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10 Healthy Snack Ideas for Kids

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“I’m hungry!” is a common sentence heard throughout the day for nearly every parent on the planet. You don’t want your kids to fill up on cookies and other unhealthy foods throughout the day, but getting them to eat healthy can be quite the task. The key is to find fun, delicious treats that they won’t even realize is healthy.

Make Rainbow Fruit Kabobs

Most kids like at least some fruit, and if it looks like art, they’ll probably like it even more. Choose grapes, strawberries, bananas, oranges, and other fruits that match the color of the rainbow. Cut them into bite-size pieces and poke a skewer stick through them to create a pretty treat that is fun to eat.

Create Healthier Chips

Potato chips are full of calories and fat, and the grease can often be found smudged across the couch or on the walls after children eat them. Instead of this unhealthy, messy food, make your own fruit and veggie chips. Simply slice, season if desired, and bake. The result is fewer calories, more nutrients, and no greasy residue all over the house.

Freeze Healthy Popsicles

Before you make this healthy snack, you’ll need to purchase a popsicle-making container, but don’t worry. They’re usually only a couple of bucks at any dollar store or department store. There are plenty of combinations for healthy popsicles. You could blend peanut butter, bananas, and plain yogurt before freezing, or for something fruitier, mix your child’s favorite berries with vanilla yogurt and freeze.

Swap Traditional Fries for the Sweet Potato Variety

Sweet potatoes are a healthier alternative to traditional potatoes, and they often taste better. Slice sweet potatoes into wedges, season as desired, and bake until they’ve reached your desired crispiness. The kiddos can eat them plain or dip them in ketchup just like they would regular fries.

Make Turkey and Avocado Toast for Extra Protein

Some kids are picky and may not eat avocado, but if your kids love it, spruce it up with some extras. Toast as many pieces of whole wheat bread as you need, and then top it with slices of turkey and creamy avocado. This works well as an energy-boosting after-school snack or as a healthy lunch on the weekends.

Dip Healthy Foods in Chocolate

What kid can go without chocolate? Entire chocolate bars aren’t very healthy of course, but if you melt your own chocolate, you’ll have more control over how much your kids eat, and you’ll be able to mix in healthy foods. Oranges, apples, strawberries, bananas, and even soy chips are all popular items for dipping.

Build Your Own Gummy “Candy”

If you have a bit of extra time, or if you simply want to make a special treat for little ones, you can make your own gummy candy with strawberries, kiwis, a bit of sugar, and gelatin. They only take a couple of hours to prepare and chill, and they last in a closed container in the refrigerator for as long as two weeks, so you can make a large batch that will last. This is a definite go-to if you have a little one who loves gummy bears but doesn’t get them often because of the excess sugar in them.

Create Your Own Pizzas

Next time you’re in the grocery store, grab some mini tortillas so you can create mini pizzas after school. If you want traditional pizzas, use salsa, shredded cheese, pepperoni, and any other favorite toppings. For something sweet, top your tortillas with cream cheese and freshly sliced fruits.

A New Spin on S’mores

Who doesn’t love the gooey warmth of a marshmallow and chocolate between graham crackers? Still, this isn’t a practical or healthy treat, so why not put your own spin on it? Instead of filling the graham crackers with marshmallow, put your child’s favorite yogurt between them. If you’d like a bit of added flair, roll the sandwich in a few dark chocolate chips.

Grab Something From the Store

Contrary to popular belief, it is possible to grab healthy snacks at the grocery store. You just have to know where to look. Hampton Creek makes a line of cookie dough’s that are dairy-free and low in cholesterol. You can bake them or eat the dough straight out of the jar without fear of becoming sick, making it the perfect quick treat for kids and grownups alike.

Of course, all kids are a bit finicky about their food. What they like one day may not be on the list the next, but if you get creative, you’ll be able to get your kids to eat a number of healthy treats.

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24 Comments

  • Reply Candice Martin

    Love these ideas, especially since my girl tends to want the sweeter snacks and I’m trying to get away from them. These are some great ideas that i think she will enjoy 🙂

    December 28, 2016 at 1:44 am
  • Reply janie vezina

    great ideas for healthy snacking…my kids love snacking, might as well make it healthy.

    September 2, 2016 at 6:55 am
  • Reply daykam_aram

    These are awesome ideas. I’m running out of ideas on what to give my baby!

    August 27, 2016 at 1:41 am
  • Reply Madison D

    Great ideas for some snacks! Thank you for sharing!

    July 27, 2016 at 9:28 am
  • Reply Dandi D

    These are some really great ideas–I think my son tells me he’s hungry every half hour, so I have to be creative with snacks sometimes.

    July 26, 2016 at 10:41 am
  • Reply Sandra Caballero

    Oh my goodness !! I love your tips! Thanks so much for sharing!!

    July 25, 2016 at 3:30 am
  • Reply Molly

    These are great ideas. I think I’ll make some for me too!

    July 23, 2016 at 6:14 pm
  • Reply Jen S.

    Homemade cookies and granola bars are great too because you pick what is in them! Ours are always made with raw honey and raw organic cane sugar instead of white sugar…and we cut the sweetness back a little. We use organic coconut oil instead of butter…or go half and half. We use lots of extra goodies like ground flax seed, organic coconut flakes, whole oats, wheat germ, oat bran, seeds and nuts…etc, etc. They are so easy to customize! Best of all, the children can help with making them cause they are fun and easy! ?

    July 19, 2016 at 1:14 pm
  • Reply Rebecca Woodin

    love these please do another article! we have many food allergies, most of the top 8 and about 10 more so would love some more ideas!

    July 18, 2016 at 9:23 pm
  • Reply Ramsey F.

    These are great!

    July 18, 2016 at 7:54 pm
  • Reply CJinWA

    My kids love dipping fruit (apples, bananas, berries) AND veggies in peanut butter (carrots, celery, sugar snap peas). So tasty. We also love using whipped coconut cream as a dip for our berries – especially helpful when you need to up the fat in kiddos who eat like little birds (I have one little string bean myself).

    July 18, 2016 at 4:26 pm
  • Reply Penelope Paulette

    Yum, Turkey and Avocado! And sweet potato fries! Not just for kids, those are two of my favorite adult swaps, too!

    July 18, 2016 at 8:56 am
  • Reply Amber Ludwig

    Dip Healthy Foods in Chocolate <— Do this constantly lol!! Hubby thinks Im crazy lol but Im like no seriously it makes them better 😉 Im convinced!!

    July 17, 2016 at 3:45 pm
  • Reply serena

    Great ideas not only for the kids but for me as well. Thanks.

    July 16, 2016 at 8:09 pm
  • Reply Sara Capasso

    Some great ideas to try here!

    July 15, 2016 at 3:11 pm
  • Reply Jessica Byrd

    This was great. Thanks for sharing.

    July 15, 2016 at 11:57 am
  • Reply Stéphanie Trottier

    I regularly make sort of smoothies. Since I’m not good at estimating the necessary quantity for a snack, I end up having too much. So, I make pops by freezing it. Good and healthy pops! My LO is 11 mo and he loves it! I’ll keep those ideas in mind for the future!

    July 15, 2016 at 9:52 am
  • Reply Brittany Cockburn

    So many great ideas, I can’t wait to try them all!!!

    July 14, 2016 at 3:54 pm
  • Reply Dawn Samson

    Good ideas, so many kiddos are addicted to junk food and sugar. These are fantastic replacements!

    July 14, 2016 at 4:56 am
  • Reply Lisa W

    How yummy! We love frozen fruit here!!

    July 10, 2016 at 10:51 pm
  • Reply Ashley Chassereau Parks

    We were just talking about changing up the meal routine and getting the kids to help us more at dinner time….. we thought about them helping to make their own healthy pizzas! These are great ideas! I know they’d like the rainbow cabobs too!

    July 10, 2016 at 9:47 pm
  • Reply Richard Hicks

    We are always looking for new healthy snacks for the kids. These are great ideas

    July 10, 2016 at 7:50 pm
  • Reply Jo-Ann Brightman

    You have given me a whole bunch of great ideas . i did not know about the Hampton Creek line of products.

    July 10, 2016 at 5:38 pm
  • Reply Nicole Williams

    Great ideas!

    July 10, 2016 at 4:26 pm
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