Whoever said parenting wasn’t a challenge is a liar. Come to think of it, I don’t think anyone has ever actually spoken those words to me. We all know it is a challenge, some having a harder time than others. I thought I had parenting figured out. My son, Aidan, was, and still is, incredibly easy going. He will eat whatever you put in front of him, he has never thrown a serious tantrum, and is so well behaved it is scary. Avery, my daughter, is the complete opposite. She is everything I feared; 18 months of tantrums, screaming, crying, and food throwing. The crying and tantrums are not what bothers me the most. What I have the hardest time with is the refusal to eat. Both of my kiddos are snackers, so I like to give a healthy assortment of snacks for picky toddlers.
4 Snacks for Picky Toddlers
- Smoothies: Add fruit, yogurt, and ice in a blender and whip up a fresh smoothie. You may even be able to sneak in some greens like spinach and kale for extra nutrients. A cup with a lid and straw will help to make it toddler friendly!
- Watermelon: It is sweet, hydrating, and refreshing. Watermelon is especially perfect for hot summer days after playing outdoors.
- Cheese: We all love cheese! Cube up some mild cheddar and mozzarella and let your little one indulge. Cheese has great nutrients and the right amount of fat for our growing toddlers.
- Lil’ Beanies: By Gerber, they are a great healthy snack for picky toddlers because they are tasty and contain protein and fiber for your growing toddler!
I first spotted Gerber Lil’ Beanies as I was strolling up and down the baby aisles at Target recently. Located on the same shelves as Aidan and Avery’s favorite Gerber snacks, they caught my eye since I had never seen them before. I figured why not give them a try?
Out of all snacks for picky toddlers, Avery loves Gerber Lil’ Beanies the best. They are made with navy beans, which give them a mild flavor. They have 2 grams of protein with each serving, and are non-GMO; made with no artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives. Lil’ Beanies come in 2 flavors, Original and White Cheddar Broccoli. Lil’ Beanies are great for travel, and can be found at local retailers such as Target for under $2.00 per package, making them great snacks for picky toddlers. For the latest and greatest news, be sure to follow Gerber on Facebook!