What are your favorite healthy toddler snacks? My daughter enjoys apple fries, which is simply a green apple sliced like thin french fries.
Sometimes we sprinkle a hint of cinnamon sugar on them for extra flavor. She also enjoys whole wheat crackers and cheese.
What about your child? To get you started I'm sharing four recipes from one of my favorite baby and toddler recipe books, Tempting Tiny Taste Buds.
It's a complete guide to baby nutrition, with more than 300 pages of tips and recipes.
Photo Courtesy of Lokesh Dhakar
You will need:
1 sweet potato, medium size 2 tsp cinnamon vegetable oil cooking spray (I like using olive oil)
Peel the potato. Cut it into "fries" - around 1/4in thick and 4in long. Put the strips in a bowl and spray very lightly with the vegetable oil.
Sprinkle on the cinnamon, then toss together. Line a baking sheet with foil and place your sweet potato fries on it in a single layer. Bake at 350 deg F, 180 deg C for around 45 mins.
You will need:
1/2 ripe avocado, cubed 1/2 small ripe banana, sliced 1/2 kiwi fruit, peeled and sliced 1/4 papaya, peeled and sliced 2oz natural, plain yogurt drop of pure maple syrup (optional)
For older babies, already enjoying finger foods, simply place all the prepared fruits into a bowl. For younger babies, puree the fruits together.
Stir the maple syrup into the yogurt (if you're using it), then swirl the yogurt on top of the fruit.
For a little nutritional boost, top with a sprinkle of wheatgerm.
You will need:
1/2 ripe banana 1/2 ripe peach, peeled and with stone removed 4oz plain, natural yogurt a little pure maple syrup (optional) Puree all the ingredients together in a food processor.
Pour the mixture into Popsicle (lolly) molds. If you don't have these, an alternative is to freeze the mixture in a large ice cube tray, or in small disposable cups. All you need to do is push in the popsicle/lolly sticks as the mixture begins to freeze.
Serve when frozen.
TIP: These banana pops make an ideal, soothing treat if your baby is teething.
I hope you enjoy these recipes for healthy toddler snacks. Now it's your turn to help out other moms and dads by sharing your favorites, from the simple to the more ornate.
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