Does anyone else have a picky eater for a toddler? It was all so much easier when he was younger and we had just introduced solids via Baby Led Weaning. He would eat pretty much anything we set in front of him, and loved it all! Now? Not so much. He'd eat raspberries and blackberries until the cows come home, but even that's not a guarantee these days. If you asked him what his favorite foods are, he'd probably tell you "pizza, muffins, cookies, ice cream" - which is slightly hilarious, considering we never keep ice cream in the house and I can probably count the number of cookies we've given him on one hand (so I'm looking at you, Grammy, Pop Pop and Uncle....).
During one of our weekly trips to Target before flying out East last week, I was stocking up on healthy treats for my tiny tornado of a toddler to snack on on the plane and during our long drives to GG's house. As I was filling my cart with our usual pouches, I saw a new addition in the aisle that caught my attention - Gerber®'s new Lil’ Beanies™ snacks.
With all the sweet and unhealthy treats I knew he gets when we go on trips, I try to keep our on-hand snacks as healthy as possible, so I always like to read the labels of whatever snacks we're buying. I really liked that each serving of Gerber®Lil’ Beanies™ has 2 grams of protein and 1 gram of fiber, and has no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives! Lil’ Beanies™ are made with navy beans and naturally flavored, with no genetically engineered ingredients, so I can feel good about these clean and healthy snacks for my toddler!
We grabbed the two new Gerber® Lil’ Beanies™ flavors: Original and White Cheddar & Broccoli:
- The Lil’ Beanies™ Original flavor is really subtle, and has a very light, almost hummus-ish taste to it. I actually made a little toddler trail mix type snack with the Original flavor: mixing pretzels, Lil Beanies(TM) Original, sunflower and pumpkin seeds, and some dried cranberries and H gobbled it right up!
- The Lil’ Beanies™ White Cheddar & Broccoli flavor is probably H's favorite on its own. It tastes just like a cream of broccoli soup, only in a yummy crispy little snack, and its delicious dipped in hummus as well.
One thing I personally really like about both flavors is that there isn't any weird aftertaste (what, you don't "sample" your toddler's treats?), and they are both like healthier versions of a certain neon-orange cheese flavored crunchy puffy snack that I would rather H not eat. I also like that they are a baked snack, so they're not greasy or messy, and Gerber® Lil’ Beanies™ provide 9% of H's daily protein (2 grams), fiber, and 10% of H's daily Vitamin E per serving. So, we both like how they taste, and I extra like how good it is for it's nutritional value - that's a #GerberWinWin.
Gerber® Lil’ Beanies™ are great for on-the-go snacks, but they're also just a good option for me to keep in the house to let H snack on, in between meals. As I mentioned earlier, he's definitely hard to please when it comes to the food department, so finding a healthy snack that is picky eater toddler approved is always a big victory in our house. Apparently, they're so good, even his dinosaurs want in on the navy bean goodness!
Does this sound like a snack that even your picky eater would like? What are some of your favorite picky eater approved snacks for kids?
Thank you to Gerber for sponsoring today’s post and inspiring my little one to eat healthy, even on the go!