It’s always best to read the nutrition labels while shopping in the grocery store. The goal is to fill your pantry with options that offer a good balance of nutrition. Don’t just look at the nutritional values, be mindful of the “ingredients” in the recipes used to create the products you’re purchasing. Generally, the less ingredients the better, and words you recognize and can pronounce is always a good place to start!

Every toddler is different and will develop at his or her own pace, you’ll know best when your little one is ready for certain snacks. As always, your tiny taster should be seated when eating and supervised. Hopefully, you’ll be snacking together!

TRY VEGGIE SNACKS: For older tots, try grabbing a few of those mini bags of baby carrots next time you’re in the produce aisle, or get some wax paper bags and make your own; keeping portioned snacks that are washed and cut in the fridge ready to go will help when toddler hunger strikes and you’re on the move.For younger tots we recommend you cook the carrots until soft and cut them into smaller pieces.

ADD SEASONINGS:Using flavors that your tot loves is a perfect way to make snack time more exciting — for younger tots try seasoning cooked and cut veggies with some of your favorite herbs and spices and a small dash of sea salt. Kale chips anyone?! If your little one enjoys dairy, try adding comforting spices like cinnamon or nutmeg to their favorite yogurt or cottage cheese.

REMEMBER TO MAKE IT INTERACTIVE:Try dipping slices of whole grain pita in hummus or guacamole- little ones love to dip and dunk!

DON’T STRESS ABOUT TREATS: Tasty treats are important too, just not for every snack or every day.

ADD WATER:Hydration is key and will keep your tot from reaching for treats when they may actually just be dehydrated. Also, H20 is always a better option than filling up on fruit juice

MAKE IT A SNACKTIVITY:If you have time, plan to cook or prepare a snack with your child in the kitchen; they will begin to appreciate whole foods and research shows they are more likely to eat foods when they have engaged in the process