6 Easy Plant-Based Snacks For Kids
As we prepare for a very different Fall and back to school season for so many, I want to share 6 really simple, plant-based snack ideas for your little ones! These are the exact snacks I prepare for my daughter. Like so many of you, I’m juggling a lot these days! Being a mom of 2 and running a business from home – our days are full and we rely on snacks that are both quick and nourishing to power us through the day! What we eat is truly important to nourish our body, our mind, support our immune health and energize our day!
A new find for us which I’ve also been loving is ELSE Plant-Based Nutrition For Toddlers! It’s normal for toddlers and kids to be picky eaters – perhaps loving a food one day and then not showing interest another day! That being said, a toddler nutrition supplement such as ELSE is a great way to add plant-based protein as well as vitamins and minerals to your little ones day.
ELSE Plant-Based Nutrition For Toddlers is that it’s made with real ingredients I feel great about… the first 2 ingredients being Organic Almond Butter and Organic Buckwheat Flour! It’s also USDA Organic, gluten-free has the “Clean Label Project Purity Award” and is Certified Plant-Based. Else is designed to be a complete nutrition for ages 12+ months and contains 20 vitamins and minerals that support a child’s growth and development. It is a great option for toddlers with lactose intolerance, sensitivities and other dietary restrictions, a plant-based lifestyle or a preference for avoiding dairy or soy. Below is a simple green smoothie my toddler loves!
My daughter loves smoothies and the Peachy Green Smoothie recipe below is packed with nutrition! Spinach adds calcium, iron and fiber! Bananas are packed with potassium and flaxseeds a dose of omega-3 fats which power brain health! Ginger has antibacterial properties and is great for digestive health! While this smoothie has a beautiful bright green color – it tastes like peaches and bananas… yum!
- 1 serving of ELSE Plant-Based Nutrition For Toddler
- ½ cup of fresh spinach
- ¼ cup frozen peaches
- 1 medium banana
- ¼ inch fresh ginger, peeled
- 1 teaspoon ground flaxseeds
- 1 cup of unsweetened almond milk (or milk / liquid of choice)
- Blend and enjoy!
Apples with Cinnamon Nut Spread
A simple snack… elevated! Cut apple slices and pair with a dollop of your go-to nut or seed butter (such as almond, peanut or sunflower seed). I love to stir in a sprinkle of cinnamon to our nut butter – it adds fun flavor and cinnamon supports healthy blood sugar levels and has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory effects!
Hummus Toast with Hemp Seeds and Cucumber Slices
A piece of toast, a spread of hummus and a sprinkle of hemp seeds is a great snack – for toddlers, kids and adults! Hummus, made from chickpeas, contains protein and fiber and hemp seeds (which have a mild flavor) add healthy omega-3 fats and a boost of plant-based protein as well! I also try to add a fruit or veggie with each snack and meal and cucumber are a go-to for us! Hydrating, crunchy and delicious!
DIY Fresh TrailMix: Blueberries, Pumpkin Seeds, Organic O’s
Pumpkin seeds are loaded with plant-based protein as well as minerals such as magnesium and zinc. Zinc supports immune immune health and magnesium support nervous systems health and is associated with helping to “calm” the body. Blueberries are high in antioxidants as well as fiber! I love the addition of a fun cereal of choice such as organic o’s for crunch and flavor!
Chia Pudding with Berries, Cinnamon & Pumpkin Seeds
Chia pudding is a family favorite! To make, I mix 1 cup of unsweetened almond milk with ¼ cup of chia seeds in a mason jar, stir well and let sit in the refrigerator overnight. In the morning, stir again and enjoy! I typically add a few tablespoons of chia pudding to a bowl, top with cinnamon, pumpkin seeds and raspberries (or any fruit your little one loves!). I start with a few tablespoons of chia pudding because sometimes that’s all my daughter wants to eat, and then other days she wants more so we have a second or third helping! Chia seeds contain omega-3 fats which support brain and heart health, fiber and protein!
Toddler Spinach Muffins
We make these muffins nearly every week! These muffins are made with just a few simple ingredients, blend, pour into a muffin tray, bake and enjoy! I love that these muffins contain potassium, protein, fiber, calcium and iron! Get my recipe for these muffins here!!
These simple snacks are a great way to nourish your little ones! I’d love to see your healthy toddler snacks and recipes… share with me on Instagram by tagging @HealthyGroceryGirl!
Disclosure: Thank you to ELSE for sponsoring today’s blog post!