Toddler Snacking

Nutrition Tips and Suggestions

Toddler snacking is an easy solution for getting your toddler nutrients between meals and an opportunity to expand his palette. Small, nutritious snacks are an ideal way to ensure your toddler has a healthy diet to fuel his growth and development.

Best Time To Snack

Serve snacks 1-2 hours before meal time to avoid spoiling your toddler’s appetite.

Snack Size

The best snacks are small in size, nutritious and chosen from the 4 food groups.

Types of snacks

Try serving snacks in food groups that might be missed at meals, such as fruits and vegetables.

Expand their palate

Use snack time as an opportunity to introduce new textures and flavours.

combine healthy foods

Blend healthy foods your toddler needs, but doesn’t like, into a smoothie along with his favourites to help him get important nutrients.

Snack Suggestions

Diced Fruit with Vanilla Yogurt as a Dip

Fruit Smoothie

Whole Grain Crackers and Cheese

Yogurt or Whole Milk

Whole Grain Muffin

Applesauce or Other Fruit Purees

Fruit Cups

Whole Grain Cereal
(Dry or with Whole Milk)

Hummus with Whole Grain Crackers

Cut-Up Vegetables

Hard Boiled or Deviled Eggs

1 Serving of Enfagrow® A+

 

Small, nutritious snacks are an ideal way to ensure your toddler has a healthy diet to fuel his growth and development. But nutritious is not always delicious, and making sure your toddler has a healthy diet can be stressful when he can love something one day and hate it the next. How do you make sure your toddler gets the nutrition he needs? Enfamil has toddler snacking tips and ideas for parents to help support a healthy diet.

 

Toddler Snacking Tips

  • Try serving snacks in food groups that might be missed at meals – such as fruits and vegetables. If your toddler doesn’t like nutritious foods that should be in his diet, associate them with what he already likes. For example, if your toddler likes chicken noodle soup, but not peas and carrots, add peas and carrots to the soup.

  • The best snacks are small in size, nutritious and chosen from the 4 food groups. For help with meal planning, Canada’s Food Guide provides sample meals and information about each food group, recommended portions for a healthy diet, and information about food labels, exercise and overall wellness.1

  • Serve snacks 1 – 2 hours before meal time to avoid spoiling your toddler’s appetite. Snacking a couple hours before helps add nutrients he may not get from the meal, but avoid snacking too much before the main event. Meal time is for the whole family to enjoy, and can introduce tastes your toddler could enjoy the rest of his life. If he is full from snacking, he may not be able to enjoy the meal, or learn healthy eating habits from siblings and parents that come from eating with them.

  • Use snack time as an opportunity to introduce new textures and flavours. In his first year, your toddler is curious about the world. Use this opportunity to mix, match and try new, nutritious foods to help him get the nutrients he needs. Who knows, his tastes may surprise you!

  • Smoothies are a sneaky solution for nutritious toddler snacking between meals. Blend healthy foods your toddler needs, but doesn’t like, with his favourites to help him get those important nutrients.

Some snack suggestions include:

  • Diced fruit with vanilla yogurt as a dip

  • Fruit smoothie

  • Whole grain crackers and cheese

  • Yogurt or whole milk

  • Whole grain crackers and cheese

  • Whole grain muffin

  • Cut-up vegetables (such as mini carrots cut into narrow strips with dip or cottage cheese)

  • Applesauce or other fruit purees

  • Fruit cups

  • Cookies such as graham cookies, animal crackers or social teas

  • Whole grain cereal (dry or with whole milk)

  • Hummus with whole grain crackers or cut-up vegetables

  • Hard boiled or deviled eggs

  • 1 serving of Enfagrow A+®

Toddler snacking is an easy solution for getting your toddler nutrients between meals, and an opportunity to expand his palette. But when “no” and “yuck” are part of his vocabulary, ensuring that he gets the best nutrition can be stressful. The answer is patience. By taking a step back to find out what he enjoys, introducing new, healthy foods is easier because you can associate them with what he loves. Your toddler will love snacking because he gets to enjoy his favourites, and you’ll love how easy it is to get him to eat healthy foods.

According to Canada’s Food Guide, if your toddler rejects new foods, it can always be offered again later.2 Research shows that toddlers may need to be offered new foods twelve times before they accept it, which is why serving nutritious food with favourites helps them get used to it.3

If your toddler seems less interested in food than when he was a baby, that’s normal. Babies typically triple their birth weight in the first year and that’s why their bodies need more energy for growth. The rate of growth slows after the first birthday, so the demand for energy to fuel growth is less urgent.4

If you have more questions about your toddler’s health and nutrition, please consult your doctor.

 

References:

  1. https://www.enfamil.ca/my-growing-baby/amazing-milestones/season-2/episode-3-making-sure-your-toddler-getting-balanced-nutrition

  2.  https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/food-nutrition/canada-food-guide/choosing-foods/advice-different-ages-stages/children.html

  3. https://www.enfamil.ca/articles/your-toddlers-nutrition

  4. https://www.enfamil.ca/articles/what-experts-want-parents-know-about-toddler-nutrition-12-24-months