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There’s no better way to get kids to want to eat healthy food than to make it look fun! Check out these fun toddler snacks that are healthy too! We love sharing snack ideas for daycare.
There are a few things to remember when feeding toddlers. Make sure to cut up any small round fruits and vegetables so they won’t choke. Cutting them in half is not enough, they need to be quartered. I have an awesome grape cutter that I love for that!
They also need to be easy to chew. So if you want to use something extra hard like carrot sticks, you can microwave them first for about 30 seconds. It doesn’t cook them, but it softens them enough for them to bite easier.
Toddlers are notoriously picky creatures. Be patient though, they won’t starve to death, I promise. They may only want to eat goldfish crackers and gummies right now, but if you make eating other things fun, it can help. For more help in getting picky kids to eat healthy food, check out this post.
Toddlers can have super small appetites, it’s surprising at times how little they actually eat, but if you keep modeling good eating habits and keep from putting pressure on eating, they will eat what they need and stay healthy.
Healthy snacks for toddlers
I love making special snacks for kids for special occasions, but I still want them to be healthy. I also need them to meet the food program requirements. For kid snacks, we have to choose two categories from the following: fluid milk, meat or meat alternate, grains (one per day must be whole grain, but it doesn’t have to be at snack) and fruits and vegetables.
I also HATE taking a lot of time to make something cute unless it’s a special occasion like a party or something like that. I like it even better if my daycare parents make fun stuff! that always makes the party super special. Whether you do a cute snack to delight the eye, or another super tasty snack, some new ideas are always welcome.
Obviously these snacks are fun for any age, but toddlers are the hardest to feed, so I was focusing on them first!
Vegetable snacks for kids
Roll out these adorable, nutritious Veggie Vehicles at snack time to make eating vegetables more fun!
Got an empty tummy to fill but don’t want to ruin the chances of the evening meal getting eaten? These little mason jar nacho snacks are fast and simple to create, and will provide a much needed energy boost.
This sheet pan sweet potato nachos recipe is an easy vegetarian nachos recipe, great for a snack! Customize your toppings based on kids’ favorites.
Homemade Crispy Air Fryer Potato Wedges recipe, here you go!!! Seasoned with herbs, these Potato Wedges are perfectly crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. Quick, easy, inexpensive and a healthier alternative to the store bought or deep fried potatoes wedges.
This quick, easy and healthy Vegan Rainbow Vegetable Tortilla Wrap is packed full of colorful veggies that kiddoes, big and small, will love.
Fruit snacks for kids
Yogurt parfaits are fun to eat, delicious, and even picky eaters love them. And they are gorgeous too!
Don’t forget about fruit kabobs! Super cute and very fun to make.
Check out these super cute pig yogurt bowls. Every kid would want this!
How much fun is this Rainbow Fruit Tray with Orange Honey Greek Yogurt Dip? It makes for a vibrant and healthy snack or appetizer for kids and adults and is perfect for feeding a crowd!
Crispy homemade Healthy 5 flavors Banana chips / Plantain chips are awesome in taste and way better than store bought.
What kid wouldn’t love a chocolate dipped frozen banana for snack like these chocobananos? What a fun treat. They can be topped with a variety of colorful toppings and it’s easy enough for kids to help you make them.
Enjoy a healthy snack banana split frozen yogurt, fruit, granola, what could be a better way to start your day? And you can just use toasted oats on top since we can’t use granola on the food program! What a fun idea! If you’re not sure what yogurt is allowed on the food program, click here.
Watermelon Pizza is the perfect fun snack to serve your little ones. It is refreshing, healthy, quick to prepare and so delicious.
They say an apple a day keeps the doctor away, and these fun apple bugs make a great way to persuade kids to eat them!
Blast away with these fun and easy fruit rockets for kids! Made just from fruit, they make a great snack for budding astronauts!
Bread snacks for kids
Fruit tacos are a fun and healthy dessert for kids and grown ups. The fruit filled crepes are quick, easy and endlessly customizable.
Strawberry Banana Chickpea Flour Muffins are light and fluffy, yet high in protein. These easy gluten free muffins are ready in 30 minutes and are perfect for on-the-go snacks for kids.
These easy bread shapes are a fun way for kids to get creative in the kitchen. We made ours into fun bug shapes, but you could make them into any shapes!
These English muffins with cream cheese will definitely leave your kids feeling like they had a real treat! A great alternative to overly sugary snacks for kids. And you can make them in any shape you want for any occasion!
No-bake veggie pizzas are a fresh, exciting snack … and a great way to get kids to eat more vegetables!
Meat or meat alternate snacks for kids
Healthy 5 minute chocolate hummus dip served with fresh fruit, pretzels, tortillas, crackers or whatever you like. This hummus is made with natural whole ingredients.
This snackin’ sandwich recipe is a fun edible art project for a special little lunch box surprise! Choose basic peanut butter and jelly or venture into our other creative filling ideas (even lots of nut-free options)!
A snack that contains veggies and some protein is a winning combination and these Ants on a Log tick both boxes. Not only is the snack nutritious but it is fun and a great way to encourage kids to get involved with preparing food.
How about these super fun pizza flavored tortilla boats? My kids would LOVE to be served this for snack!
These easy cheese owls would be a super great snacky treat.
A high protein snack that is ready to serve in just 20 minutes! Check out these roasted chickpea and edamame!
For more snack ideas for CACFP food program, click on this article, for lunch ideas, click here, for breakfast ideas, click here. And to see the CACFP requirements, click here, for help with whole grain ideas, click here.
And for healthy dinner ideas, check this out.
And for more inspiration for daycare meals that will save you money too, check out these dirt cheap meals for daycare.