We all know that snacks are a toddler’s best friend. They will literally push away their favorite foods and ask for a snack immediately before touching that “yucky” plate. That’s why I’ve made it my mission to find food that can be disguised as snacks for toddlers.
Choosing something unprocessed our toddler likes was easy to incorporate was where we started. Ultimately we decided it was Arla Cream Cheese. Arla Cream Cheese is free of artificial flavors, preservatives, and added hormones*. The best part? You’re not sacrificing taste and if anything you’re gaining a lot more by going unprocessed.
We try to live as unprocessed as we can, especially when it comes to dairy. Most dairy products commonly contain crazy sounding ingredients like xanthan, rBST and sorbic acid. Arla even had a group of kids draw what they thought these ingredients would look and you’d be surprised. I asked my kiddos the same questions to see what they would come up with. As you see below, something that scary shouldn’t be in our toddler’s tummies.
Arla is a farm-to-fridge dairy, meaning their cream cheese(and other products) come directly from Arla’s very own proud farmers. Arla Cream Cheese is made with four ingredients that are easy to pronounce. Cream, milk, cheese culture, and salt…yes, that’s it. For comparison, Original Philadelphia cream cheese has 11 ingredients, yikes! This makes Arla a better option for better nutrition for our littles with only 60 calories and 5 grams of fat a serving.
Fruit Pizza Bagel
Making a fruit pizza bagel is probably the easiest snack you can make for a toddler. It’s so easy your toddler can even help out and create their own. My little guys love “cooking” their own food and usually gobble it all up. To start you need a couple of unprocessed bagels which you can grab from most health food stores or better yet, Pinterest can guide the way via recipe. Next, grab your toddler’s favorite fruits and maybe sneak in new ones they’ve never tried. Lastly, grab a tub(or five) of Arla Cream Cheese, you can find a store here, and you’re set.
Want to win a shipment of Arla Cheese products? Watch this video(scroll down the page to the red curtains) and comment what your favorite part is, it’s that simple!
If your toddler loved making their own Fruit Pizza Bagels at home, please send the photos. I would love to see how creative and colorful their bagels turned out.
*No significant difference has been shown between milk derived from rBST treated and non-rBST treated cows.