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How Important Is It For Your Toddler To Snack Regularly?

The short answer... very!

The right snack at the right time is just what toddlers need.  Dietitians agree that toddlers’ tummies aren't big enough to take on board enough energy and nutrients from just three meals a day, so little ones need two to three snacks in-between, to boost energy and for healthy growth and development. 

Of course you’ll want it to be all about good healthy snacking!  So variety, a mix of sweet and savoury flavours, and a balance of different foods are all important.  Offer your little one lots of shapes, tastes and textures to help expand the repertoire of foods they eat; this will also help ensure they’re getting a wider range of nutrients and longer term your child will be more willing to try new foods.

So why does your toddler need to snack?

  1. Eating little and often is ideal as little tummies only hold small amounts
  2. Tops up little ones’ intake of nutrients, to meet their daily needs
  3. Provides essential calories to meet toddlers’ energy needs
  4. Adds variety to the diet with different tastes and textures
  5. Gives opportunities to try new foods either at home or out and about
  6. Keeps your little one going in between meals
  7. Helps teach healthy food habits

What are the signs your toddler is ready for a snack?

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Great Snack Ideas:

Eating little and often is ideal as little tummies only hold small amounts Tops up little ones’ intake of nutrients, to meet their daily needs Provides essential calories to meet toddlers’ energy needs Adds variety to the diet with different tastes and textures Gives opportunities to try new foods either at home or out and about Keeps your little one going in between meals Helps teach healthy food habits

1. Peanut Butter Gummy Cookies

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2. Rainbow Fruit Kebabs

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3. Oaty Apple, Raisin & Wensleydale Muffins

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This article has been sponsored by Organix. Their award winning range of Goodies toddler snacks comes with the Organix No Junk Promise, a stamp of reassurance that they are made with the best organic ingredients and contain nothing unnecessary. #SmallWins Great Taste. No Junk.

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