Need more ideas for my toddlers snack tray - Page 13
My 17 mo DS LOVES, LOVES, LOVES cubed raw tofu. He also loves edamame, grapes and oranges, which I cut into sections and peel. He has no problems eating them that way. Lately, being 23 wks preg and getting lazier, I've been giving him graham crackers and cheddar bunnies as snacks when I'm tired. I think this tray idea may curb the junk snacks. Thanks for this idea!
isn't that just.. weird? i was going to make some fried tofu the other day and was like... i wonder if dd will eat this, haha? so i gave her some raw cubes and she liked it too! it doesn't taste like anything! but, you know, it sure does make snack prep a little easier.....
other stuff we like: most fruit, dd was pretty stoked about kiwi. she likes mango too. frozen blueberries, frozen anything, really.
little chicken chunks. rice. beans. hummus spread on thin bread cut into little squares. pesto on bread done the same way (which was a surprise) or as a dip.
dh has discovered that pancakes can be reheated and cut up. he's been making his own quick mix, so the pancakes can come with a variety of fruits
(and sneaky carrots & sweet potatoes too) in little squares. i buy some ww with added flax pasta, and dd will eat pieces of that, too.. depending on what kind you get (like penne is good, farfalle too) they work with dip pretty well.
First of all, this thread is awesome! It took several sessions but I read it all and noted the ideas that would work for us.
Check out Muffin Tin Monday:
Lots of ideas there. I saw it featured on OhDeeDoh
This blog is SO GREAT! Thanks for the tip! I feel so inspired and the hunt for muffin tins is now on!!!!
Every morning while making breakfast I make a snack tray too. After breakfast I set the tray out so my 2 yr old and me have healthly snacks at our disposal.
The 8 compartment tray normally contains:
Red seedless Grapes
Korean Pear cut-up
Whole grain crackers
pieces of Swiss cheese
peanut butter or almond butter
My toddler eats all the grapes first because they are his favorite. Everyday we have the same tray and by the end of the day it is empty. DH comes home and finishes it off (he eats some before dinner and the rest he shares with DS for after dinner snacking). This method has moved my family away from junk food so I want to offer a little variety.
Please suggest snacks that can sit out
wow, i appluad you as well, my daughter loves all the things you listed and we keep away from junk foods, she loves yogurts, the drinkable ones they are easy and can toss them away. there is a book out there for snack times alot like what your currently doing, they teach you how to make things with fruits on a plate, and other ideas to get health snacks into their diets if they arent real crazy about veggies.
my daughter hated veggies, but now i make a plate with broccoli she calls them her lil trees. and cut one down and make a bush, and add cut up strawberries on the bush and tree and say they are flowers. hope that helps some :)
I haven't read the thread, but would like to offer suggestions.
Slice bananas, place on wax paper covered cookie sheet, and freeze. You can't set out like the rest of your stuff, but your child could ask for it.
Also, I make popsicles out of pureed fruit. My kids especially love strawberry-banana. I blend those two fruits with a little unfiltered peach juice. I pour into dixie cups, cover with foil, cut a slit in the foil and stick popsicle stick through slit (if I didn't do this, the sticks would be crooked.)
When your child gets older you can freeze grapes on wax paper.
I store my frozen stuff in ziplock brand bags. They have no BPA, phthalates, or dioxin.
Check out www.elanaspantry.com for some of her gluten free cracker recipes. (And other snacks to. She just sent out mass email about apricot power bars.) She mainly uses almond flour and coconut flour--so much healthier than whole wheat.