My kids go to a daycare that doesn't provide food, thus I need to pack lunches and keep my baby's snack cubby stocked. I prefer it this way- I know that they are getting a balanced, processed foods-free meal and I can tell how much they ate when I open their lunch boxes at the end of the day. But I haven't packed toddler snacks in a few years, so I'm currently on the prowl for foods that are toddler friendly but can also double as a great snack for my four year old. Call me cheap, but I don't buy food just for babies, I think that it's a needless and expensive market aimed at emptying your wallet. There are plenty of foods available at the grocery store that are great for toddlers and tasty for the rest of the family too.
That all being said, have you tried Pirate Booty? My daughter loves the name and these rice/corn puffs dissolve readily in your mouth, making for a great snack for a toddler that's not well versed in chewing. They are made from corn meal and rice and don't have additives or fillers like a lot of other crunchy snacks. Even my husband and I love the stuff, so it's definitely family friendly.
For my babies weekly snack I packed a tupperware with pirate booty and snapea crisps. Once again, these snap peas are tasty for everyone but can dissolve easily. Since they are made from peas they have protein, vitamin C, calcium and iron. so not only are they good for your kids, they are also fun to eat and not bitter like peas can sometimes be.
I hope that your family enjoys this tasty combo.
Snap pea booty
Prep time: seconds
In a bowl combine 2 cups pirate booty (any flavor will do) with 1 cup snap pea crisps (again, any flavor works). Enjoy!