3 Easy Healthy Snacks for Toddlers

Amy Boshnack

cottage cheese pizza
Cottage cheese on a pita
Getting my daughter to eat anything other than chicken nuggets isn't the easiest task in the world. I admit, I screwed up early by allowing myself to become a short-order cook ... making her different meals than I was making for my husband and me. Now I'm trying to introduce her to new foods daily so she expands those tiny taste buds (and stops frustrating the hell out of me!). Our deal is that she must try two new things every day and then I will continue to feed her won't complain about her limited diet.

I figured starting with snacks would be easiest because there was so much room for improvement. Recently I attended an event where my girl got to create (and then eat) healthy snacks. They gave me three ridiculously simple, and tasty, ideas!

The event was hosted by Frigidaire for the charity Save the Children. My daughter loved each one of these concoctions (even the one with cottage cheese!). So long Teddy Grahams and Nilla cookies ...

Cottage Cheese Pizza (pictured above)

1 slice of pita

Spread on some cottage cheese.

Make a smiley face out of cucumbers, grape tomatoes, and basil leaf (at home I've thrown in dried cranberries for the eyes).

Note: My daughter hated the basil and tomatoes but gobbled up the rest of it. That's a win in my book!

Yogurt Parfait

Use a clear cup so they can see the layers they make and then just layer ...

Yogurt (you can use plain yogurt and sweeten it up with honey or syrup)


More yogurt


More yogurt


Note: It's seriously that simple! And with the summer here, there are so many great fruit combinations!

Cool-Shaped Sandwiches

2 slices of whole wheat bread, slightly flattened

Use a cookie-cutter (we used a butterfly) and cut out the shape so you have a top and a bottom for your sandwich.

Layer in red-leaf lettuce (any lettuce will do -- but the red-leaf is nice for color) and any of the following ingredients:



Pickle chips



Note: Really, get as creative as you like!

Do you have any more creative (but simple) snacks for me to test out?

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