Snack time. It always sneaks up on me in the morning!
Most mornings, I’m fairly certain we have just finished breakfast, but the kiddos are asking for snacks.
Either I lose track of time and it really is snack time, or they are super hungry kiddos!
Healthy Snacks for Kids
To make snack time easier on me and so we don’t resort to carb-heavy (read: easy) snacks each day, I have a running list of snack ideas that I keep on our fridge.
If you’re looking for some fresh snack ideas, snag a few from the list below!
– Any fruit – sometimes the more unusual the better! Watermelon, pineapple, kiwi, honeydew, fresh pears, and cantaloupe are a few to get you started.
– Bananas smeared with peanut butter or on the side to dip
– Apple smeared with peanut butter or on the side to dip
– Pretzels – Our favorite gluten-free brand is Snyder’s
– Cheese sticks or cheese slices – we love Sargento
– Yogurt – add any fruit for extra yumminess
– Energy Balls – they’re not just for breakfast!
– Breakfast cookies – also not just for breakfast
– Homemade popcorn – I use 3/4 cup white kernel popping corn, 1-2 Tbs. of coconut oil, lots of salt and pop on the stove. Delicious!
– 1 slice of cheese and 1 slice of deli meat rolled up – mayo optional
– Carrot sticks, broccoli, or cauliflower dipped in ranch
– Small handful of peanuts, or any other nuts – My kids are currently in love with cocktail peanuts
– Granola, plain or small bowl of granola with milk – Our favorite is KIND Maple Quinoa Clusters. Yum!
– Vegetable chips – My kiddos like Terra chips the best
– Roasted Chickpeas – yum! We love these.
– Smoothies – This protein smoothie is delicious!
– Homemade mini-muffins – I always put in an extra 1/2 cup of flax seed for protein
– Glass of milk – white milk or chocolate milk (the healthiest version available in your area)
– Rice Cakes with peanut butter spread on top – Quaker Oats Caramel Corn are our faves
– Small bowl of cottage cheese with sliced apples to dip (or blueberries or bananas)
– Tortilla chips and salsa
– Homemade Hummus – dip in carrots, crackers, sliced bell peppers, or cucumbers
– Homemade Trail mix – the combinations are endless!
– Peanut Butter Toast – spread peanut butter on 1 slice of bread, toast in toaster oven-yummy!
– Baked Cheese Squares – place very thin cheese slices on parchment paper-lined cookie sheet (don’t use foil!). Bake at 350 for 5-7 mins. Cool and eat!
– Mini-pizzas using English muffins -just spread with pizza sauce, sprinkle with cheese, and bake in toaster oven
– Slices of any homemade quick bread: banana bread or pumpkin bread
– Homemade granola bars
– Cheese toast – Lightly butter a piece of bread and sprinkle grated cheese on top. Lightly toast in toaster oven.
– Dry cereal – shredded wheat or Kashi Simply Maize are our favorites
– Hard boiled eggs
– Small bowl of Pasta Salad – whole grain pasta loaded with raw veggies and a bit of Ranch dressing to hold it together
– Mini whole wheat bagel with cream cheese or peanut butter
– Whole Wheat biscuit with a dollop of peanut butter and/or jelly
– Cucumber Bites – Cut cucumbers in thick slices, then spread with cream cheese
– Small bowl of homemade oatmeal
– KIND Bars – our favorite is KIND Fruit and Nut
– Freeze Dried Fruit – it’s much cheaper to buy freeze dried fruit snacks in bulk
What are your children’s favorite snacks? What do you do to make snack time easier? Share your best tips in the comments below!
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