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Do you have any good ideas for veggie snacks?

I'm on a pretty strict diet, and I need to get my two year old eating better anyway, so I thought I would only have fruits and veggies to snack on. Do you have any ideas for snacks that my two year old would be willing to eat? I can think of broccoli "trees", avocado pieces, and carrots, but I'm drawing a blank on everything else.

 
corbysmom531

Asked by corbysmom531 at 6:57 PM on Nov. 6, 2009 in Food & Drink

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  • Thank you everyone!
    corbysmom531

    Answer by corbysmom531 at 7:01 PM on Nov. 19, 2009

  • ants on a log- sticks of celery with pnut butter spread on them then topped with rasins. how bout strawberries dipped in lowfat/sugar free yogurt? frozen grapes (really good, great texture). uuuummmm... oh granny smith apple slices with lowfat cheddar- thats one of my faves!
    snoober_k

    Answer by snoober_k at 7:02 PM on Nov. 6, 2009

  • My two year old likes grape tomatoes, cucumbers and black olives.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 7:03 PM on Nov. 6, 2009

  • Yes black olives are always fun for the kids to put on their fingers. Just make sure they have clean hands. Also baby carrots and for some reason kids like small things. My 2 year old nephew LOVES peas. I think its cause theyre small and he can eat them with his fingers
    firethearson

    Answer by firethearson at 7:09 PM on Nov. 6, 2009

  • Broccoli florets, cauliflower florets, carrots, celery, bell peppers sliced into strips, sliced cucumbers, radishes, pea pods (also called snap peas, sugar peas, snow peas), cherry or grape tomatoes, lettuce salad, all dipped in ranch dressing...troll the produce area of your grocery stores (some will have different things) and pick out something new every week. Oh, jicama, peeled & sliced into matchsticks, kholrabi can be eaten raw...
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 7:56 PM on Nov. 6, 2009

  • I am pretty sure the one right before me summed it up pretty well, but I wanted to add a trick I read on askdrsears:

    Use an ice-cube tray, a muffin tin, or a compartmentalized dish, and put bite-size portions of colorful and nutritious foods in each section. Call these finger foods playful names that a two-year-old can appreciate, such as:

    apple moons (thinly sliced)
    avocado boats (a quarter of an avocado)
    banana wheels
    broccoli trees (steamed broccoli florets)
    carrot swords (cooked and thinly sliced)
    cheese building blocks
    egg canoes (hard- boiled egg wedges)
    little O's (o-shaped cereal)

    Place the food on an easy-to-reach table. As your toddler makes his rounds through the house, he can stop, sit down, nibble a bit, and, when he's done, continue on his way. These foods have a table-life of an hour or two.
    Mama2Becks

    Answer by Mama2Becks at 8:04 PM on Nov. 6, 2009

  • On top of what everyone else said, I know my son LOVES peppers!! Red especially. I slice them length-wise and you could use ranch dip. I dont know how old your child is but my kids love cucumbers, and tomatoes as snacks also.
    KaRaBaSsEtT

    Answer by KaRaBaSsEtT at 8:37 PM on Nov. 6, 2009

  • Oops, I see he is 2yrs old lol! My bad :)
    KaRaBaSsEtT

    Answer by KaRaBaSsEtT at 8:38 PM on Nov. 6, 2009

  • Try this fruit salad recipe. Its healthy because honey is really really good for you, and its something sweet yet not high in ADDED sugars.

    http://food.ivillage.com/recipefinder/display/0,,g9jp,00.html
    AprilDJC

    Answer by AprilDJC at 1:50 AM on Nov. 7, 2009

  • Frozen foods are fun to play with, and will get eaten, like peas, blueberries and corn. Chunks of avocado and tofu are loaded with great nutrition, and are fun to squish between little fingers.
    I have never met a toddler who wouldn't eat hummus (lots of calcium, protein, good fats and iron), you can mix it with a mashed egg.
    Offer cut fruits with yogurt dip, fresh veggies with hummus or salad dressing, cooked whole wheat pasta and veggies with marinara or peanut sauce or cheese sauce.
    rkoloms

    Answer by rkoloms at 9:04 AM on Nov. 7, 2009

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