Cooking, Family

8 Dairy-Free ( & Toddler-Approved) Snacks

Happy first day of SUMMER!  Can you believe we’re already halfway through the year?!

I wanted to talk about something I feel parents are always looking for: new healthy snacks.

Ben is ALL about snacks… He’s his Mama’s boy, for sure!

Several times a day, he asks for “snaaaaaacks!” and will proceed to hand me anything that can hold some treats– cups, bowls, even building blocks turned upside down.  My boy sees opportunity in anything!  He isn’t picky at all, and his only request is for a food he can feed himself.  He’s already so independent in that way.

Ben’s happiest when food is involved!

I, on the other hand, am a little pickier when it comes to what he eats.  He still doesn’t handle dairy very well, so his snacks must be dairy-free– NOT an easy task in the land of convenient toddler snacks of cheese crackers and yogurt bites.  I prefer for him to have snacks low in sugar (but still allow him to have an occasional treat, of course), the more natural, the better, and convenience is definitely a plus!

I’ve made a list of my 8 favorite dairy-free (& toddler-approved) snacks that will hopefully inspire you with some new healthy ideas for if your kids are as snack-obsessed as mine is!

  1. Fresh fruit will always be first on my list.  Not only does Ben love them, but fruits like clementines/oranges, watermelon, and bananas are inexpensive, full of nutrition, and are a quick grab-and-go, all-natural treat. Image result for fresh fruit
  2. Dairy-free yogurt is a newer one on our go-to snacks, but now that I know how much Ben loves them, I try to always keep a few in the fridge.  They are a wonderful source of protein and are becoming more popular all the time, so the variety of choices is becoming greater.  Our favorites are the SO Delicious CoconutMilk flavors!Image result for so delicious dairy free yogurt
  3. Kirkland Signature Organic Animal Crackers were among the first things we purchased with our new Costco Membership. They come in a gigantic container (seriously, it’s huge!), which means we run out less often.  I usually throw a handful in a container for my purse or car, and Ben loves that they’re just the right size for his little hands.  You can also purchase them on Amazon if you aren’t a Costco cardholder.Image result for kirkland organic animal crackers
  4. Oyster Crackers are also always in our cabinet as a convenient grab-and-go snack.  They’re filling, and the Savoritz brand I buy at Aldi are inexpensive ($.79/ 10 oz bag) and have the smallest list of ingredients I’ve seen in any oyster crackers. Image result for savoritz oyster crackers
  5. Organic Raisins are Ben’s current most-requested snack lately.  He’s been going through so many that I’ve started purchasing them at Costco, too (but can again be found on Amazon)!  Since grapes are on the dirty dozen list, we feel better buying these organically.  Image result for sun maid organic raisins
  6. rX Kids Bars are a little more of a splurge snack, but Brandon and I love knowing exactly what’s in them and being able to count the list of ingredients on one hand.  Ben thinks they’re delicious and loves being able to feed them to himself. Image result for rx kids bars
  7. Aldi’s Little Journey Organics Pouches are the best! What kid doesn’t love a pouch, and what parent doesn’t love the convenience of squeezable organic fruits and veggies?!  These are great to keep Ben from having a hangry meltdown when we are at a restaurant waiting for our food.  When he was younger, we would squeeze them out on a spoon for him, but now he loves being able to drink them himself.  They are a fantastic deal and have a variety of flavors without added nonsense. Image result for little journey organic pouches
  8. Chex Cereal was always a favorite of mine as a kid (heck, I still love them!), and Ben loves them now. We can pour a few into a cup or bowl and they are a great size for a handheld snack.  Image result for chex cerealI hope this list will help you out of perhaps a boring snack slump.  My son and I approve of them, so I’m sure you and yours will too!  Do you have any dairy-free snack ideas your family loves?  We are always looking to try new things!  Have a great week, everyone! 

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