14 On-The-Go Toddler Snacks that are easy, healthy and yummy! If you have a toddler and need some snack ideas, look no further. These 14 snack boxes will keep you inspired for weeks.
I tend to have 2 methods for packing snacks for my toddler.
Method 1 happens 5 minutes after we are supposed to leave for a playdate and I am frantically opening my cabinets and fridge and pulling out anything that can be categorized as a snack into an oversized tote that I double as a cooler. Sometimes healthy snacks get tossed in, but most of the time it's a variety of opened boxes of crackers, a rotten apple and a bunch of string cheese. It's pretty much a hot mess.
Method 2 is when I take all of 3 minutes and prepare a snack box for my toddler. The snack box has 3-4 simple and healthy snacks that fit right into pre-portioned sections that are colorful and appealing to the eye. I had this small bento box already, but this system can take place in any container or in baggies.
Let's just say that method 2 is a lot easier to carry around in my purse then an entire tote of snacks;)
After an entire summer of using and abusing method 1 of snack making, my messy tote was filled with way too many snack crumbs and ready to take a break.
Let's clarify, I was ready to take a break from this mayham of snacking. I wanted something simple, easy and efficient to help me get organized with snacks.
Now, I pack 2 of these snack boxes each morning. One goes off to school with my older daughter for her snack and the other gets tossed into my purse for my toddler to enjoy while we are out and about in the morning.
These 3 minutes of pre-planning, while sometimes hard, have really made my life a lot more simplified. One small snack box, plus my toddler purse kit with all of my essential toddler items, and I am ready to take on the day with my little one in tow.
I have both of the Steeltainer and Innobaby versions of the bento box pictured below, and they are basically the exact same snack box. Right now, the Innobaby version is cheaper, so I am linking to that one. But my one word of caution is that the divisions between the food do not keep the food separated, especially if you use the muffin molds. But all I do to prevent that is fold a paper towel to fit into the box, place it on top of the snack and close the lid. This totally prevents the solid food (this won't work with yogurt of liquid foods), plus they get a napkin to use during snack! And if you don't want to get a special snack box for your toddler, then you can still use these snack ideas in a small tuberware or even baggies.
My toddlers on-the-go snacks are filled with fruits, veggies, dried fruit, a variety of cheese, pre-made or homemade pouches and of course some special treats. I try to balance out each box so they each have a protein, a fruit or veggie and then something fun. And because we are making these in 3 minutes or less, I tried to keep each box loaded with foods that you could have on hand during the week.
But before we move on, I would love to know (in the comments) what is your favorite snack to pack for your toddler?
Now, let's get snacking!
Left - raspberries (cut in half for younger toddlers), granola bar cut into small chunks and half of a banana. This granola bar is from Cliff Bars for Kids, but any granola bar that is lower in sugar and has a good amount of protein in it is a good choice for toddler snack time.
Right - apple and celery slices with almond butter dip and raisins. I like to cut my apple and celery into long strips as toddlers seem to have an easier time holding and dipping these longer pieces of food.
Left - multi-grain chips and sweet pepper dippers with hummus and a strawberry apple pouch. If you don't want to serve chips to toddler, you can easily sub in a few wedges of pita bread or some whole wheat crackers. These chips made by Late July and are made with chia, quinoa, millet, amaranth and flax so I feel pretty good about serving a couple to toddler as a special treat.
Right - spinach oat muffin (or any healthy muffin you prefer), yogurt covered raisins and mandarin orange sections. This muffin was made by using this pumpkin blender muffin recipe and adding in a couple handfuls of spinach. I sometimes cut my toddlers muffins or sweet bread into chunks if she will be eating it on the go, it's a little less messy this way.
Left - apple slices and a homemade trail mix made with cashew pieces, craisins and dried blueberries. I always squeeze a little lemon juice on my apples to help them from discoloring before snack time.
Right - Carrot strips with ranch, crackers and kiwi chunks. This snack box doesn't have a ton of protein in it, so I would probably carry a cheese stick with me just in case this snack doesn't have enough lasting power in it, cuz we all know that a hungry toddler is never any fun.
Left - blackberries (cut in half for younger toddlers), cheese circle and pirates booty. Pirates booty is my toddlers favorite snack ever! So it's an extra special treat for her to get some for snack time.
Right - cut grapes, cut cherry tomatoes, half of a hard boiled egg and string cheese. The only way my toddler will eat cherry tomatoes is if I cut them in half (kids are so weird). So instead of assuming your toddler doesn't like a food, try serving them it in a different way.
Left - snapea's crunchies, pineapple chunks and cubes of cheddar cheese. I was completely out of fruit when I was making this snack, so I took some frozen pineapple and thawed them in a bowl with some warm water right before packing this box up. We always have frozen fruit on hand for smoothies, but I always forget to use them in their thawed state for easy snacks.
Right - blueberries (cut in half for younger toddlers), dried apricots (can also cut these for younger toddlers) and graham cracker sandwiches with cream cheese. I called these graham cracker sandwiches 'cookies' for a long time before I got busted by my older daughter;)
Left - avocado chunks, strawberry chunks and some organic animal crackers. Just like with apples, I use a squeeze of lemon on cut avocado from keeping it from discoloring.
Left - shelled pistachios, dried cherries (can be cut for younger toddlers) and sliced cucumbers. Pistachios (shelled, roasted and unsalted) are one of my favorite nuts for toddlers because since they are a softer and smaller nut, they tend to be easier for younger toddlers to eat.
Right - dried pineapple, multigrain cereal, purple carrot sticks and a frozen yogurt tube. Purple carrots are always a big win with my toddler!
Some of my favorite snack containers -
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