Monday, 9 May 2016

Healthy Snack Ideas for Toddlers




Not long ago Archie started being increasingly active. He's still mainly crawling but he doesn't stop going all day. In turn, he's become extra hungry during the day. I've built up a large list of ideas in terms of snacks for him. I've also tailored a few recipes I've found along the way.



Date Balls

150g of dates.
1 tablespoon of low sugar/salt peanut butter (or any nut butter).
A tiny bit of agave nectar or honey if over 1.
1 tablespoon of chia seeds.
1 tablespoon of linseeds.
A dash of cinnamon.

  • Soak the dates in boiling water for 20 mins and drain. Save the drained water.
  • Put the dates and all the other ingredients into a food processor.
  • Add in a small amount of the date water until you're happy that the mixture can be rolled into balls
  • Roll into balls and keep in a airtight container, they usually last 5 days.

Optional: If you add less date water to the mixture, you'll have a stiffer consistency which can be pressed into a tin and cut into bars. You can also add more water and add half a cup of porridge oats for a change.
Archie absolutely loves these. They're a sweet treat and he only occasionally has them. However they are high in iron and really convenient for on the go.



Spinach, tomato and cheese flapjacks


100g of butter.
250g of oats.
2 large eggs.
250g of mature cheddar.
6 cherry tomatoes cut into quarters.
A handful of spinach leaves.

  • Preheat the oven to 180c and chop the spinach, tomatoes and grate the cheese.
  • Melt the butter in a pot and add all the ingredients. Make sure everything is evenly mixed through. 
  • Flatten the mixture into a baking tray and bake for 20 minutes.
  • Leave to cool and cut into cubes or bar shapes.

I love these flapjacks as they don't create a huge mess when Archie eats them. This means they're ideal for car journeys.

Here's a few more of Archie’s favourites;

Cheese on crackers
Breadsticks
Half a boiled egg
Blueberries
Cheese cubes
Whole grain toast with hummous
Rice pudding
Prunes
Dates
Dried fruit
Quiche cut into cubes
Roast sweet potato sticks
Shredded wheat cereal
Bran cereal
Chicken breast cubes



I've tried and tested these and they're all super easy to pop in a lunchbox and bring on the go. They're cheaper than buying a lot of the snacks out there aimed at toddlers and I presume healthier.
I've only included two recipes. These two are by far the easiest and require little time or effort. Do you have any other snack ideas?

Thanks for reading,
R
X


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5 comments :

  1. Those flapjacks sound lovely! I really need to be a bit more proactive and make some snacks instead of endlessly buying in baby crisps. x #bigpinklink

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  2. The flapjacks sounds lovely. I used to make carrot muffins when my little boy was BLW, he really liked them. #PicknMix
    Lisa - It's a Blogs Life

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  3. Wow, these look like brilliant recipes. I've never thought of doing savoury flapjacks before, I might have to make these with the kids for lunch boxes etc. Thanks for linking up with us! #bigpinklink

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  4. I fancy a lot of this myself ;) Thanks for linking up to #Picknmix

    Stevie x

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  5. Mmm I want to eat some of these! Bookmarking this! My little one is just about to start weaning, so probably a little ways away from this but some excellent tips and tricks! Thanks for linking up with #StayClassy. : )

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