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Healthy snacks for picky toddlers

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Wholesome snacks for picky eaters

Toddlers will put anything in their mouths... except for healthy food. Making sure your toddler gets essential nutrients can be a challenge, especially when kids associate snacks with unhealthy sugars and fats. Here are some healthy snack ideas that will make children and parents happy.

Most parents intend to feed their children healthy foods, but picky toddlers may have a different plan in mind. If you're a parent struggling to get your kids to love the dreaded fruits and vegetables, here are some go-to snacks that will satisfy even the pickiest of tastes.

Blueberry banana smoothies

Blueberry banana smoothies | Sheknows.com
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Kids love milkshakes, so next time they ask for the sweet treat, give them this delicious blueberry banana smoothie instead. Filled with frozen blueberries, strawberries and a banana, they'll get at least one or two servings of fruit as well as the nutrients and good bacteria that come from the yogurt.

Fruit leather rolls

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Many kids enjoy dried fruit, but several types are packed with added sugar to give them their sweet flavor. This recipe for a fruit leather roll not only is a fun activity for the kids to create but also is healthy and encourages kids to explore different ingredient combination options.

Snack egg cups

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Sometimes all it takes is a creative presentation to get kids to eat healthy. Try filling old egg cartons or muffin tins with healthy snacks, such as popcorn or dried fruit. These snack egg cups are also perfect to keep portions in control, so if your kids enjoy some sweets like gummy bears you can keep the portion sizes reasonable and healthy.

Spicy oven-roasted garbanzo beans

Spicy Oven Roasted Garbanzo Beans | Sheknows.com
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This easy and healthy snack is a great alternative to chips and other fatty crunchy snacks that kids love. The recipe simply calls for 2 cans of garbanzo beans, oil and a few ingredients from a spice cabinet. If your kids are super picky, the spices or toppings you use can be tailored to your children's tastes.

Watermelon whole fruit Popsicles

Watermelon Whole Fruit Popsicles | Sheknows.com
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This tasty treat is perfect for the summer but can be adjusted based on which fruits are in season. These watermelon whole fruit Popsicles can be made by pureeing whole fruit and pouring it into molds or by adding mixtures of coconut milk and juice.

No-bake granola bars

No Bake Granola Bars | Sheknows.com
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Ditch the store-bought granola bars that are full of preservatives and opt for this recipe for no-bake granola bars. The toasted oats and cereal are held together with maple syrup, almond butter and dates, and stay fresh in a sealed container for up to one week or in the freezer for two months.

Rice cakes with almond butter and banana

Rice Cakes with Almond Butter and Banana | Sheknows.com
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Kids will love these rice cakes with almond butter and banana sandwiched in between. Sprinkle them with cinnamon for a little extra flavor in this easy-to-prepare snack.

Chocolate avocado mousse

Chocolate Avocado Mousse | Sheknows.com
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What kid doesn't love pudding? Swap out pudding for this decadent chocolate avocado mousse made with avocados — that's right, avocados. For families that go meatless, this recipe is vegan.

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