The right snack at the right time is just what toddlers need. Dietitians agree that toddlers’ tummies aren't big enough to take on board enough energy and nutrients from just three meals a day, so little ones need two to three snacks in-between, to boost energy, to fuel their explorations, and for healthy growth and development.
Wherever your little one needs a snack, whether they are running around in the garden, on a long car journey or on the way home from a swimming lesson, Organix Goodies has a choice of foods to suit any occasion.
Dr Frankie Phillips, Nutrition Advisor to Organix, says: “Toddlers need the extra nutrients healthy snacking can provide. Of course what's not healthy is snacking, or grazing, so much that your child is never hungry at mealtimes. But the right snack at the right time is often just what they need. And remember some treats can be tasty snacks but not all snacks should be treat foods!
“It’s all about good healthy snacking. Variety, a mix of sweet and savoury flavours and a balance of different foods are all important. So offer your little one lots of shapes, tastes and textures to help expand the repertoire of foods they eat, and this will also help ensure they’re getting a wider range of nutrients. Longer term you’ll also find benefits as your child will be more willing to try new foods, so you’ll be helping to develop their love of good food.”
7 reasons why toddlers need to snack
* Eating little and often is ideal as little tummies only hold small amounts
* Tops up little ones’ intake of nutrients, to meet their daily needs
* Provides essential calories to meet toddlers’ energy needs
* Adds variety to the diet with different tastes and textures
* Gives opportunities to try new foods either at home or out and about
* Keeps your little one going in between meals
* Helps teach healthy food habits
Signs your little one needs a snack?
If your little one doesn’t tell you they’re hungry, the chances are there will be a few other tell-tale signs to let you know he or she needs a snack.
Perhaps your toddler is a little tired, a little bit cranky, a little clingy, or you can see the start of a tantrum brewing? It probably means they’re ‘hangry’, that’s grumpy, hungry and in need food - and it’s real! So time for a snack – Ready, set…Goodies!
Ready Set Goodies!
It can be a challenge to ensure your little one is snacking healthily. The enormous range of Organix Goodies provides convenient, junk-free snacks whatever the occasion, whether eating at home or out and about, or in need of something for a lunchbox or party bag. They come in a variety of fun shapes and delicious flavours and textures, wrapped up in bright and colourful packs with activities to encourage play.
Busy little explorers will love Goodies soft oaty bars and the new mini oaty bites – packed full of juicy raisins and wholegrain oats, they will keep your active little one happy on the go. If you need to keep them going in between meals, Goodies savoury corn puffs are perfect for hungry explorers, and playful explorers will love the variety of textures and sweet and savoury tastes in Goodies biscuits and fruit snacks.
Mums and dads will love that all Goodies snacks come with the Organix No Junk Promise – a commitment to never adding anything unnecessary or artificial and parents can check as the labelling on our foods is always clear, open and honest.
You’ll soon find your little one’s favourites – and if your child is already a fan of Goodies why not try something else from the range – after all snacking can be fun too!