My kids are BIG snackers! They are continuously coming up to me throughout the day, and asking for food.. usually in the most inconvenient times.
They absolutely love snacks, but trying to get them to eat an actual meal can be a very exhausting task. For some reason when food is in the form of breakfast, lunch, or dinner, it’s just not all that appealing.. but lay it out in the form of a snack, and they’re all over it.
I don’t know about you, but there have been so many times where I have wanted to give my kids something healthy to munch on, but after awhile of offering them the same few options, they start to get bored. I am then back at square one, rummaging through the pantry, fridge and freezer to find some new and exciting food for them to eat.
When my attempts fail, it becomes much easier to grab the bag of gold fish crackers, or a store bought granola bar, and hand it to them.
Besides my lack of creativity in trying to come up with a few new options, I am also usually trying to juggle numerous others things in the middle of their demands… plus, to be honest, sometimes I’d just rather not put in the extra effort.
But regardless of my many excuses and justifications, I know that crackers and granola bars are just not all that beneficial to their health. I mean, these common store-bought snacks are primarily made of fat, salt, sugar and color. And sure, these ingredients certainly make for a yummy, kid-approved treat, but they do next to nothing in providing them with the nutrients that they need.
So, tell me, what do you do when your babies storm the kitchen in search of food?
Well, take a look at my handy-dandy list of quick, easy, healthy snacks, and get to making.
(This list has quite a few nut-filled options. I prefer to feed my kids these because of the numerous benefits that nuts have, but of course, if your child is allergic then you can always leave the nuts out or substitute them for a nut-free option).
My Big List Of Healthy, Yummy Snacks For The Kids:
– Cut up Apple or Pear with a handful of Nuts (Almonds, Cashews, Walnuts,etc.),
or a few pieces of Cheese
– Banana with Nut/Seed Butter (Almond, Cashew, Sunflower, etc.)
– Larabar (an awesome nutritious food bar to replace the sugar-filled granola bars. The only ingredients are Dried Fruit, Nuts, Salt and sometimes Cinnamon or Vanilla.
My oldest daughter loved these when she was around 2-3 years old. They are a great snack to have when outside the house).
– Whole Wheat Crackers with Cheese
– Whole Wheat Crackers with Butter or Nut Butter
– Orange Wedges
– Bowl of Frozen Berries
– Toast with:
Or a combination of these
– Vegetables and Dip (Mix & Match):
Carrots, Celery, Cherry Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Bell Peppers, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Snap Peas
Hummus, Dressing, Salsa, Bean Dip, or Guacamole
– Fruit Smoothie
– Organic Pretzels with Hummus
– Homemade Whole Wheat Muffin
– English Muffin with
– Berries (Strawberries, Blueberries, Raspberries, Blackberries)
– Homemade Popsicles (made with Real, Pure Fruit Juice)
– Celery with Nut Butter and Raisins (Bugs on a Log)
– Organic Corn Tortilla Chips with Salsa, Guacamole, or Hummus
– Home-Made Granola with Yogurt and Fruit
– Hard Boiled Eggs
– Wasa Crispbread with
Avocado & Cheese & Veggies,
Butter & Cheese,
Honey & Butter,
or Jam & Nut Butter.
– Home-Made Trail Mix:
Dried Fruit (Raisins, Apricots, Mango, Pineapple, Apple, Banana, Dates, etc. – look fora brand without sulfur),
Nuts (Almonds, Cashews, Pistachios, Walnuts, Hazelnuts, etc.),
Dark Chocolate Chips (in moderation),
Seeds (Sunflower, Pumpkin, etc.),
Plain Air-Popped Popcorn,
Organic, low-sugar Cereal
– Kale Chips (home-made or bought)
– Organic, low-sugar Cereal with Milk (Dairy or Non-Dairy)
– Air-Popped Popcorn (not in the microwaved packs) with a small amount of Butter and Sea Salt.
– Watermelon Cubes (fresh, or frozen)
– Whole Wheat Tortilla with Cheese
– Whole Wheat Tortilla with Cream Cheese and Cucumbers
– Whole Wheat Tortilla with Nut Butter and Banana/Apple
– Roasted Pumpkin Seeds (made with Salt & Olive Oil)
– Home-Made Banana Bread
– Home-Made Oatmeal Raisin/Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies
– Organic Cottage Cheese with Fruit
– Avocado, Cucumber, and Tomatoes with Sea Salt
So there you have it.. my big list of healthy, easy snacks that you can offer to your child between meals, when their tummies are grumbling.
Believe me, I know how tempting it can be to avoid the hassle of preparing healthy food, and instead, opting for the packaged stuff.. I have been there many times myself. But as parents, we need to remember that it’s not only our job to raise our children to be great people, but also to teach them to have great eating habits.
So, won’t you join me in taking the first steps to giving our children the best nutrition that we can.
Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
– Proverbs 22:6