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, to fuel their explorations, and for healthy growth and development.
Wherever your little one needs a snack, whether they are running around in the garden, on a long car journey or on the way home from a swimming lesson, Organix Goodies has a choice of foods to suit any occasion.
Dr Frankie Phillips, Nutrition Advisor to Organix, says: “Toddlers need the extra nutrients healthy snacking can provide. Of course what's not healthy is snacking, or grazing, so much that your child is never hungry at mealtimes. But the right snack at the right time is often just what they need. And remember some treats can be tasty snacks but not all snacks should be treat foods!
“It’s all about good healthy snacking. Variety, a mix of sweet and savoury flavours and a balance of different foods are all important. So offer your little one lots of shapes, tastes and textures to help expand the repertoire of foods they eat, and this will also help ensure they’re getting a wider range of nutrients. Longer term you’ll also find benefits as your child will be more willing to try new foods, so you’ll be helping to develop their love of good food.”
7 reasons why toddlers need to snack
- 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
Signs your little one needs a snack?
If your little one doesn’t tell you they’re hungry, the chances are there will be a few other tell-tale signs to let you know he or she needs a snack.
Perhaps your toddler is a little tired, a little bit cranky, a little clingy, or you can see the start of a tantrum brewing? It probably means they’re ‘hangry’, that’s grumpy, hungry and in need food - and it’s real! So time for a snack – Ready, set…Goodies!
You’ll find lots of tips and advice on toddler snacking in the Organix Little Book of Good Food – Toddlers & Families, you can download your free copy at www.organix.com/lovegoodfood Join the conversation at #SnackAttack.