I'm always looking for ideas for feeding my kids. There are weeks when I think if it were not for fruit snacks & goldfish, Maggie would starve. Then there are days when she eats anything I put in front of her & I get super excited. Now that both girls can eat the same thing, I enjoy making meals more because I can make one thing & also feel like I waste less. But when it comes to snacks, I really feel like I am running out of ideas lately. I started asking around, browsing blogs & hit up Pinterest too, of course! Here are a few to highlight:
Frozen Yogurt Snacks: We go through freeze dried yogurt snacks in our house like MAD. The Happy Baby brand is a favorite in our house. I saw this recipe for making a frozen version & gave it a shot. It was fun to make, little change from our usual afternoon snack & great for a hot day!
Fruit Kabobs: I thought these looked really pretty & it's a fun alternative to fruit salad for kids.
Chocolate Covered Marshmellows: Made this with Maggie OUTSIDE. They are not healthy & it makes a disaster but it's fun & delicious. You just dip a marshmellow into chocolate & then into sprinkles.
Snacks on the Go: I found these on the blog Thrive. Great ideas for road trip snacks. I also like these for picnics & days at the pool
As if getting toddlers to eat was not challenge enough, imagine trying to do it for a toddler with multiple allergies. My kids can eat anything and I feel like I am always running out of ideas for snacks. I really can't imagine what it would be like to find out I had to drastically limit what my kids ate based on allergies. A darling little friend of mine just had her first birthday. She also just found out she is allergic to eggs, dairy & peanuts. I set out to find some snacks that are good for kids with allergies. So here are a few (please still look at all ingredients - I am not a pro in this category)!
Trader Joe's Non Dairy Frozen Dessert: It's in the ice cream isle of my FAV grocery store. It comes in strawberry & chocolate. It's basically ice cream made with coconut milk instead!
Fruit Leather: Trader Joe's has my favorite in this category (of course) but there are many brands that make these.
A couple from Plum Organics line for Tots: I love this brand. I love their baby food & their "Tots" line is fantastic. They were a sponsor at the Baby Buggy event I wrote about last week. While we were at the event, we got to try a few of their snacks for the first time: Fiddlesticks (gluten free) and Teensy Fruits (which are a healthy version of fruit snacks).
Yummy Earth Lollipops: These are actually a favorite in my house & Julie's. You can find them in stores but here they are on Mom E Minerals site. On this site you can actually search by ingredient for snacks & other products. Very helpful!
I found a lot of good recipes on Suburban Utopia's blog!
Also, I was directed to a great blog: Namaste By Day. She does "Food Allergy Fridays" which have great information.
So now it's your turn to help me add to the variety of my kid's snacks. Please comment with some ideas of what your kids chow down on during snack time. Also, if you have any good ideas for snacks for kids with allergies, share those too. Happy snacking!
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