Healthy Toddler Snack Guide


You need healthy, grab and go snacks for your toddler that you can find at Target (or the grocery store) but don’t have time to read the labels on hundreds of boxes in the snack aisles.

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Healthy Store-bought Snack Guide for Toddlers

You need healthy, grab and go snacks for your toddler that you can find at Target (or the grocery store) but don’t have time to read the labels on hundreds of boxes in the snack aisles.

This guide shows you the best grab-and-go options you can find in the store,  AND it’s easily viewed from your phone, so you can quickly pull it up in the store and decide what to get.

The products suggested in this guide contain:

  • 7 grams or less of added sugar (but may contain more total sugar from natural fruit sugars)
  • no artificial colors
  • no artificial flavors
  • only real food ingredients

You can feel confident that your little one is still getting good nutrition when you are out running around, without feeling like you have to whip up homemade snacks every time!

There are so many times we are running out the door and I just need to grab something that I can throw in my purse and GO. These are the snacks I grab!

What's Included


It’s meant for the whole family, but you can also use it for just the kids if that works better for you. The meals are kid-friendly, but still meant to be satisfying to an adult as well. It’s also PERFECT for nights that there’s just one parent eating at home, or grandparents or a babysitter is taking care of dinner.

Yes, and there is a product page that includes freezer items that are allergen friendly. You will need to make some substitutions to the recipes, like subbing in gluten free bread for example, or subbing in dairy free cheese (or omit it).

Yes. There are only two recipes that use eggs and you can skip these or use an egg substitute.

Always double check your products, I can’t guarantee all the ones I recommend are nut-free, but you should be able to make all of the recipes in the guide.

The specific products I recommend likely will not be available outside the US. It may be frustrating to see all these things that you can’t get in your store. 

The guide does include convenience foods (like some frozen or packaged options) but I picked the healthiest choices for you! It’s mainly a mix of fresh, frozen, and convenience items in the meal plan.

There are 17 vegetarian meals (however, the meat options can be substituted for vegetarian if you’re okay with having to make a substitution, like a veggie burger in place of chicken, for example.)

There are 4 meals with fish (shellfish and fin fish) so you can skip those (or sub in a different protein).

There are 3 red meat options in the whole guide.

The only thing that would be a consideration is the sodium content in some of the packaged/frozen items. If they eat mostly homemade foods with no added salt it should be fine to include the meals in the guide some days. I include low sodium options as much as possible in the guide.

What Moms are Saying

I just wanted to say thank you SO much for your awesome, “real life” meal plans. I have spent hundreds of dollars on so-called easy/quick/”every kid will love” meal plans and cookbooks, just to send up spending wayyy too much time in the kitchen and listening to my 5 yo complain that she didn’t like the food anyway. Sigh. I swore that I was never going to buy any plans or books again, but I decided to give your dinner (and lunch!) plans a try, and it was the best $20 I’ve ever spent. Easy to follow instructions, and my picky eater (and her almost as-picky little sister) loved the food! You’re awesome! PS My husband and I ate the same meals, so they definitely work well for the whole family!

Susan M.

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