Dear Crissy

5 muffin tin snacking tips

As the mother of a 3-year-old, I am all too familiar with what it takes to feed a picky eater. I’ve found that there are three very important factors to keep in mind when planning meals and snacks for my little guy. It needs to be fun, easy, and most importantly — nutritious.

Recently, Mott’s Snack and Go Natural Applesauce Pouches have been our go-to travel snacks. I throw a pouch in my purse when I know I’ll be on the move with the kids all day and they definitely meet my criteria for a healthy kid-pleasing snack.

Speaking of fun, easy, and nutritious — I’ve also been remixing some of my son’s favorite snacks recently and serving them to him in a unique way. I give Evan a toddler buffet by way of muffin tin snacks! If you haven’t seen this fun and creative food idea, let me explain.

The photo at the top of this post is a muffin tin snack (it could be considered a meal, really) that I provided for my 3-year-old yesterday.

Muffin Tin Snack

Muffin tin snacks are a great way to provide toddlers with nutritious foods in a fun way, and they also make a great after-school snack for your preschooler or kindergartener. Check out these 5 tips for preparing a fabulous muffin tin snack for your child!

5 muffin tin snack tips:

1. Choose nutritious foods: Well, that seems pretty simple — right? I’m not sure why, but my son will eat foods that he normally wouldn’t touch, like carrot sticks, out of a muffin tin. Take the opportunity to include fresh fruits, veggies, whole wheat and dairy snacks that your child might not normally enjoy. You may be surprised what your kid will eat out of a muffin tin compartment!

2. Get creative: Make your child’s muffin tin snack attractive. Use cookie cutters to shape sandwiches or use decorative toothpicks to skewer cheese. Presenting the food in a fun way makes the experience even more enjoyable for your child.

3. Introduce something new: Take this opportunity to introduce a new food to your child. I included some avocado slices in Evan’s muffin tin meal last week and he realized that he really likes it!

4. Keep the portions small: Your muffin tin has six compartments. You’ll want to keep the portions small so you don’t overwhelm your child. You can always offer seconds!

5. Remix a classic: Present your child’s favorites in a new way. Evan loves applesauce, so I like to top his applesauce with nuts, cinnamon, or even a few raisins to add a flavorful kick. He also loves cottage cheese to which I add fresh pineapple chunks or berries.

What I’ve found is that my son loves eating his food from interesting containers — whether it’s a muffin tin or a Mott’s Applesauce Pouch!

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This is a sponsored post on behalf of Mott’s. While I was compensated for this post, opinions are genuine and my own.

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  1. Tamara — August 16, 2012 @ 9:30 am (#)

    Awesome coupon – thanks Crissy! I’ve yet to do the muffin tin snack/meal thing (mostly because I don’t want to deal with washing the tin, LOL) but I really should give it a try. I know my kids would love the fun change in routine!


  2. MORGAN W. — September 18, 2012 @ 10:21 am (#)

    Such a creative idea!!! Love it!


  3. Aisha Milburn — September 18, 2012 @ 11:44 am (#)

    This is a great idea! I’ll print and save for future use when Kendall’s at this stage! :-)


  4. Xpixgxzgxloxu — September 18, 2012 @ 12:44 pm (#)

    welll this was certainly unique and interesting.. muffins as a buffet.


  5. Nita Johnson — September 18, 2012 @ 4:53 pm (#)

    What an awesome idea! I am a Grandma now, I never had a creative mind like this when my kids where little. But I am definitely going to use it when my grand-kids come over. And thank you for the coupon I will share it wisely.


  6. Deborah Dumm — September 19, 2012 @ 6:23 pm (#)

    neat tips


  7. Mindy Grant — September 25, 2012 @ 10:34 am (#)

    This is a great idea! I also recently saw the idea to use a muffin tin to put your condiments or veggies/dips in at parties. Who would have thought it?


  8. Jennifer M — September 25, 2012 @ 1:27 pm (#)

    I love this idea! Perfect for my picky little eaters. :)


  9. Betty Baez — September 27, 2012 @ 11:22 am (#)

    This is a great idea I know my kids will think I’m silky and enjoy it


  10. Brittany K. — October 2, 2012 @ 11:43 am (#)

    This is a great idea. Pinning for later!


  11. JJ Caraway — November 30, 2012 @ 12:02 pm (#)

    I have three grandchildren that would love this idea. I am going to try this with them and know can’t wait because it is going to be fun. Thank you so much, this will encourage them to eat more while having fun.


  12. Tina Marie — December 4, 2012 @ 2:56 pm (#)

    HaHa!! This is soooo something I would do…. a muffin “plate” ;) Cool!!


  13. Katelyn — December 14, 2012 @ 3:31 pm (#)

    I did muffin tin snacks with my boys over the summer! It is a great way to keep them from taking to much!


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