The toddler years are a time of rapid development. This includes the development of tastes and preferences. Toddlers need nutritious foods with a lot of variety in order to support their growing bodies. During this formative period, you can make your own homemade snacks for your little ones. The snacks you make yourself are likely to be more nutritious and cheaper than pre-packaged store-bought snacks.
Core an apple, but don't peel it. Save the top part of the apple, including the stem, intact to use later. Mix together 3 tablespoons of peanut butter, about a dozen raisins and a teaspoon of wheat germ. Spoon the mixture into the hollowed-out apple. Drizzle the top with honey, and place the top piece that you saved over the hole. Have your toddler guess what's inside before he opens the "lid." This is a good snack to eat with a spoon, or you can just use your fingers. Vary the inside contents. For instance, you could mix yogurt and granola for the filling. Not only is the snack nutritious, but the element of surprise is fun for your toddler.
Fill some small bathroom-sized paper cups about half to two-thirds full of fruit juice. Cover each cup snugly with a piece of plastic wrap. Stick a small craft stick through the wrap and into the juice. The wrap should hold the "handle" in place as the juice freezes. Allow six to eight hours for freezing. Remove the plastic, peel the paper cup off, and your popsicle is ready. You might want to have your little one eat this over a bowl or outdoors if the weather is nice, as these popsicles tend to melt pretty quickly. This snack is a more nutritious alternative to most store-bought popsicles, especially if you buy 100 percent juice with no sugar added. Your toddler can have fun helping you to prepare it as well.
Frozen Banana Treats
This is a good way to prevent bananas that are ripening from going to waste. Dip a medium-sized banana into a container of yogurt. Let your toddler choose which flavor of yogurt she likes best. After dipping the banana, roll it in some granola. You may have to crush the granola into a little finer texture than how it comes in the bag or box. Wrap the banana in plastic wrap or place it in a plastic bag and freeze it. If your toddler is impatient, he can eat one right away before you freeze the rest!