15 TikTok food hacks that’ll win over snacktime

A hack for getting my kid to eat the end piece of bread? Yes, please!

15 TikTok food hacks that’ll win over snacktime

From food storage hacks to easy family recipes, TikTok has been a huge boon for kitchen success. It's also become a supportive community for parents—both moms and dads—to share their favorite food hacks for kid's snacks, whether it be healthy recipes or how they sneak vitamins into their kid's food (P.S. this one is our favorite!). And truth be told, while these snack food hacks may be geared towards kids, we think cinnamon apple slices and frozen banana popsicles sound pretty yummy, too.

If you're looking for new, creative ways to change up your kid's typical lunchtime routine or food hacks, you've come to the right place. Ahead, check out our favorite TikTok hacks that'll cut down on sugar, time in the kitchen, dishes and messes! Not to mention, many of the snacks can be made with the help of your kids.

We know, it all sounds too good to be true, but it isn't—take a look for yourself below.

Banana "Nice" Cream


A sweet treat!🍌🍦#banananicecream #toddlerapproved #toddlersnacks #healthytoddler #toddlerfoodideas #easyrecipe #healthyrecipe #toddlerfood #fyp

Banana nice cream is an easy, healthy way to trick your kiddos into eating their fruit as dessert, and it tastes pretty bomb, too! The base recipe only requires two ingredients; but, you can add peanut butter, cacao powder, or fresh berries to jazz it up.

Hack via TikTok user @tipsandtricksfortots

Apple Monsters


Trying something healthy before the massive amounts of candy #halloween #toddlersnacks #halloweensnacks #applemonsters #halloweendiy #kidsactivities

Crafts and snacks? Sounds like a win-win to us. To get you started you'll need apples, strawberries, peanut butter, sunflower seeds (or other seeds of your choosing), and candy eyeballs. From there, your child can put it all together to create spooky apple monsters.

Hack via TikTok user @mrsblinks

Peanut Butter and Banana Sushi


Kid sushi #toddlersnacks #snackforkids

Declared "the perfect snack for a picky toddler," peanut butter and banana sushi is a fun snack hack that feels and tastes gourmet, but takes less than two minutes to make! We guarantee the kids (and moms) on the playground will be impressed.

Hack via TikTok user @jacquiedeering

Yogurt Melts


Next, I’m going to make spinach-banana yogurt melts! #BLW #toddlersnacks #momsoftiktok #fyp

Yogurt and fresh fruit, that's all you need! Feel free to also add chia seeds or hemp seeds, and while we're at it, we bet a mashup of different fruits would taste good, too (mango-pineapple yogurt melts, anyone?).

Hack via TikTok user @abbychuelas.kitchen

Cinnamon Apple Slices


Easy healthy toddler or baby snack using your air fryer or oven! #healthyrecipes #easytoddlermeal #diybabyfood #babyfoodrecipes #toddlersnacks

If you're obsessed with air fryer recipes like we are, then you're going to want to write this one down. This hack turns regular, boring apple slices into little pieces of dessert heaven. No air fryer? No problem! This same recipe can be replicated using the oven.

Hack via TikTok user @sunsflowercreations

Frozen Banana Yogurt Popsicles


Yum! #toddlersnacks #snack #lowcalorie #lowcalsnacks #healthykidsfood #mamahacks #toddlerhack #lowcarb #ketosnack

Enjoy the flavors of summer without all the sugar. This fast and easy snack hack cuts down on sugar, but still tastes delicious. Plus, your kids can help make it, so it's a 2-for-1.

Hack via TikTok user @ginamariebutler

Juice Pouch Hack


TODDLER SNACK HACK #travellingwithtoddlers #HealthyCooking #YouShouldKnow #whatilearned #babysmoothies🍎🍇🍐🥑 #toddlersnacks #australia #choomee

This mom's hack for preventing juice pouch explosions is genius! How many times has your toddler squeezed their juice or applesauce pouch too hard, making a big mess? Well, not anymore thanks to this snack hack.

Hack via TikTok user @travellingwithtoddlers

Popsicle Hack


Toddler Hack#momsover30 #momhacks #toddlerhacks #toddlersnacks #toddlersnacktime #toddlermom #toddlermama #toddlerhack #snacktime #summertime #sweets

Don't you hate when the popsicle melts faster than you can eat it? This snack hack will allow your child to enjoy their popsicle in peace, sans the messy hands.

Hack via TikTok user @tiffanybornehones

Grape Cutting Hack


Mom hack #toddlersnacks #momapproved #PaTiChallenge #FeelingGood #toddlersnack #cuttinggrapes #lifehack #kamloops

Cut grapes in half the amount of time thanks to this mama's helpful grape cutting hack. You may need to do two rounds, but it still beats cutting grapes individually.

Hack via TikTok user @jacquiedeering

Frozen Peanut Butter and Chia Fruit Seed Sandwiches


Fun snack for kids (or adults) #toddlersnacks #toddlersnackideas #momsoftiktokover30 #easysnackideas

A fun alternative to peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, these are packed with nutrients. Plus, it's served frozen, so you can take these bad boys on the road for an on-the-go snack without the mess.

Hack via TikTok user @fasterwaywithmorgan

Vitamin Snack Hack


Does anyone else have to do this? 😂🤦 #toddlerhacks #nobodysgonnaknow #momtok #toddlermom #toddlertok #toddlersoftiktok #momhacks #parenthacks #mama

The next time your child says "no" to their vitamins, try this parent's fruit gummies hack. And don't worry, we won't tell anyone. It'll be our little secret.

Hack via TikTok user @abelsworkshop

Popcorn Bowl Hack


Mind blown 🤯 your welcome ❤️ follow for more hacks #momhacks #lifehacks #toddlerhacks #parentinghacks #foodhacks

Did you know popcorn bags can be turned into servings bowls? Follow along this mom's crazy, simple hack, grab a few napkins, and say goodbye to dirty dishes. Happy popping!

Hack via TikTok user @momlikeaboss_

Bread End Slice Hack


I'm not throwing the end peice away. Anyone elses kid like this? #toddlerhacks #momlife #fyp #dontbesuspicious

Fighting over who gets stuck with the end piece is no longer a predicament thanks to this mom's hack. Simply, flip the bread so its "end side" is facing upwards. Add cheese, peanut butter, meat, Nutella, or whatever you want, then put that side facing down, on top of the other slice of bread. No one will ever know it was an end piece!

Hack via TikTok user @theology_and_coffe_mom

Hack for Cutting a Banana


Do you do this?? #momlifevibes #fyp #toddler #toddlerhacks #momhacksforyou

Put away the knife. To split a banana for your toddler, all you'll need to do is apply pressure to the banana and it'll naturally separate into three pieces or "logs."

Hack via TikTok user @reneemj.miller

Spill Hack


Simple Toddler Mom Hack to prevent spills! #momsoftiktok #hacksformommies #toddlerhacks

For juices, milks, drinkable yogurts, or other beverages that come with tin foil lids, get ahead of the spill by poking a straw through the lid. It's smart, fast, and mess-free!

Hack via TikTok user @momsmaternalhealth

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    Taking a birth class is a pregnancy milestone. Whether you've been excited to take a birth class for a long time or have just recently decided that you wanted to take one, sitting down for that first lesson feels big—spoiler alert, this is really happening! But finding time for a birth class isn't as easy as it would seem.

    We know new parents are busy (hello, understatement of the year). Between diaper changes, pediatrician appointments, healing from birth and the general adjustment to #newparentlife, the days can fill up quickly. But a lot of people are caught off guard by how busy pregnancy can be, too! That first trimester is so often full of symptoms—like nausea and fatigue—that can make previously easy or simple tasks exhausting. The second trimester begins and (usually) we start to feel better. But then our days get filled with planning out baby registries and deciding on questions like, "Where will this tiny new human sleep?" And before you know it, it's the third trimester—and, well, then you're in the home stretch. Plus there are so many appointments!

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    14 toys that will keep your kids entertained inside *and* outside

    They transition seamlessly for indoor play.

    Keeping kids entertained is a battle for all seasons. When it's warm and sunny, the options seem endless. Get them outside and get them moving. When it's cold or rainy, it gets a little tricker.

    So with that in mind, we've rounded up some of the best toys for toddlers and kids that are not only built to last but will easily make the transition from outdoor to indoor play. Even better, many are Montessori-friendly and largely open-ended so your kids can get a ton of use out of them.

    From sunny backyard afternoons to rainy mornings stuck inside, these indoor outdoor toys are sure to keep little ones engaged and entertained.

    Secret Agent play set


    This set has everything your little secret agent needs to solve whatever case they might encounter: an ID badge, finger scanner, walkie-talkie handset, L-shaped scale and coloring comic (a printable file is also available for online download) along with a handy belt to carry it all along. Neighborhood watch? Watch out.


    Mini golf set

    Plan Toys mini golf set

    Fore! This mini golf set is lawn and living room ready. Set up a backyard competition or incorporate into homeschooling brain breaks that shift focus and build concentration.


    Stepping Stones


    Kiddos can jump, stretch, climb and balance with these non-slip stepping stones. The 20-piece set can be arranged in countless configurations to create obstacle courses, games or whatever they can dream up.


    Wooden doll stroller

    Janod wooden doll stroller

    Take their charges on a stroll around the block with this classic doll stroller. With the same versatility they're used to in their own ride, this heirloom quality carriage allows their doll or stuffy to face them or face the world.


    Sand play set

    Plan Toys sand set

    Whether you're hitting the beach or the backyard sandbox, this adorable wooden sand set is ready for action. Each scoop has an embossed pattern that's perfect for sand stamping. They're also totally suitable for water play in the wild or the bathtub.


    Sensory play set


    Filled with sand or water, this compact-sized activity set keeps little ones busy, quiet and happy. (A mama's ideal trifecta 😉). It's big enough to satisfy their play needs but not so big it's going to flood your floors if you bring the fun inside on a rainy day.


    Vintage scooter balance bike

    Janod retro scooter balance bike

    Pedals are so 2010. Balance bikes are the way to go for learning to ride a bike while skipping the training wheels stage altogether. This impossibly cool retro scooter-style is built to cruise the neighborhood or open indoor space as they're learning.


    Foam pogo stick


    Designed for ages 3 and up, My First Flybar offers kiddos who are too young for a pogo stick a frustration-free way to get their jump on. The wide foam base and stretchy bungee cord "stick" is sturdy enough to withstand indoor and outdoor use and makes a super fun addition to driveway obstacle courses and backyard races. Full disclosure—it squeaks when they bounce, but don't let that be a deterrent. One clever reviewer noted that with a pair of needle-nose pliers, you can surgically remove that sucker without damaging the base.




    Whether they're digging up sand in the backyard or picking up toys inside, kids can get as creative as they want picking up and moving things around. Even better? It's made from recycled plastic milk cartons.


    Hopper ball

    Hopper ball

    Burn off all that extra energy hippity hopping across the lawn or the living room! This hopper ball is one of the top rated versions on Amazon as it's thicker and more durable than most. It also comes with a hand pump to make inflation quick and easy.


    Pull-along ducks


    There's just something so fun about a classic pull-along toy and we love that they seamlessly transition between indoor and outdoor play. Crafted from solid cherry and beechwood, it's tough enough to endure outdoor spaces your toddler takes it on.


    Rocking chair seesaw


    This built-to-last rocking seesaw is a fun way to get the wiggles out in the grass or in the playroom. The sturdy design can support up to 77 pounds, so even older kiddos can get in on the action.


    Baby forest fox ride-on

    janod toys baby fox ride on

    Toddlers will love zooming around on this fox ride-on, and it's a great transition toy into traditional balance bikes. If you take it for a driveway adventure, simply use a damp cloth to wipe down the wheels before bringing back inside.


    Meadow ring toss game

    Plan Toys meadow ring toss game

    Besides offering a fantastic opportunity to hone focus, coordination, determination and taking turns, lawn games are just plain fun. Set them up close together for the littles and spread them out when Mom and Dad get in on the action. With their low profile and rope rings, they're great for indoors as well.


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    The ultimate back-to-school shopping list for busy moms

    Use this list to prep for the best first day ever!

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    After spending a summer reconnecting with friends and family, enjoying the outdoors and (hopefully!) making time for vacation, it's time for kids to head back to school. They're ready to learn, grow and get out of your hair again! But they'll need some help to get there. Before the exciting first day of school, you'll need to get all the gear together to make school a success.

    As a parent, use this basic but essential school supply list to find everything your little ones need for their classes—even on a budget.

    Loose Leaf Paper

    Even though there won't be any tests or quizzes when school begins, kids take plenty of notes, complete assignments and do in-class exercises. Every student needs at least a few packets of loose-leaf paper for quick notes and doodles. Check with your child's school to find out if they require college ruled or wide ruled before you fill up your shopping cart — odds are they won't, but it's worth being sure.


    Personal Planner

    Your child will need a personal planner to kick off the school year and keep up with all of their assignments. It's an opportunity to invest in cute school supplies that motivate your kids every time they open their planners. Plus, planners help kids learn time management and responsible scheduling, which they can carry with them throughout their academic lives and into college and adulthood.


    #2 Pencils

    Most classes require #2 pencils because they show up easily on test bubble sheets that machines scan and grade. Add them to your child's school supply list before they sell out at local stores. A great deal on a large pack will likely last through the year.


    Black Ink Pens

    Teachers grade in red ink pens so their notes stand out as study tools. Your student should use black ink pens that don't bleed on the paper. Their work will stand out and never smudge if you use a tried-and-true brand that knows how to make a quality pen, like BIC.


    Highlighters in Different Colors

    Highlighters help students study if they outline notes in different colors. Get your child a pack so they have all the help they need for their study materials. If they're stressed about the tougher classwork, don't forget to break the tension with jokes that will put them at ease.


    Big Pink Erasers

    The erasers on the top of pencils won't last long in classes like calculus or trigonometry. Give your kids a backup by buying packs of big pink erasers. They last much longer and often do a better job of wiping mistakes away.


    New Headphones

    Headphones are one of the school supplies kids can use to express themselves. They'll wear them while studying in the library or riding the bus so they can focus or relieve stress between classes.


    Lined Notebooks

    Notebooks are cute school supplies that students always need. The spiral-bound pages are easy to flip through and lightweight in a backpack. They even help with virtual classes because each subject can have a different notebook and further organize notes that assist with online tests.


    Three-Ring Binders

    Students collect their loose-leaf notes in three-ring binders because they snap everything shut and keep notes safe. Find back-to-school binders that match your child's personality so they can stack everything safely in their locker without bending or crushing papers.


    Locker Decorations

    Most kids love decorating their lockers when they start middle school or junior high. Add locker decorations to your school supply list so they can personalize their storage unit and feel more at home.


    New Lunch Box

    Spoiled food ruins the first day of school. But a dual-compartment lunch box ensures your child's food stays fresh throughout the day by designating a special section for an ice pack. Your purchase could also start a new tradition of getting a different lunch box when the school year begins, easing your kids' nerves about beginning a new grade.


    Upgraded Backpack

    It's always fun to get a new backpack. Let your kids pick one that matches their size and expresses their personality with characters, colors, or other prints.


    Colorful Markers

    Young kids might need help adjusting to virtual school or having fun during in-person classes. Colorful markers are an easy way for them to relax while doodling, and they'll likely be part of daily assignments for elementary school students.


    Reusable Water Bottle

    Drinking out of water fountains helps spread illnesses. Your kids can avoid flu season by carrying a reusable water bottle in their backpack. Let them pick out whichever one they want and they'll look forward to using it instead of drinking from public fountains.



    Every teenager needs a calculator when they go back to school. A TI-89 model assists with graphing functions and lasts throughout their academic careers. You won't have to buy another one if they keep it in its case between classes.

    Back to School Landing

    This viral comic about working motherhood is so true

    It's not really an even playing field.

    Mothers can be found at the top of many professions, and the current generation of fathers are doing more than the dads that raised them, but we can't pretend that working mothers and working fathers are on the same playing field.

    We are jumping over hurdles while the men beside us are sprinting down a clear track. This simple metaphor illustrated by a Peruvian cartoonist at La Republica captures the complex challenges faces by working mothers. Thanks to a tweet by Mumbai-based billionaire Anand Mahindra, chairman of the Mahindra Group, the cartoon went viral and has gotten people talking about the hurdles in our lane.

    Even now, in 2019, mothers in heterosexual partnerships are often seen as the default parent. We carry a heavier mental load than our male counterparts, work more hours doing unpaid labor, spend more time on childcare and have less time to care for ourselves. Research has actually found that men's leisure time increased after parenthood, while mothers see their workload at home increase.

    Mahindra tweeted the image after watching his grandson for a week. "I salute every working woman & acknowledge that their successes have required a much greater amount of effort than their male counterparts," he captioned the comic.

    Mahindra is right that we're putting in more effort, but we're certainly not being paid more. When men become fathers they often see their earnings increase, while many mothers get passed over for promotions and report being hit with the "motherhood penalty". And women still make $.80 to a man's dollar in America.

    This isn't just bad for moms, but for the men married to us, too. According to a study published in the Journal of Family and Economic Issues, marriages suffer when women feel they are sacrificing their careers and doing more than their fair share for the family. "Mothers in dual-earner households experience greater parenting inequalities than do similarly-situated fathers," the researchers note.

    This breeds resentment, and it can also create a situation where dads don't feel like an equal or capable parent. The solution, according to experts, is simple: We need to divide household responsibilities more evenly between partners. Only then will the playing field be level.

    This cartoon didn't go viral because it's funny. It's the opposite. But it is relatable to many mothers. The good news is that we can knock down those hurdles, and investments into childcare and paid parental leave can help us do it. Being a working mother is hard, but we can do it.