25 Healthy Snacks Your Kids Will Love

1. Hummus & Vegetables

Hummus is a wonderfully nutritious snack kids love. Use your favorite store-bought hummus or use our recipe to make your own!

2. Kale Chips

Kale is a dark leafy green packed with nutrients that can quickly be transformed into a delicious, crunchy, kid-friendly snack! These “chips” are ready after only 15 minutes in the oven.

3. Butterfly Sandwiches

Get creative at snack time! Spread a piece of 100% whole wheat bread (or your favorite gluten-free bread) with nut butter or cream cheese and slice it diagonally. Then, turn the triangles around so that they meet at a point, resembling butterfly wings! Grab a list of toppings for your “butterfly wings” here.

4. Apple Cheese Melts

Slice apples and layer onto open toasted English muffin halves. Sprinkle with low-fat shredded cheese on top and broil to melt.

5. Healthy Tzatziki

This easy Greek yogurt dip is so simple that it will quickly become your favorite homemade veggie dip!

6. Yogurt Pumpkin Parfait

Feeling fall coming on? Layer vanilla yogurt with scoops of pumpkin puree and top with chopped almonds and a dash of cinnamon for a quick, seasonal treat. Wondering what else you can do with that can of pumpkin puree? Find all our favorite pumpkin recipes here.

7. Energy Bites

Try all three versions of our energy bites: power protein bites, no bake energy bites, and trail mix “reconstructed.”  Make a batch at the beginning of the week and have an easy, on-the-go snack at the ready!

8. Blueberry Cauliflower Smoothie

Simply blend 1 cup of milk, 1/2 cup of frozen riced cauliflower, 1 cup of blueberries, 1 cup of peaches and 1/2 tbsp of almond butter. Trust us, you won’t even taste the cauliflower!

9. Popcorn with Nutritional Yeast

Pop your own popcorn, spray lightly with oil mister, and sprinkle with nutritional yeast.

Nutritional yeast adds a nutty cheesy flavor to the popcorn and is a rich source of nutrients such as protein and B vitamins. The popcorn provides an excellent serving of fiber and is a fun snack for kids.

10. Fresh Fruit Kebabs

Make fruit kebabs using wooden skewers and a variety of fruit pieces such as strawberries, cantaloupe, watermelon, pineapple, apple chunks, blackberries, honeydew, or kiwi. Serve with a vanilla yogurt sprinkled with cinnamon to use as a dipping sauce.

11. Roasted Chickpeas

Roasted chickpeas plus the seasoning of your choice equals a tasty and healthy snack for kids. Some combinations we like are: garlic salt and rosemary, chili powder and cumin, honey and cinnamon, or soy sauce and sesame oil.

12. Baked Zucchini Sticks

These baked zucchini sticks are a perfect side or great for a snack on their own with your favorite dip! We like marinara or mustard for dipping.

13. Toasted Pita Chips with Avocado Dip

Think of this as the easiest guacamole you’ll ever make! Scoop avocado into a bowl and mash with a fork. Add 1 TBSP lime juice, ¼ tsp salt, and a dash of cumin and stir to combine.

Make your own toasted pita chips by slicing pita bread into wedges, brushing them with olive oil, and baking in 350°F oven for 8-10 minutes, or until lightly browned.

14. Edamame

Buy a bag of frozen edamame pods to keep on handy for a quick and healthy snack. Just pop in the microwave to thaw and let kids squeeze the pods to get the beans out!

15. Frozen Banana Popsicles

Frozen banana with yogurt and granola make for a great snack or dessert on a hot day! Need more cool options after a hot day? FEED’s favorite frozen treats has you covered.

16. Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Pumpkin seeds are an excellent source of healthy fats and minerals such as zinc and phosphorous. Eat the roasted seeds by themselves or mix with freeze-dried fruit and other nuts.

17. Easy Pizza

Using a whole wheat English muffin, pita bread, or your favorite gluten free bread, make an easy pizza! Your child can spread a bit of tomato sauce on it and add their favorite veggies and a pinch of shredded mozzarella.

18. Apple Smiles

Cut an apple into wedges, spread each wedge with nut butter, and add a row of raisin “teeth.”  Two wedges make a smile 🙂

29. Homemade Applesauce

Making your own applesauce lets you control the amount of sugar that goes into it. It’s simple to do and tastes great!

20. Avocado, Cheese and Crackers

Avocado is an excellent source of protein, vitamin E, and heart healthy monounsaturated fats! Choose a cracker made from whole wheat flour or a gluten-free cracker or crisp bread, and layer avocado slices with cheese slices on top for a filling and nutritious snack. For (four) more avocado ideas, check out this blog post.

21. Homemade Granola

Homemade granola makes a great snack because it’s lower in sugar and fat than what you typically buy at the store. Try our cherry almond pecan version too!

22. Ants on a Log

The combination of celery and peanut butter and raisins is a classic kids snack. Depending on the age of your child, let them help spread the peanut butter or place the ants. For variations, try using dried cranberries or currants instead of raisins, and cream cheese or almond butter instead of peanut butter.

23. Hard Boiled Eggs and Egg Salad

Make several hard boiled eggs and keep them in the refrigerator up to a week (in the shell) for easy snacks. With a little extra time you can create a quick and healthy egg salad by chopping the hard boiled egg and mixing it with plain yogurt. Add a pinch of salt or pepper and serve with toasted bread or crackers. Need a refresher on the best way to hard boil an egg? Grab our step-by-step guide here.

24. 100% Whole Corn Tortilla Chips with Salsa

You can buy salsa at the store, but if you have time, make your own! For a twist, try our tropical-inspired salsa recipes: kiwi, mango, or papaya. Serve with 100% whole corn tortilla chips for a delicious, whole grain snack.

25. Homemade Fruit Leathers

By making your own fruit leathers at home you can be sure that it’s an all natural snack with no extra sugar or other additives.

 

Need more meal and snack ideas for your kiddos? Book an appointment with FEED founder and pediatric nutrition specialist Lara Field today!

Lara Field MS, RD, LDN is a Registered Dietitian and Specialist in Pediatrics with over a decade of clinical and client experience planning healthy diets. When she’s not actively working to keep her clients healthy, she’s a busy mother of two active and healthy boys and a love for testing new recipes in her kitchen.