Snacks for kids? Easy enough. Healthy snacks for kids? Admittedly, a little trickier. While feeding kids healthy snacks should be a priority, let’s face it, often it feels like there aren’t enough hours in the day to make wholesome, good-for-the-body treats. (And sometimes it’s just impossible to resist a bag of chips!) But guess what? Making healthy snacks—and getting your kids to eat them—can be done. All you need is a little inspiration and preparation.
Recipe developer Karen Biton-Cohen has whipped up two dozen healthy snack ideas for kids. And the best part? Most are pretty easy to make (some can even be made in under five minutes). Twenty-four healthy snacks for kids means fresh ideas five days a week for an entire month. You’ll even have leftover options if you want to make a swap.
Looking for healthy snacks for kids at school and after school? Check. Want recipes for healthy snacks for kids on the go? They’re here. And the one that’ll be a hands-down winner with parents: easy-to-make healthy snacks for kids. And because you’re probably busy all day long, there are options for store-bought healthy kids snacks too. Happy snacking!
Healthy snacks for kids at school
When considering what to pack in your child’s lunchbox, look for healthy snack ideas that’ll stave off hunger pangs until lunchtime—without spoiling her appetite. So that sugary cereal bar? Not the best choice. These alternatives are tasty and easy to make too.
1. Hummus and carrot sticks
Ditch the pita chips (think of all that salt) and serve wholesome hummus (pre-made is fine) with sweet, crunchy baby carrots.
2. DIY trail mix
Combine your family’s favorite unsalted nuts, seeds and dried fruit to create your own trail mix. You get to put in all the good stuff your child likes and avoid the saltiness of store-bought trail mix. (Note: If your child attends a nut-free school, you can always swap out the nuts for pretzel sticks or mini crackers.)
3. Pretzel sticks with cheese
Use pretzel sticks as “tooth picks” for cheese. Cut cheddar (or another type of hard cheese) into bite-sized cubes. Pierce each cube with the end of a pretzel stick.
4. Crispy, crunchy chickpeas
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Drain and rinse a can of chickpeas. Toss with 1/4 cup olive oil, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder and 1/2 teaspoon turmeric. Spread the seasoned chick peas evenly on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake for 45 to 50 minutes or until deeply golden and crunchy. Allow to cool then bag into a sandwich bag.
5. Skewered melon balls
Use a melon baller to scoop out melon and watermelon. String the balled melon onto toothpicks for easy eating.
Healthy after school snacks
Which kid doesn’t want an after school snack? Now that school’s out, your child has time to slow down and eat—and you have a little more time to make them something slightly more complex and creative. Here, six healthy after school snacks that’ll tide over even the hungriest kid until dinner time.
1. Honey roasted peaches with greek yogurt and granola
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Place pitted peach halves skin-down on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Sprinkle with cinnamon and drizzle with honey. Bake for 20 minutes until peaches are charred along the edges and tender in the center. Top each half with a dollop of yogurt and sprinkle with granola.
2. Apple peanut butter “sandwich”
Slice one apple into rounds. Using a cookie cutter, remove the core and seeds of each apple ring. Spread each ring with peanut butter and scatter raisins on top. Place another ring over the top to create a “sandwich.” (Note: If your child has a nut allergy, replace the…