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I don't use processed food stuff when I can help it but I am always at a loss for snackie items to give the little man, 20 months old. He gets absurd amounts of cheese and loves pickles and olives. He is not so good on the fruit front but does some raisins, a bit of orange or banana here and there. We don't give him juice. He is still bfing also.<br><br>
I was wondering if anyone has recipes for homemade bars or non-sugary soft breads or things that would be yummy snacks for a toddler with the usual preferences (cheese and noodles). He does love spinach, thankfully!
 

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my guy loves tofu--just plain... whole wheat pancakes are a favorite around here, too. They re-heat nicely in the toaster oven (or are great room temp., too)... My three year-old likes almonds--I used to get the slivered kind before he could chop good...
 

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Strips of multi-grain bread, cut up pieces of apple and banana, steamed asparagus. From the plastic bag she's addicted to Veggie Booty, which we buy seemingly by the ton at the local HFS.
 

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My 21-month old DS also loves strips of multigrain toast (especially with a bit of Trader Joe's low-sugar jam). Also, still-frozen peas straight from the bag. Cut-up grapes. Large chunks of banana (he declines the slices). He likes dehydrated fruit -- that stuff called "just fruit." We also don't do juice and DS is still BFing. But sometimes in the afternoon, I give him soy milk or cooled herbal tea in his sippie with a multigrain cracker or McVitie's digestive biscuit.<br>
If we're home, what I do for snacks is put a bunch of different things in a mini muffin pan and DS can just graze. There's typically be a grain, a fruit, and some cheese.<br><br>
But, it can be tough. Some weeks he'll eat great stuff, other weeks are harder. I do give him organic crackers are cookies in crinkly little individual bags when I'm uninspired. Neither of us are big fans of Veggie Booty, but it's really popular among the Mommy set.<br>
I also make a lot of banana bread, gingerbread, etc and cut down on the sugar in the recipe.<br><br>
My attempts to get him to eat edamame, most vegetables, tofu (which he used to LOVE), and meat have been pretty much futile. But I do still offer. Almost every meal, he is offered what we're having plus one thing I know he'll like that I happen to have on hand.<br><br>
The way I feel, truthfully, is that BFing is a pretty healthy snack, too!
 

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Some snacks (that I often pack to go at our house):<br><br>
Grape tomatoes<br>
peppers<br>
cucmber<br>
prunes (really, they are tasty and high in antioxidents!)<br>
sliced apples<br>
oranges<br>
mandarin oranges in pear juice (canned)<br>
bananas<br>
scrambled eggs<br>
fruit leather<br>
grapes (I know, we watch carefully!)<br>
cheese sticks<br>
Frozen fruits (mango, strawberries, etc. These can be really messy, though)<br>
cooked carrots<br><br>
In terms of "bready things" that are good for you (or at least aren't bad!):<br><br>
KAMUT!!! Arrowhead Mills puts out a bag cereal (organic) of these non-processed, whole grain, nothing added, puffed kamut (like wheat). They are GREAT for snacks on the go and a bag is only $1.50.<br><br>
We also get some puffed veggie bites from Calbee (they have a tiny bit of sugar and salt) and Barbaras fruit and yogurt bars. I also picked up some vanilla mini-waffles at Whole Foods. IMHO, they are a reasonable "processed, but not too bad for you" treat for those times you need something easy and fast.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Strips of multi-grain bread, cut up pieces of apple and banana, steamed asparagus. From the plastic bag she's addicted to Veggie Booty, which we buy seemingly by the ton at the local HFS.</div>
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I second the veggie booty the fruity booty is great too! It's not to pricey and its made with real vegtable or fruit juice and corn my 16 month old ds just loves it. Its a great snack on the go.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">My 21-month old DS also loves strips of multigrain toast (especially with a bit of Trader Joe's low-sugar jam). Also, still-frozen peas straight from the bag. Cut-up grapes. Large chunks of banana (he declines the slices). He likes dehydrated fruit -- that stuff called "just fruit." We also don't do juice and DS is still BFing. But sometimes in the afternoon, I give him soy milk or cooled herbal tea in his sippie with a multigrain cracker or McVitie's digestive biscuit.<br>
If we're home, what I do for snacks is put a bunch of different things in a mini muffin pan and DS can just graze. There's typically be a grain, a fruit, and some cheese.<br><br>
But, it can be tough. Some weeks he'll eat great stuff, other weeks are harder. I do give him organic crackers are cookies in crinkly little individual bags when I'm uninspired. Neither of us are big fans of Veggie Booty, but it's really popular among the Mommy set.<br>
I also make a lot of banana bread, gingerbread, etc and cut down on the sugar in the recipe.<br><br>
My attempts to get him to eat edamame, most vegetables, tofu (which he used to LOVE), and meat have been pretty much futile. But I do still offer. Almost every meal, he is offered what we're having plus one thing I know he'll like that I happen to have on hand.<br><br>
The way I feel, truthfully, is that BFing is a pretty healthy snack, too!</div>
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whats McVitie's digestive biscuit. and where can I find it?<br><br>
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i have a suction cup bowl that is always on the coffee table, and i fill it with various snacks so that dd can nibble from it throughout the day.<br><br>
blueberries (a favorite!)<br>
slices/chunks of fruit, depending upon what is in season: apples, pears, melon, clementines, asian pears, peaches<br>
plain tofu (another favorite!)<br>
homemade black beans or pinto beans<br>
sheets of nori (seaweed)<br>
steamed veggies: string beans, asparagus, kabocha squash, broccoli, potatoes
 

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My DS's favourite snack right now is blueberry muffins. This is my recipe:<br><br>
Mix together:<br><br>
2 cups wheat flour<br>
2 t baking powder<br>
pinch of salt<br>
1 cup ground oats<br>
1/2 cup ground flax seeds<br><br>
Add:<br><br>
1 beaten egg<br>
1 cup milk (we use goat's milk)<br>
1/2 cup maple syrup<br>
1/4 cup oil<br>
small pack blueberries (you could change this to make a different flavour)<br><br>
Put in muffin tin and heat in the oven at 400F for 25 minutes.<br><br>
ETA: And to answer someone else's question McVities Digestive biscuits are sold everywhere in England and have been for years. I've never seen them in the US except for in the British section (ethnic food aisle if you live in an area with a large ex-pat British population) at grocery stores. Maybe they are hiding somewhere I don't know too though, lol. I'm trying to think how best to describe it - it's a slightly sweet wheaty thick cracker type thing.
 

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This is a great recipe and very similiar to what I use to make banana muffins, also a favorite (and a HUGE favorite if I add chocolate chips). I also grind up some nuts for some extra protein and throw that in.<br><br>
Since real maple syrup is expensive, is there a susbstitute I could use? brown sugar?<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<div style="font-style:italic;">My DS's favourite snack right now is blueberry muffins. This is my recipe:<br><br>
Mix together:<br><br>
2 cups wheat flour<br>
2 t baking powder<br>
pinch of salt<br>
1 cup ground oats<br>
1/2 cup ground flax seeds<br><br>
Add:<br><br>
1 beaten egg<br>
1 cup milk (we use goat's milk)<br>
1/2 cup maple syrup<br>
1/4 cup oil<br>
small pack blueberries (you could change this to make a different flavour)<br><br>
Put in muffin tin and heat in the oven at 400F for 25 minutes.</div>
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<div style="font-style:italic;">This is a great recipe and very similiar to what I use to make banana muffins, also a favorite (and a HUGE favorite if I add chocolate chips). I also grind up some nuts for some extra protein and throw that in.<br><br>
Since real maple syrup is expensive, is there a susbstitute I could use? brown sugar?</div>
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I'm sure you could use sugar to sweeten instead. Or honey might work too.
 

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Raisins<br>
Freeze dried blueberries, raspberries, mango, apples, apricots (check your health food store or justtomatoes.com)
 

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this is great! i always feel like i feed my toddler the same ol' same ol'!
 

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I get McVitie's in the "International" section of our grocery store. Sometimes I get the Digestives, sometimes the Hobnobs (without chocolate), sometimes the ones with chocolate (for me). Admittedly, they are all cookies! (not exactly "health" food, but a classic "treat"). They are something I can have with a cup of tea in the afternoon that I don't feel too horrible about DS having, too (with no meltdowns over "Mommy's" food versus DS's food). That's our "British" snack.<br><br>
Sometimes we have "Japanese" snack -- edamame spread with rice crackers.<br><br>
"Tropical" snack -- cut up mangoes and bananas<br><br>
etc.
 

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My 14 month old is a food feind! She loves to eat! I peel apples for her and she knaws (sp?) on it down to the seeds! I think it feels good for her teeth too! Loves tofu, peas (never thought of giving them frozen! a great teething idea too! gotta try that!) I made banana nut muffins in mini tins last week, I think kids love things that are their size. We've been getting the cheese puffs from trader joes - she LOVES them.. they aren't the healthiest, but not terrible either... sweet potato chunks, pineapple, I'm trying to think of something original, but I think most of it's been covered.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">This is a great recipe and very similiar to what I use to make banana muffins, also a favorite (and a HUGE favorite if I add chocolate chips). I also grind up some nuts for some extra protein and throw that in.<br><br>
Since real maple syrup is expensive, is there a susbstitute I could use? brown sugar?</div>
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Oooh, do you mind posting your recipe for banana muffins? I'm on vacation this week and looking to do some extra cooking.
 

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Well here is a list I put together, some from threads here...<br><br>
Blueberries<br>
Hummus<br>
Pita Bread<br>
Whole Wheat Crackers<br>
Grapes<br>
Carrots<br>
Granola<br>
Raisins<br>
Cranberries<br>
Pears<br>
Pretzels<br>
Cheese<br>
Almond Butter<br>
Peanut Butter<br>
Seeds<br>
Nuts<br>
Cherry Tomatoes<br>
Rice Cakes<br>
Olives<br>
Carob Chips<br>
Strawberries<br>
Snap Peas<br>
Puffed Rice<br>
Beans<br>
Baby Spinach Leaves<br>
Apple<br>
Hard Boiled Eggs<br>
Cooked Pasta<br>
Cucumber<br>
Popcorn<br>
Applesauce<br>
Mini Muffins<br>
Chick Peas<br>
Yogurt<br>
Dried Fruit<br>
Avocado Slices<br>
Tofu<br>
Graham Crackers<br>
Cheese Sticks<br>
Honey Dew<br>
Mango<br>
Cantaloupe<br>
Kiwi<br>
Fruit Leathers<br>
Pinwheels (sandwiches or roll ups)<br>
Frozen Peas<br>
Frozen Corn (or other veggies too)<br>
Edamame<br>
Bell Pepper strips<br>
Cut up fruit bars<br>
Tortellini or ravioli
 

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