Running here, there and everywhere, your little toddler will have an incredible seemingly never-ending energy at this stage of development, so you should definitely give them a balanced three meals a day. Toddler snacks are certainly a good idea if they are given at strict times of the day and aren’t given too often or just before meals.
Nutritious foods should satisfy your child’s hunger cravings, so it’s important not to let child just snack and snack and snack all day. In Britain we are known to be rather picky with food and generously giving children snacks not allowing any hunger whatsoever and that is a problem.
Good toddler nibbles include fruit or vegetable slices, baby rice cakes, dried fruit, bread sticks and cheese. You can never go wrong with having lots of these prepared in the fridge, so you quickly have something to give your hungry toddler. Cutting up a few carrots and put them in cold water in an airtight container, they will last for several days.
Consuming frequent heathy toddler snacks is a very good habit to adopt because it can instil a love of healthy food early on. With that said, naughty snacks like chocolate and biscuits shouldn’t be banned completely because that evokes craving. But if your child doesn’t usually have regular sugary snacks, they aren’t likely to miss them.
Kids pick up behaviours from their parents, so if they see you indulging on chocolate, they will want some too.