Creative Snack ideas?

Jessica - posted on 03/08/2010 ( 11 moms have responded )

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My son is 19 months old and tends to get "bored" with foods. He will love love love chicken noodle soup for lunch and dinner for weeks and then abruptly quit eating it. Healthy eating is very important to my family and I find myself frustrated with what to feed him. He used to love bananas, now he makes foul faces at them. Im at a loss when it comes to healthy, reasonable snacks that catch his attention. Help!!??

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September - posted on 03/08/2010

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Healthy eating is very important to my family as well. I shop at a store that has a "natural" section down every isle and that is where I find all of our snacks and meals. Some of our sons favorites are...fresh steamed veggies of all kinds, fresh fruits of all kinds (mangos are his fav.), cubed cheese, whole grain crackers with cream cheese, tofu cubes, hard boiled eggs, dried fruit, nuts and seeds (our son loves pumpkin seeds and pasticcios), peanut butter and jelly sandwich cut into small cubes, yogurt with fresh fruit, apple sauce, fresh fruit smoothies, bagel with cream cheese, pita bread with homemade hummus. I like to switch things up pretty often! I hope I've given you some good ideas :) Enjoy!

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Smoothies are a huge hit in our house! They're an easy and fun way to afford ur son all the nutrition he needs in a quick snack! My almost 18 month old daughter LOVES them.....I usually use milk or yogurt, depending on the consistency ur trying to achieve and throw in some flax seed, avacado and of course fruit! Banana's are a huge hit! I mainly use frozen blueberries because my parents farm them, but you can use any fruit! If ur son isn't allergic to nuts they're a good way to allow for some healthy fats and protein? Usually I try and throw in at least one vegetable knowing that the taste of fruit will hide the vegetables! Tofu is another way to encourage protein, amoung other things and has relatively no taste so it's easy to hide!



Good luck! Be creative! If you want some specific recipes lemme know??!!

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Elizabeth - posted on 11/25/2011

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I saw a parent tip recently to put little snacks like those mentioned above into mini muffin pan with each snack getting one cup. They did it by alphabet so one day was all the "A" foods, the next day was "B", etc. I think a mixed tray would be great cause kids like choice and might try new things if it's just left out for them to pick and choose from...

Heidi - posted on 06/01/2011

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you could try banana pops - cut bananas into "wheels" about 1/4 inch wide and still in the circle. Put them on a plate in a single layer and stick a straw, popsicle stick or toothpick into them and throw them in the freezer for a little while.

Try a healthy banana split for dessert - cut a regular banana and put scoops of vanilla yogurt (I throw it in the freezer about 20 min prior to using it to harden it just a little) and top with raspberries and if you want some sugar free chocolate sauce.

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There is a really cool cook book called "Sesame Street Silly Snacks Cooking with Kids." It has a lot of fun and has healthy recipes! There are recipes that include all sorts of healthy veggies and fruits! They are presented in a way that is really kid friendly!

LyRae - posted on 04/10/2010

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I know you can use english muffins if you are in a pinch for the home made pizzas as well as canned buscuits. Love the idea with the dried cranberries and raisins with cherrios, will have to do that for myself. sure beats using the vending machine at work!

LyRae - posted on 04/10/2010

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try pieces of banana with a little bit of peanut butter on them, my mom had a receipe for a salad that was half of a banana that you stood up and put a little bit of cottage cheese on the top and topped with a marachino cherry (candle salad), if he likes and can chew carrots with a little bit of ranch dressing, try fruit salads that you can make with oranges, pineapple, an small apples. I used to buy apples in little bags that came with carmel, I waited for my daughter to get older to give her the carmel (to this day she will only eat about 3 bits of it and throws the rest away) but she thought it was great that she was eating apples out of a little bag. I also found a cookbook that was for kids that makes the food look fun like putting peanut butter on a celery stick and topping with rasins and it is called bugs on a log.

Bethanie - posted on 03/08/2010

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This is more "lunch" for us, but my son loves grilled Almond Butter (in all natural section) and banana sandwiches. One way to get your son to eat banana again? My son doesn't have snacks much but a snack for him is usually a healthy "convenience" type food (more when we're out) in the all natural section like Revolution Foods Vanilla Yogurt and Granola Grammy Sammy or the Annie's Cheddar Bunnies. After a meal as a "desert" I may give him some yogurt with a sprinkle of wheat germ and some cut up fresh fruit or he'll just go to town on an entire apple! ;) The smoothies are a great idea...one I'm going to try myself!

Amber - posted on 03/08/2010

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My son Nicholas has the same problem and often quits eating foods abruptly as well that he previously liked. I buy yogurt and cut up fresh fruit in it. Raisins and dried cranberries mived with cheerios kind a like a baby trail mix. Homemade cheese pizza and I cut it in small squares, cucumbers coated lightly ranch dressing diced very small, cheese cube and fruit kabobs, toast with homemade strawberry preserves, and cottage cheese. My son hates pastas and most vegetables so I also try to hide veggies into anything I can sneak them into. But one thing I have found that he loves is RICE brown and wild, so sometimes I cut up diced veggies really small into the rice and he hasn't caught on yet.

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