Any doctor will tell you that it is best to inculcate the importance of good nutrition to a child at a very young age, in particular, when they are still toddlers. That is why it is while that they are at this age, it is ideal that they develop a taste and a genuine liking for snacks with a high nutritional value, Healthy Snacks for Toddlers if you will.
Processed foods that are loaded with sugar, preservatives and other chemicals but empty in calories are best avoided during this period. Instead, go for natural whole foods, preferably organic.
Healthy Snacks for Toddlers – Fruits and Veggies
Perhaps the best snacks that you could give to your toddler are fresh fruits and vegetables. Have apple slices, celery sticks, grapes (sliced in half) or a piece of banana prepared in an insulated or zip lock bag, so that your toddler can nibble on them while he or she is playing. If available, go for fruits and vegetables that have been organically grown. Take note that most toddlers may not find it appealing to eat vegetables.
You can make celery sticks or cucumber slices tastier by putting natural peanut butter as topping. Be a good role model to your kids as well. Eat your veggies. If your toddler sees you eating them, chances are they will also follow your example. One way to get them to like veggies is by preparing a tasty salad of chopped tomatoes and cucumbers with a dash of salt and a little olive oil.
To make it tastier, you can add raisins or natural peanut butter. Just remember that it is best that your toddler develop a liking to fruits and vegetables by serving it to them regularly. Again, do not give them junk foods like chips or candies on a regular basis as these are tastier (albeit unhealthy) when compared with cucumbers or tomatoes.
Of course, you don’t have to limit your toddler’s snacks to just fresh produce. Give them whole grain crackers that are rich in whole grains instead of refined or processed grains. One good brand that sells yummy whole grain crackers is Kashi. In addition to these healthy crackers, you can give them cheese cut into strings, cubes or slices.
To inculcate healthy nutrition in your toddler, take note of the natural fresh foods that your child loves. Determine the food items which you can combine to make a visually appealing snack. Make it a point to stock up on healthy food items, instead of junk foods like chips, candies and processed fruit snacks. Don’t forget to give them tasty cereals, preferably those that are made out of whole grains and have no sugar added. The key to good nutrition in a toddler is by developing in them a genuine liking for healthy snacks instead of unhealthy processed foods.
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