Summertime is a great opportunity to enjoy lots of fresh foods. I love to snack on lots of healthy treats during the summer and it’s always a blast sharing my favorite foods with my kids. For toddlers, especially, snack time is an important chance to get extra nutrients into their diet and each snack can act as a mini-meal throughout the day. With their small stomaches, they can’t get all the nutrients they need during meals alone.
These fun summer snack ideas fill your toddler up with essential nutrients and make snack time something to look forward to!
Everything is more fun to eat when it comes in fun shapes! Use tiny cookie cutters to cut shapes out of watermelon slices. Your toddler will love playing with them — mine stacked them in a pile. And of course, nothing is more refreshing on a hot summer day that a juicy piece of watermelon.
Use this same technique with other foods such as, cheese slices, deli meat, pancakes, and cantaloupe.
Frozen grapes are a popular snack for kids. To make them toddler-friendly simply slice them in half before freezing so they aren’t a choking hazard. You know your baby so just be sure you are cutting the grapes into a size that is manageable for your toddler. Frozen grapes are fun to slide across a high chair tray if you need a bit of entertainment while you eat too!
Corn on the Cob
Snacks don’t have to be limited to traditional snack foods. Toddlers need to make each snack a mini-meal so why not serve smaller portions of meals or side dishes? My toddler loves cold corn on the cob right now. It’s soothing on her teething gums and she’s getting a healthy snack and a great sensory experience at the same time!
Sprinkle corn on the cob with garlic or parmesan cheese for some extra flavor. Toddlers like a bit of flavor too. I’ve always found that by introducing my kids to a variety of flavors when they are young they avoid becoming picky eaters as they grow older.
Freeze Dried Vegetables
It’s easy to serve fruit as a snack but most kids don’t get nearly enough vegetables in their diet. Most vegetables need to be cooked in order for toddlers to chew them but freeze dried vegetables are easy for toddlers to crunch on. My one year old loves to snack on freeze dried peas, broccoli, and green beans and they are convenient to take with me in my diaper bag.
Canned Beans and Veggies
Canned beans and veggies are nice and soft for toddlers to eat. My toddler loves canned beans as a snack. They are great for practicing fine motor skills too! We introduced olives the other day and within minutes she’d discovered that olives fit perfectly on her fingers. Apparently all kids are born knowing that.
What are your favorite summer snacks for toddlers?