From finger foods and make-ahead snacks to simple baked goods (with only 3 ingredients!), here are 9 fresh ideas toddlers love.
Diced Cinnamon Apples
Diced apples sprinkled with cinnamon are a make-ahead snack toddlers can't resist. The cinnamon helps reduce browning and adds another layer of flavor.
Cheesy English Muffin
Toast an English muffin and give it a protein boost with a little melted cheese. Add diced tomatoes for a pop of color and a healthy dose of vitamin C. Cut into "fingers" to make it easier for toddlers to hold and feed themselves.
Cottage Cheese & Fruit
Add a handful of anti-oxidant rich fresh berries to a tiny bowl of cottage cheese. If your toddler isn't a fan of cottage cheese, try gently crushing in the berries, letting their juices add more flavor.
Ham & Cheese Roll-Ups
Any deli meat makes a simple wrapper for thick slices of cheese. Add a dot of mustard inside for even more flavor. Cut a slice of deli meat in half lengthwise before wrapping so your wrap doesn't get too bulky for tiny teeth.
Frozen Peas & Diced Cucumbers
Peeled, diced cucumbers pair perfectly with frozen peas (thawed in warm water for a few minutes ahead of time.) Bonus, this combination is great for toddlers to practice their pincher moves.
Fruit & Yogurt Parfait
Layer fresh or frozen fruit with plain yogurt for a simple way to add flavor without the added sugar found in store bought varieties.
Mash ripe bananas with fresh avocado for an omega-3 rich spread toddlers can eat (or, let's be honest, lick off of) whole-wheat toast.
Ice Cube Tray Options
Filling an ice cube tray with a dozen options is a fun way for little ones to pick and choose their (current) favorites, especially for picky eaters or teething toddlers. Pictured here: Red bell peppers, "puffs," grapes, cereal, blueberries, cucumbers, ham, peaches, kiwi, shredded cheese, peas, cereal squares, strawberry, bananas, cherry tomatoes and pretzels.
3-Ingredient Peanut Banana Bars
Got ripe bananas? Mash two bananas along with 1 cup of whole oats and 1/2 cup of peanut butter. Smooth the mixture into an 8 x 8 pan (add chopped peanuts if you like) and bake at 350 degrees F for 20 minutes.
Moving On to Meals
Kids can't live on snacks alone. (Or can they?!) For even the pickiest eater, your toddler is sure to love one, or more, of these delicious breakfast, lunch or dinner ideas. Easy, Quick Meals for Toddlers