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Daycare-friendly toddler snacks

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Created March 23, 2011 at 2:33 PM

After securing a note from my daughter's pediatrician recommending snacks from home instead of the amazingly awful crap her daycare gives kids for snack (fig newtons, poptarts, fruit loops, gah!)...I now need snack suggestions for my 20 month old. They get a morning and afternoon snack. I have an insulated lunch bag with reusable ice packs, so I can send refrigerated stuff. She does eat some cheese and yogurt.

We've been doing home snacks for 2 weeks, and I feel like I'm relying too much fruit. I always pair it with a protein/fat item. So apple slices with almond butter, or cheese. I also send yogurt. And I've sent paleo banana bread and egg muffins.

The other kids get a lot of variety in their SAD snacks because there are a million crackers and cookies. I'd like to give my daughter lots of variety, too. But she's not old enough to tackle raw veggies or jerky or whole nuts. It has to be something she can feed herself without being a choking hazard.

I've thought about more paleo baking, but have some concerns about trying too hard to replicate SAD food rather than guiding her to prefer fairly unaltered, whole natural foods. But I'm flexible. And she's not picky at all so far, so I think I could be creative with some help.

Thanks for any ideas!

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on March 25, 2011
at 12:55 PM

Wow, thanks for the links. I hadn't seen the familygrokumentarian blog before and I love the bento boxes!

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on March 23, 2011
at 07:55 PM

This question has been a good one for me, as I struggle with what to feed my kids at times. Familygrokumentarian - loving the lunch box ideas on your blog btw - they've given me a headstart for when my DD goes to school :-)

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on March 23, 2011
at 07:53 PM

BLW rocks. Both my kids were BLW'd and didn't have any baby cereals or pre-packaged baby foods (apart from the odd fruit puree).

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on March 23, 2011
at 07:52 PM

Oh yes! And, put it in the fridge to set!!!

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on March 23, 2011
at 06:37 PM

Try tomatoes and mozarella - citrus pieces and some nuts - veggie sticks, cucumbers, etc.

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on March 23, 2011
at 03:48 PM

Thanks. :) Hope that you find some ideas there, Sj!

D30ff86ad2c1f3b43b99aed213bcf461

on March 23, 2011
at 03:45 PM

I'll second the vote for that recipe! Yum. You definitely have to push HARD though.

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on March 23, 2011
at 03:41 PM

If you stick to jerky made with ground meat, the choking concern goes down. Easy to chew.

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on March 23, 2011
at 03:21 PM

This was my first thought too! My kids love jerky.

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on March 23, 2011
at 03:21 PM

At 20 months, your child shouldn't struggle with jerky. A baby learns how to chew before they start swallowing foods. An adult is as likely to choke as a child would be. However, children's gag reflex isfurtger forwards than an adult's is. I have a 25 month old son & 36 month old daughter. Both at jerky without problems. It's surprising how capable and inventive they can be with their food. Give any foods a try, you'll be surprised :-).

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on March 23, 2011
at 02:41 PM

Our very own familygrokumentarian, has a great blog with posts of her kids awesome bento style lunch boxes and what she sends the with. It's truly inspiring! http://www.primalkitchen.blogspot.com

http://www.everydaypaleo.com is run by a Paleo mom with four kids and she also has great ideas.

Two previous threads:

Paleo 4 kids meal/snack ideas: http://paleohacks.com/questions/18061/paleo-4-kids-meal-snack-ideas#axzz1HQuY8Iyi

And a Halloween thread that also has good ideas: http://paleohacks.com/questions/11724/halloween-and-paleo-kids#axzz1HQuY8Iyi

D30ff86ad2c1f3b43b99aed213bcf461

on March 23, 2011
at 03:48 PM

Thanks. :) Hope that you find some ideas there, Sj!

Bc762105fbdc6694dc6dd316840846a7

(65)

on March 25, 2011
at 12:55 PM

Wow, thanks for the links. I hadn't seen the familygrokumentarian blog before and I love the bento boxes!

C4134ed417dbc0a6b79ab2cee32632d3

(1801)

on March 23, 2011
at 07:55 PM

This question has been a good one for me, as I struggle with what to feed my kids at times. Familygrokumentarian - loving the lunch box ideas on your blog btw - they've given me a headstart for when my DD goes to school :-)

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on September 07, 2013
at 12:44 AM

I give my 17 month old cold hamburgers, squares of cheese, carrot sticks, or pork rinds when I leave him in childcare at the gym. He's been fine with those items for many months. You should look into Baby Led Weaning. It's poorly named: it just means letting your child learn to eat real foods from the beginning. They really don't need mush, because they have sophisticated gag reflexes to prevent choking.

As to jerky, mine has been chewing on it from a very young age. He would basically chew and suck until it got soggy. I don't know how much he actually swallowed, but he loved it. I haven't made any lately -- must get on that.

C4134ed417dbc0a6b79ab2cee32632d3

(1801)

on March 23, 2011
at 07:53 PM

BLW rocks. Both my kids were BLW'd and didn't have any baby cereals or pre-packaged baby foods (apart from the odd fruit puree).

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on March 23, 2011
at 03:35 PM

We love this recipe: http://www.joyfulabode.com/2010/09/12/grain-free-granola-bars/

I will be sending my kids to nursery (preschool?) & they'll probably be taking their own snacks too!

C4134ed417dbc0a6b79ab2cee32632d3

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on March 23, 2011
at 07:52 PM

Oh yes! And, put it in the fridge to set!!!

D30ff86ad2c1f3b43b99aed213bcf461

on March 23, 2011
at 03:45 PM

I'll second the vote for that recipe! Yum. You definitely have to push HARD though.

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on March 23, 2011
at 02:45 PM

I do steamed vegetables for my guys snack - with a dipping sauce for him (homemade ranch dressing or baba ganoush) he really likes to dip things, and actually some of the other kiddos in his daycare now bring similar snacks. I would say don't fret the fruit - some would argue with me - but we provide strawberries, blueberries, peaches, apples etc for our son in his lunch (not all at once) we send frozen berries, and by snack they've thawed - I'm sure they are a mess for the daycare providers, but that's why we pay them the big bucks!!

I also send lunch foods for snack as well, and daycare lets him choose what he would like. We do lots of chicken, leftover fish or steak/roast.

But I really believe that doing the paleo baking, like you are is great - at their age they don't know why they don't get what the other kids have - I made flax bread for our little guy and sent him with an almond butter and home-made jam (raspberries and honey) sandwich. I know that it is not the most ideal paleo meal - BUT it's not a twinkie!!

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on March 23, 2011
at 02:40 PM

Beef Jerky!

I posted in an answer two inexpensive ways to set up to make your own jerky at home. What better paleo snack than MEAT for your little one!

http://paleohacks.com/questions/27735/beef-jerky-paleo-style-in-canada/27741#27741

C4134ed417dbc0a6b79ab2cee32632d3

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on March 23, 2011
at 03:21 PM

This was my first thought too! My kids love jerky.

Da8e709acde269e8b8bfbc09d1737841

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on March 23, 2011
at 03:41 PM

If you stick to jerky made with ground meat, the choking concern goes down. Easy to chew.

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