portions that are perfect for sticking in the diaper bag or backpack on your way out the door. Healthy snacking made easy, convenient, and delicious is a win-win for toddlers and parents alike!
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Getting our toddlers to eat their fruits and vegetables is no easy task. When it’s time for a snack, more than likely he’s not jumping up and down for a carrot stick or begging you for a pear. Well, that may all be about to change when you bring Earth’s Best home. Earth’s Best doesn’t just do baby food well, they also provide toddlers and big kids with healthy, organic snack food options that are both delicious and on-the-go convenient.
Earth’s Best SIMPLY Freeze Dried Fruits come in properly portioned and individually wrapped packs that are great for grabbing on your way to the library or the playground. The assorted pack contains several different freeze dried organic fruits, such as strawberry, banana, and apple pieces, that are both soft to chew and flavorful. With no artificial flavors, colors, or sweeteners, these yummy fruit bits are a great source of Vitamin C for your toddler. And we guarantee you won’t have to force or bribe your toddler to finish the bag!
While it’s not the most appealing mode of food transportation to us, a toddler will eat basically anything that comes in a squeeze pouch. Let’s use that to our advantage! Earth’s Best’s Fruit & Veggie Wave comes in a beloved BPA-free squeeze pouch and is packed full of nutritious fruits, vegetables, and whole grain oats such as barley and quinoa. When we say “packed full”, we mean it. There’s half a serving of fruit in every pouch, and these pouches are 20% larger than the average toddler food pouches, which is more suited for growing kids. This means your toddler won’t be wanting more when they’re finished (who are we kidding, right?). In yummy varieties, such as Apple, Strawberry, Beet and Pear, Mango, Carrot these pouches won’t last long at all in your home. That’s one thing you can feel good about!
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Nothing is more stressful for a parent than an extra cranky teething baby. There is only so much you can do to relieve your child’s pain, but thankfully teething biscuits are helpful. Have you tried Sweetie Pie Wafers for your little one? These teething biscuits are the perfect size for tiny hands and have a crunch that children love. Rest assured that you won’t have a great big mess to clean up after your child is done eating because these Sweetie Pie Tiny Wafers dissolve easily with no mess. The teething cookies are wholesome and made with 100% organic ingredients. The best part is that your child will get a full serving of fruits or vegetables when they eat these teething biscuits, because the snacks are made with 50% real fruit or vegetable puree.
As a baby’s food should be, you will never find additives or preservatives in Sweetie Pie Tiny Wafers. With three yummy flavors to pick from, apple, sweet beet, and carrot, you will find your baby’s favorite. This is the perfect snack for the teething stage, but with so much goodness it is no doubt that you will be serving these snacks to your child well beyond teething age.
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Olives are so delicious and low in calories that they make a wonderful snack. Generally olives have not been very convenient to include in the lunch box. However, a pack of Olives To Go is always ready-to-go in single-serve, liquid-free, easy-to-open cups. Perfect for lunch boxes, gym bags, desk drawers, as well as great for after school or an after-sports group snack they are a great choice for a tasty wholesome snack.
Each cup holds ten large olives that are just the right size for little hands and pitted so there is no choking hazard. What really makes these olives loved by children is that Olives To Go is packaged with a unique California curing process that removes the bitterness and gives the olives their smooth, savory flavor. Using sea salt rather than iodized salt, this curing process requires more time, effort, and expense, but the results distinguish these black ripe olives from all the others and you can count on your child eating a snack that has been prepared with care.
GimMe Chips are amazingly delicious seaweed rice chips. You can serve your kids a healthy crunchy snack and skip the potato chips. GimMe Chips are made with organic ingredients, seasoned to perfection and every bite is savory. The chips are also gluten free and non GMO verified. You and your kids can pick from four varieties of flavors. “Sea Salt” is made with the finest roasted seaweed, organic brown rice, lentils, and sesame seeds then seasoned with a pinch of sea salt. If you like a bit of sweetness, then you will love the “Teriyaki Seaweed Rice Chips”. Organic ingredients are combined with the complex flavors of teriyaki seasoned to perfection. Families that enjoy a little kick with their crunch will love the “Wasabi” flavor. It has a bold blast of wasabi that will get your tongue-tingling and nose-tickling.
Toddlers go crazy over GimMe Seaweed Snacks because they are so deliciously crunchy and the roasted Korean style seaweed is designed to eat like a potato chip with exceptional quality, consistency and flavor. Moms love it because it is certified organic, certified non GMO, certified gluten free, and predominately organic sesame, organic sesame oil, and 100% sea salt from New Zealand. It’s the only certified organic and non GMO seaweed on the market, so it is the best you are going to find.
The Roasted Seaweed Sheets are very thin and delicate and may become a favorite low carb snack in your household. They come in four flavors – sea salt, teriyaki, sesame, and wasabi. You can have your choice of savory sweet or spicy punch with this variety. If you are one of those who just can’t stop eating these, then try the new Wrap n’ Roll, it is the crispy roasted seaweed you love—now in larger size sheets. You can even get roasted seaweed crumbles to sprinkle over your favorite foods like rice and popcorn. These crumbles are a great way to add flavor to food to get your fussy kids to eat them. Tiny clusters of the finest roasted seaweed is seasoned with Sesame satisfaction. The Sesame Seaweed Crumbles deliver classic umami deliciousness with a pinch of cane sugar and a dash of sea salt.
Do you have a picky eater on your hands? If you do, you know the stress that comes with worrying about them getting all of their nutrients. Are you often on the go and want to have something that is simple to grab and throw in your bag, pack into a lunchbox or can easily be put into a leakproof cup for a long car ride? Orgain has introduced the perfect option- an organic nutritional shake. These flavorful shakes are doctor developed and have a taste that kids love.
Healthy Kids Nutritional Shakes come in three different flavors-chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry. Along with being gluten free, vegetarian, GMO free and soy free they are also organic and made with grass fed milk. One shake contains 8 grams of protein as well as an organic fruit and veggie blend and 23 vitamins and minerals. These shakes solve the dilemma of what to give your child when you want to ensure that they are getting proper nutrients while still enjoying their snack.
If your child has a sensitivity to cow’s milk*, Kabrita USA is the perfect solution for the perfect on-the-go yogurt. It has all-natural, easy to digest goat’s milk, and comes in three delicious flavors: Mixed Berry, Banana & Natural Vanilla Bean and Mango Peach, that your child is sure to love. Kabrita Goat Milk Yogurt and Fruit has no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives, and no added sugar or water.
They are a natural and good source of Vitamins C, D & E, and also contain protein and fiber. Kabrita Goat Milk Yogurt and Fruit is Non-GMO project verified and available in convenient, easy to squeeze BPA-free packaging.
*not suitable for children with diagnosed Cow milk protein allergy.
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