- School starts soon and many parents, like me, are planning what kinds of snacks they want available for their kids. Most kids need something to eat in between lunch and supper. They come home from school hungry and ready to eat whatever catches their eye. As parents we need to make sure we have healthy snack options available and convenient.
Healthy snacks should be tasty, appealing visually, and provide nutrient rich choices with both carbohydrate and protein. Kids get the energy and protein they need to hold them until the next meal and satisfy their hunger – at least for the time being. My favorite ones are quick and simple, like a peach with cottage cheese, an apple with peanut butter, hummus and raw veggies, or cheese and whole grain crackers. You can find a list of more quick and easy healthy snacks here.
Sometimes, though, it’s fun to make a special treat and have something different. I’ve put together a collection of 22 healthy snack recipes that I think my kids, and hopefully yours, will enjoy. Here they are:
22 Healthy Snacks for Kids Recipe Round Up
Blackberry Mint Lime Fruit Leather by In Sock Monkey Slippers – I believe my kids will love these. Just waiting for the blackberries to ripen.
Blueberry Banana Smoothies from Healthy Ideas Place – One of our favorite smoothies here at Healthy Ideas Place.
Blueberry Cashew Bars by The Lean Green Bean – Store them in the freezer and take them out when your kids want a fun and tasty change to their regular snack.
Cheezy Kale & Quinoa Crackers by Queen of Quinoa – Try making your own crackers for snacks – yum.
Creamy Avocado Hummus from Joy the Baker – Hummus with avocado = protein and healthy fats all in a delicious dip. Serve with raw veggies or pita chips.
Deviled Avocado Eggs from Luv a Bargain – Eggs are a great source of protein to help keep kids full. I’m looking forward to trying these deviled eggs since they’re made with avocado instead of mayonnaise. Definitely a healthier option.
Frozen Yogurt Covered Blueberries from Family Fresh Meals – Make these ahead of time, put them in the freezer, and have them ready for a fun, healthy snack.
Fruit and Nut Breakfast Bars by Savory Style – I know these say breakfast bars, but I think they’d make a great afternoon snack for kids as well.
Grape and Banana Dolphin Parfait from Roxy’s Kitchen – Fruit and Greek yogurt form a healthy pairing in this fun parfait. So creative – and your kids will love it.
Healthy Banana Oat Muffins by Prevention RD – These muffins would make a healthy snack as well as a healthy breakfast choice.
Healthy No-Bake Salted Dark Chocolate Chunk Oatmeal Cookie Bars by Half Baked Harvest – My kids like anything with chocolate, especially dark chocolate – me too!
Homemade Strawberry Fruit Snacks from Cupcakes and Kale Chips – Two ingredients, easy to make, and what kid doesn’t like strawberries?
Mango Strawberry Lime Popsicles from Cupcakes and Kale Chips – I love that there’s no added sugar in these popsicles, just fruit. And they look so yummy.
Oven Roasted Chickpeas via Cherished Bliss – My kids loved these when we made them. They’re crunchy and savory, so delicious.
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Granola Bars via Mom’s Kitchen Handbook – Forget store-bought granola bars. Try this delicious looking, healthier alternative.
Quick & Easy Pita Chips by Brittany’s Pantry – These whole wheat pita chips look easy to make and would go great with the Creamy Avocado Hummus above.
Rainbow Smoothie Pops at Sheknows – You have to take a look at these: homemade icee pops made with fruit, no sugar or other additives like food coloring. I can’t wait to try them.
Raspberry Muffins via Healthy Ideas Place – Filled with raspberries, these make a delicious, healthier snack than store-bought muffins.
Strawberry Blueberry Smoothies from Healthy Ideas Place – Strawberries and blueberries combine with Greek yogurt for a great tasting smoothie that kids can make too.
Strawberry Watermelon Popsicles by Pick Fresh Foods – Kids will love these and mom will too as there’s only fruit, no added sugar, food coloring, or other additives.
Taco Popcorn from Gimme Some Oven – Popcorn doesn’t have to be plain. This recipe includes a link to a homemade, healthier taco seasoning recipe – much better than store-bought seasoning.
Trail Mix Peanut Butter Apple Stacks by Mom’s Kitchen Handbook – A fun, healthy snack that’s easy for everyone to make, from the youngest to the oldest.
What healthy snacks do you like to have available for your kids? Share with us in the comments below. We’d love to hear about them! Help spread the word about healthy snacks for kids, share this list with others on Facebook or Pinterest!