It’s always a struggle to find easy, healthy, kid-friendly snacks. I say this because most places around me sell or serve prepackaged chips, candy, sugar-filled drinks, and who knows what else. Moving from California to Oklahoma made me realize not all places are as health-conscious as the West coast. Around here, it’s common for kids to go to the local gas station to get Big Gulp sized cups of carbonated sodas. So as my kids grow older, I want them to see that eating clean and healthy doesn’t have to be a struggle. And I’d like for you to see that, too.
I’ve compiled a list of 10 easy and healthy snack ideas for your kids (or you!).
- Fruit. Fruit is seriously the best thing your kids could eat as a snack. Ideally it would be raw veggies, but fruit is a favorite with many kids. Packed with fiber, vitamins and minerals, it’s a nutritious snack and easy to hand out. Our favorites include bananas, apples, pears, berries, oranges, and grapefruit in this current season.
- Veggies + dip. I admit I have a bit of a hard time getting my son to eat the dip part, but he loves the veggies. Cherry tomatoes, Persian cucumbers, carrots cut into matchsticks are all great to dip into hummus and other dips.
- Multigrain crackers + cheese. I buy bulk pack organic multigrain crackers from Costco that last us a while, and I like to pair them with organic cheeses that I pick up from our local stores. I cut them into cubes so they’re fun to eat with a toothpick.
- Dates + nuts: this is essentially a Larabar (great for on-the-go), but it’s nice to have 3 dates, a few pecans or walnuts, and sometimes some freshly whipped cream. It’s the simple things, guys.
- Smoothies. Super easy to make and so easy to hide nutritional foods. I have a couple of smoothie recipes already in the recipe archive. My basic go-to is 1 banana, 1/2 cup frozen fruit, and 3/4 cup of milk + spinach, chia seeds, etc.
- Nut butter sandwiches. Almond butter and honey is our favorite combo, but we’ve had cashew butter, peanut butter, and sunflower seed butter that all taste great on some multigrain bread. Tip: I cut into squares for easy picking up and eating.
- Trail mix. Equal parts of raisins, nuts (cashews, peanuts, etc.), dried fruit like pineapple or papaya, and some chocolate chips.
- Granola bars. Larabars will be mentioned again, and Cascadian Farms is a great brand that carries a variety of organic granola bars, usually pretty affordable.
- Honey yogurt. I drizzle raw honey into some organic yogurt and often add berries or even some sugar free jams to create variety.
- String cheese + fruit. Something about that sweet and salty combo that’s just satisfying. Plus, string cheese is so much fun! And it’s nice to see organic string cheese in my stores now, too.
I hope this list helps you and your kids find some healthy options for snacking! Please comment and share if you’d like more content like this in the future.