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Healthy, Toddler Friendly Snacks

Childcare for Babies, Tweenies, Toddlers & Pre-School Children, Highly Qualified Nursery Staff

teddy fruit signedWe all know what a sweet tooth most little ones have, but as so many things which are tempting are not exactly the healthiest options, it’s a good idea to try and get your tot used to more healthy choices. Snacks which are not full of sugar, artificial sweeteners and other nasty additives are widely available and can become firm favourites with children. The general rule is the least processed the better.

Natural snacks come as savoury or sweet and both categories are loved by little’uns, who will happily graze on things like banana, apple, mango or pineapple slices, kiwi fruit, strawberries, blueberries, grapes, satsuma segments, dates, raisins and dried fruit pieces. You can have a grazing tray handy so that when toddlers are in the mood to munch, voilĂ ! It’s a good idea to have these choices available when holding kiddies parties too, getting them used to the concept of healthy food being fun.

By concentrating on whole foods when putting together snacks, you are encouraging your children to make sensible and healthy choices which will stick with them as they grow. A lot of the time people turn immediately to packaged treats without considering the alternative. While of course these snacks can be tasty and are ok to have occasionally, reports show that they can cause problems with health in the long run, give rise to behaviour problems and damage teeth.

Children will often go with the healthier snack choice if they have easy access to them, and savoury snacks including small natural peanut butter sandwiches, cut up hard boiled eggs, celery, carrots, broccoli, bell peppers, button mushrooms and fresh sweet peas.

A great way to keep these tempting titbits fresh during the warmer months, are party trays which hold ice, prep your stuff, and refill as and when. With an assortment of favourites and new ideas to try packed with goodness, you will be giving your little ones the best start.

Nurseries like Channings Childcare offer a wide selection of delicious, freshly prepared and nourishing meals and snacks, presenting the children with a variety of different taste experiences. Healthy eating choices are essential for the development of physical and mental wellbeing. Take a look at the new Channings mobile friendly redesigned website, or call on 0161 222 4067

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