Thursday, 15 July 2010

Shopping list for healthy snacks for the toddler

I was reading CodeNameMama’s blog post about 5 tips to develop healthy eating habits, especially giving the toddler healthy snacks to eat. The best is to not always grab for bread or biscuits when they ask for something to eat.

The worst time of the day with regards to snacks is when we arrive home at half past four, and the toddler is hungry and miserable. Then it is very easy for a working mother to give in to the demand of an instant unhealthy snack.

I was thinking that it would be nice to have a list available to take to the shops, and always make sure that I have the following in my cupboard/fridge. (I use most of CodeNameMama’s suggestions as well)

SHOPPING LIST FOR HEALTHY SNACKS

Dips:

  • Humus
  • Plain yogurt/tatziki
  • Avocados (can be cut into bite-size pieces as well – my toddler loves it!)
Snacks:

  • Fruit (apples, pears, bananas, oranges, etc. – that can be cut into bite-size pieces)
  • Raisins, dried berries
  • Dried fruit
  • Nuts (when they are able to chew it)
  • Vegetables (raw – carrots, cucumbers, small tomatoes, etc. – that can be cut into bite-size pieces)
  • Frozen peas (only takes three minutes to prepare)
  • Frozen corn / corn on the cob
  • Chick peas (in the can)
I tend to grab cheese as well as an option, but I want to get away from all the dairy options. (One of the mucus enhancing foods.) I am not including it in my list. Also no meat and processed meats. (I try to be more healthy with more vegan options.)

What did I forget to include on my list?

3 comments:

  1. I have no suggestions - you seem to have covered most 'healthy' options.

    A big fav in our home are cheese & biscuits. Olivia eats gherkins, olives, humus, avo whatever. I'm afraid we would not survive without cheese - it is a staple in our home.

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  2. Thanks for the list...it will be helpful when shopping for snacks for my grand bambinos.

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  3. I think you can add rice cakes - easy and healthy.

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