Many parents have dealt with a screaming two-year-old refusing to eat. The situation is enough to make even the most experienced parents pull their hair out. Toddlers can be finicky eaters and parents often worry about whether or not their child is consuming enough. Two-year-olds are natural grazers and are often more willing to eat snacks than a full meal. When toddlers can participate in making the snack, they are more likely to eat what they have made.
Parents know how difficult it can be to get thier child to eat fruits and vegetables. Smoothies are a healthy snack that you can make in a countless number of ways. Two-year-olds can choose which fruits they would like to put in the smoothie and can even throw them into the blender. Of course, the parent should do all of the cutting and blending. Try using bananas, berries, pineapple, oranges and peaches. Add some spinach or kale and make a green smoothie. Low fat milk, peanut butter and honey are also healthy and delicious additions.
Trail mix is a quick and simple snack that you can make together using whatever ingredients you have on hand. Raid your pantry and grab a large bowl and allow your toddler to start mixing various items. Try using cereals, pretzels, marshmallows, chocolate chips and dried fruit. Allow your two-year-old to practice using measuring cups in which to add each ingredient, using a wooden spoon to mix everything together.
Fruit and Cheese Kebabs
Want a snack that will keep your two-year-old occupied for awhile? Give her a selection of pre-cut fruits and cheeses to thread onto a wooden kebab stick. Use fruits such as strawberries, blueberries and pineapples. This activity also allows toddlers to practice their fine motor skills. Your child may decide to use the kebab stick for a sword or stabbing device, so close supervision is advised.
Creativity with Food
Chances are, your two-year-old will be playing with her food anyway, so why not allow her to make a snack in this way? Making food into an object is a fun and creative way to get your toddler interested in a snack. Create ants on a log using celery and peanut butter with raisins on top. Give your child a tortilla with dressing or sauce spread on top and allow her to use pieces of vegetables to create a face.