Ultimate list of super easy toddler snack ideas

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It can be easy to draw a blank when it comes to toddler snack ideas.  Sometimes I look at fancy creations online and wonder how some of these amazing mammas have the time or energy to create such fun masterpieces!  Hats of to those that do – but in my house… it’s got to be simple.

Two kids down now and I have compiled both of my boys favourite snacks that are simple to make, and have some nutritional value.

But before we get to my list of toddler snack ideas – let’s talk about food presentation.

How to serve toddler snacks

You see – it’s all well and good to plonk foods onto a plate – but keep in mind that like us, toddlers eat with their eyes. If you don’t have the time or energy to create an Instagram worthy food art sensation – you can simply purchase a fun plate to serve them up on.

We particularly love the ezpz range of Happy Mats!

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Here’s what we love about them:

  • They have three different compartments – great for picky eaters who don’t like foods to touch
  • The smiley face design helps to put kids in the right mood for a positive mealtime experience
  • You can load them with food and stack 3-4 mats at the time and carry them to the table
  • It suctions to the table (or highchair!) so no more tipped plates on the floor
  • Made from high quality silicone that is BPA, PVC and phthalate free
  • You can throw it in the dishwasher #winning!
  • Alternatively its super easy to clean arm soapy water (silicone doesn’t support the growth of fungus, mould or bacteria)
  • Microwave AND oven safe
  • Built to last (silicone doesn’t fade, corrode or deteriorate)
  • They look awesomely fun!

And the best bit is they are currently on sale!  10% off when you spend $50 and over, 15% off when you spend $100 and over, and 20% off when you spend $150 and over.  Winning!!!

HAPPY MAT CARE BEARS PURPLE TODDLER SNACK IDEAS

I’m totally crushing on the Care Bears range they’ve got also! 😍  Where was this when I was a toddler?!

But what about all that mess?

I remember some days changing my toddlers clothes three times per day due to all the mess on his clothes.  I don’t mind if there are vegemite smears or crumbs to shake off – but when we are talking things like squished scrambled eggs, porridge or banana, usually a full outfit changes will be required!

There are ton of long sleeve bibs on the market but to be honest I found most of them to be too short and my sons pants would end up a complete mess.

Silly Billyz Messy Eater Bib in Red and blue

Thankfully the Silly Billyz Messy Eater Bib for toddlers has an extra-long and wide front. The super long durable bib will cover your little peep’s front as well as the knees while they’re seated to eat.

They also have these cool little side press studs which clip together to create a food catching pocket so less mess at mealtimes! Perfect for painting and gooey games too!

Now we’ve got the basics covered…. let’s get onto the list of toddler snack ideas!

Ultimate list of simple toddler snack ideas

For ease of scrolling… I’ve grouped these into categories for you.  If you’ve got a fabulous snack idea that you think I should add – please let me know!

Fruit & Vegetables

Chopped carrot and cucumber vegetable sicks on a plate

Fruit and vegetables can be served with any meal of the day.  Many parents stress about their children not eating vegetables at dinner time – if you introduce them at snack time also, you’ll be a step ahead in them getting their daily dose!

Younger toddlers may find it easiest eating certain fruits with their peel still on.  For example given avocado is quite slippery, it will be easiest to serve a wedge with the skin in tact for them to eat the flesh from.

  • Apples, thinly sliced if needed
  • Avocado (either served in wedges or on toast / sandwich / crackers)
  • Bananas
  • Berries (blueberries are packed full of antioxidants!)
  • Edamame – toddlers love to learn how to pop out the centres!
  • Dried cranberries
  • Carrot sticks (lightly steamed for younger toddlers)
  • Capsicum strips
  • Cucumber sticks
  • Mandarins or oranges, cut if needed
  • Grapes, sliced in half vertically
  • Kiwi fruit
  • Mango
  • Pears
  • Peas – my boys loved eating them frozen, great for fine motor skills!
  • Sugar snap peas
  • Sultanas
  • Tomato wedges
  • Watermelon

Protein rich snacks

Egg Molds are fun food ideas for kids lunchboxes

It’s important to ensure that your kids eat protein rich foods every day.  The reason for this is that builds and repairs all the tissues in the human body, including muscles and organs. So super important for growing bodies!

  • Boiled eggs
  • Chia pudding
  • Nut butter – served on toast, sandwich, or even in a celery stick with some sultanas on top!
  • Green eggs and ham
  • French toast – simply whilst an egg, dip in your bread, and pan fry in a little butter
  • Hummus makes a great veggie dipper
  • Kidney beans, drained & rinsed
  • Cheese  – I find the supermarket cheese sticks to be easy to hold and a nice soft consistency
  • Tuna on crackers
  • Roasted chickpeas – 3/4 cup chickpeas roasted for 20 to 30 minutes with 1 tablespoon each olive oil, and a tiny sprinkle of salt
  • Toddler Trail mix – sultanas, sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds
  • Meatballs

Baked Items

Cheesy vegetable muffins

We just love baking at home!  The boys love it too.  I get them in the kitchen, they grab their kids knives and they get involved in the process from the start…. right up until it’s time to lick the spoon!

Muffins are a favourite in our house when it comes to baked items!  We generally always make them as mini muffins which are great for little hands as well as portion control.

Dairy

Girl eating yoghurt - kids toddler snack ideas

  • Cheese sticks  – I find the supermarket cheese sticks to be easy to hold and a nice soft consistency
  • Cottage cheese or cream cheese – spread on toast or on a sandwich
  • Healthy Milkshake
  • Smoothies – add a dollop of yoghurt for extra creaminess
  • Yoghurt – opt for Greek for more protein.  Some of our favourite flavours to add:
    • Banana and strawberry
    • Apple & Cinnamon (stew your apple first or buy some pureed)
    • Honey & Vanilla extract
    • Mango

Looking for a toddler approved dinner idea that is jam packed full of goodness?  Check out our Super Power Spaghetti Bolognaise.

Rachel Cassidy - Owner - Little Peeps EatsRachel Cassidy is the author of this article and the founder of Little Peeps Eats.  She is a passionate food blogger and brand ambassador, but her most important job is being a mum!  Little Peeps Eats helps families take the stress out of mealtimes by providing healthy, kid approved recipes, as well as fussy eating tips and tricks. Their website hosts a directory of nutritionists, resources and mealtime products to ensure that you have everything you need at your fingertips when it comes to feeding your family.

10 simple tricks to create fun food for kids lunchboxes

Unicorn lunch punch makes fun food for kids

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OmieBox – is it really the best bento box for kids?

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This article ‘OmieBox – is it really the best bento box for kids?’ is a collaboration between Bambino Love and
Little Peeps Eats.  Featured image supplied by OmieLife.

There are an incredible number of bento boxes on the market these days.  Whilst there are certainly advantages of being spoilt for choice, it can also mean it is a tough choice to wok out which will be the best bento box for your children.

Over the years, I have acquired a number of bento lunch boxes for my kids.  They range greatly in size, functionality, and price.  I’d heard a lot about the OmieBox.  It’s been called ‘The holy grail of bento boxes’, and it won the 2017 Family Choice Award, so I was very curious to find out whether it lived up to the hype or not.

OmieBox – is it really the best bento box for kids?

The OmieBox was sent to me by Bambino Love – and was presented so beautifully, wrapped delicately in green tissue paper, I was dying to to see what was inside.

OmieBox Features

The OmieBox comes in a sturdy, quality box with all the important facts (care instructions, features, etc) printed on it.  Once I had that box in my hand, it truly felt like a premium product.  Upon opening the box, I was delighted to see my OmieBox in the ‘sky blue’ colour I had chosen.  The colour was bright and vibrant, and I knew instantly would be a hit for my son.  It certainly looked like one of the best bento boxes I had seen.

Size

It has three to four sections.  I say three to four, as one of the compartments has a removable divider.  I see this could be both an advantage or disadvantage.  As we all know – kids are notoriously prone to lose things.  This divider could easily get lost at school (or in the Tupperware drawer!).  I must admit though, I do love that I can slide the divider up and down to suit whatever I am packing that day.  It’s been two terms now, and it has not gone missing.  I was pleased to see that you can actually purchase these separately for only $6 if it does go walk-a-bout.

It’s fairly deep and holds a lot of food (6 1/4 cups) – including space for a sandwich which is important to me, because often it’s what my son wants for lunch.  If you are using the insulated container, it has a 4 cup capacity.

Mini wholemeal pizzas in OmieBox

Removable thermos

And here’s where this bento box truly differentiates itself from others… it has a removable thermos – which truly makes it the best bento box for the chilly winter months.

What I love about this thermos is that it is not long tall and deep like a lot of the portable ones are, which I find difficult to scoop (or spoon) food out of.  It is a perfectly sized bowl that is perfect to pack hot lunches.  The chunky handle means it is easy for little hands to open and close on their own.

Removable thermos omiebox

Surprisingly – it stays hot A LONG TIME.  I have found it easily maintains it’s temperature until lunch time, and often in the afternoon at 3pm I’m surprised with how warm it still feels inside the thermos.

With double walled insulation it means you can pack chilled items in the section next to it without them getting warm.

Here are some of our favourite recipes to pack into the thermos:


Image:  Goodie Goodie Lunchbox

Care & Maintenance

Hand washing is recommended, in warm soapy water.  It does clean very easily, and I haven’t had any issues with staining yet.

You can put it in the top rack of the dishwasher if you wish (except the thermos), however it is recommended you remove before the heat dry cycle.  I tend to just hand wash mine – I don’t want to risk my beloved OmieBox damaged at all from my dishwasher which has not been kind to my plastics in the past.

What I love

  • The gorgeous, vibrant colours available
  • The cute handle makes it really simple for kids to to carry, and put in and out of their bag
  • Incredibly versatile, being able to pack both hot and cold options
  • Top and side compartments are leak proof – I often pack yoghurt in one of the divided sections
  • Easy to clean
  • Simple for little fingers to open and close
  • Divided sections make it easy to pack a variety of foods, picky eaters may enjoy the fact the different foods aren’t touching!

Things to consider

  • The divider may easily get lost by kids that often lose things. However they are replaceable, and you don’t need to use it.
  • It has amazing insulation with it’s double walled bottom tray, and removable insulated bowl.  This does mean it is a little heavier than most bento boxes.
  • Given it’s a premium product, it means it has a higher price tag than a lot of bento boxes ($70), which makes it costly to replace shout it get lost.  Keep in mind though that you do get what you pay for.

Link to Fussy Eating Facebook Group

The verdict – is OmieBox really the best bento box?

If you are looking for a bento box that can take you all seasons, that you can pack hot and cold items, then I can’t think of a better product on the market.

It’s versatility and high quality really makes this bento box stand out from the crowd, and is a much loved product of my family,

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Want $10 off your own OmieBox?  Use code LPEOMIE at the Bambino Love checkout!  Valid until 31 August 2018.

Rachel Cassidy Little Peeps EatsRachel Cassidy is the author of this article and the founder of Little Peeps Eats.  She is a passionate food blogger and brand ambassador, but her most important job is being a mum!  Little Peeps Eats helps families take the stress out of mealtimes by providing healthy, kid approved recipes, as well as fussy eating tips and tricks. Their website hosts a directory of nutritionists, resources and mealtime products to ensure that you have everything you need at your fingertips when it comes to feeding your family.

9 ways to bring your healthy lunchbox to the next level

OmieBox Healthy Lunchbox

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I’d like to share with you some simple ideas and switches you can make to help your little peep meet their daily nutritional requirements.

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There are many styles in handling this scenario with kids and some better than others, which ones, might surprise you.

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Healthy lunchbox snacks your kids will actually eat

Happy school girl with healthy lunchbox snacks

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woman reading labels of healthy pre-packaged-snacks

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Nutrition Plan for Mums - Mother and daughter with christmas cookies

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