PBHP for Kids –
Snacks for toddlers and young children
Snacks are an important part of a young child’s diet. Young children need to eat more frequently than adults or older children. Their stomachs are still small and they cannot eat large meals. Snacks between main meals provide them with the energy and nutrients needed to meet their total daily requirements.
Depending on their age and needs, young children may have two or three snacks a day (e.g. mid-morning, mid-afternoon and before bedtime). Young children should eat whenever they are hungry, even if they have eaten shortly before or even if it is not the usual time.
Here are some examples of healthy and nutritious snacks for 1-5 year olds. We have divided them into two groups: those rich in iron and those rich in calcium. This way you can alternate snacks from each group throughout the day.
If your child is still breastfeeding, each feeding counts as a calcium-rich snack. Focus on the iron-rich group when they want a solid snack.
Remember that children under 5 years should not be offered any foods that they could choke on, such as popcorn, whole nuts, whole olives, sultanas, other dried fruits or pips or stones in fruit.