Snacking is an important part of a toddler’s diet as they need to eat little and often to make sure they are getting enough energy and nutrients from their diet.
Healthy, well-timed snacks can also help prevent toddlers from getting overly hungry or cranky between meals.
Stick to a snack schedule- toddlers do better with a routine, so try to serve snacks and meals at about the same time every day. That way your toddler will know what to expect.Aim to offer your toddler 2-3 healthy snacks, between meals each day.
Snacks are a great chance for toddlers to show their independence. Offer a few healthy options, then sit back and let your toddler choose what and how much to eat.
The influence you have on your toddler’s eating habits may never as be stronger as they are right now. So take this opportunity to lead by example if your toddler sees mum or dad eating some carrot sticks they will probably ask for one too!
Some examples of snacks for toddlers are:
- Veggie sticks.
- Fresh fruit thinly sliced or cut into small pieces
- Whole-grain crackers
- Cheese cut into small pieces
- Whole plain yogurt
- Rice cakes and smooth peanut butter
More great snack ideas can also be found in our recipe section.