If you have a toddler at home then you know that you will not make it through a day with "3 square meals." Instead (if you are like me) you will be serving up not only tres entrees, but also at least two snacks per day (sometimes more).
I feel that I do a relatively good job at making sure my family eats well rounded meals. For breakfast my toddler usually eats cereal (often oatmeal, but lately more cold cereal with milk), some fruit (usually banana and/or grapefruit), and drinks juice or milk - she often takes bites of my toast too. A typical lunch might be milk, some cheese slices, apple slices, lunch meat, and bread with butter or jam (she won't eat a sandwich). For dinner I try to make sure we get at least a bit of all the major food groups (we rarely eat out and I think my dinner skills are adequate). When it comes to snacking however. . . that is another story.
Snacking for toddlers is VERY important, but I will freely admit I am not taking my toddler's snacking seriously enough. Her morning snack usually consists of dry cereal (really inventive - and healthy huh?) I do a bit better on her afternoon snack (but it is boring); this almost always consists of crackers (sometimes with cheese) and either fruit snacks or fruit chunks.
I am not particularly concerned about my girl's eating habits - I know she is healthy and is almost always in the 30-50%tile ranking in weight and height. She also gains weight at an appropriate rate and she always get a great bill of health at WIC and well child checkups. However, I'd like to do better with snacking!
So, I am giving a shout out to ALL of you moms! What snacks do you do with your little ones? What are some good affordable and quick ideas for snacks. I really must improve my repertoire and I am sure there are more moms out there who want to do the same.
As a final note - although this is my first post as an official coauthor it is not THE first. I urge you to read the three posts below that were submitted by Dee Dee (the one who invented this glorious brain child). The first outlines 10 AMAZING products she uses on a daily/weekly basis - many of which I had not thought of or hadn't thought of using in that capacity (thanks for the white vinegar tip, and I also bought some Eucerin cream for my little girl's eczema). The other two are about hot topics which every mom needs help on. And BOY OH BOY do I ever need help with tantrums and toilet learning. Check them out and leave your insights and comments.