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Our top 10 snacks for toddlers and young children in warmer weather

We’re all struggling in the warmer weather to find ideas that our kiddos will eat and that are healthy rather than reaching for the easy wins all the time so I thought we’d chat about it in our weekly meeting and come up with some things that worked for us with our toddlers and young children. Here are some ideas you may not have thought of!

  1. Frozen fruit pops: Blend fresh fruits like strawberries, blueberries, or watermelon with greek yogurt and freeze them in ice pop moulds (I had NUK ones when Ruby was small but there are loads of options out there)
  2. Veggie sticks with dip: Cut up carrot sticks, cucumber slices, and pepper strips, and serve them with hummus – nice and cool for gums too.
  3. Watermelon slices: Watermelon is hydrating and naturally sweet, making it a perfect snack for hot weather. Cut it into bite-sized chunks or fun shapes for easy eating. Use cookie cutter shapes!
  4. Yogurt pots: Layer yogurt with fresh berries, granola, and a drizzle of honey or maple syrup for a nutritious and cold snack option – you could even do overnight oats if you do it the night before.
  5. Frozen yogurt bites: Drop spoonfuls of yogurt onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and freeze until firm. These bite-sized treats are easy to eat and provide a cool, creamy texture.
  6. Mini sandwiches: Make mini sandwiches using bread or wraps and fill them with child-friendly fillings like cheese, sliced turkey or chicken, and cucumber. Cut them into fun shapes using cookie cutters again or roll them into mini pizzas.
  7. Chilled cucumber slices: Slice cucumbers into thin strips and chill them in the refrigerator. They are crispy, refreshing, and perfect for little ones to munch on.
  8. Cheese cubes and grapes: Cut cheese into small cubes and pair them with grapes. It’s a simple and balanced snack that offers a mix of protein, calcium, and hydration. Ruby loves apple and cheese sandwiches too.
  9. Frozen banana bites: Slice bananas into rounds and dip them in yogurt or nut butter. Freeze them until solid, and you’ll have a delicious and cooling snack for your toddler.
  10. Smoothie pops: Blend together a mixture of fruits, yogurt, and a little honey if desired. Pour the mixture into popsicle molds and freeze for a nutritious and tasty frozen treat.

Remember to supervise your toddler while they are eating and consider any potential allergies or choking hazards when preparing snacks for them.

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