40+ Healthy Snacks for Kids

Healthy snacks are often promised on the label, but what’s truly inside? An impossible to pronounce ingredient here, a GMO there—it can get overwhelming in providing healthy snacks for your kids! In teaming up with Produce for Kids to support the fight against childhood obesity and encourage healthy eating habits, I’ve been compelled to overhaul my own kids’ snack options as well. As mentioned in my previous post, we had gotten into a very bad habit of Goldfish and pretzels. No more though—it’s time to Ditch the ‘Fish!

Healthy Snacks at Home or On-The-Go

I’ve compiled a list of over 40 healthy snacks, including the direct links to my recipes. It was actually a great opportunity to realize how many things I already make and have blogged about—just a matter of making them more often and pulling it all into one concise list! Some of our replacement snacks are still processed in the sense they come out of a package; however, I have limited those to options that have minimal, pronounceable ingredients.

40+ Healthy Snacks

  1. Stove-top popcorn
  2. Smoothie popsicles
  3. Apples slices with peanut butter and honey
  4. Apples wrapped with ham and cheese
  5. Mary Gone Crackers
  6. Grapes (plain or try frozen)
  7. Melon balls; plain or wrapped with prosciutto
  8. Grain-free sugar-free pancake with nut butter
  9. String cheese
  10. Plain whole milk yogurt topped with your own sliced fruit
  11. Avocado bowls
  12. Frozen PB banana sandwiches
  13. GMO-free roasted edamame
  14. Frozen banana ice cream (Yonanas or blender)
  15. Baked lentil chips
  16. Sweet potato chips (homemade or a brand like Food Should Taste Good)
  17. Easy Trail Mix
  18. Nuts: almonds, walnuts, pistachios, cashews
  19. Strawberries and homemade nutella
  20. I-Wish-These-Were-Samoas 
  21. KIND bars (or Wegman’s brand version: Whole+sum bars)
  22. Lara bars
  23. Homemade hummus
  24. Freeze-dried or dehydrated fruit (be sure it’s JUST fruit; no sugar added)
  25. Carrots and homemade ranch
  26. Guacamole with veggies (simplify and get Wholly Guacamole)
  27. Organic whole grain animal crackers (not the best, but not the worst)
  28. Awesome Sauce Applesauce
  29. Kale chips
  30. Roasted chickpeas
  31. Ants-on-a-log; celery with peanut butter and raisins or Craisins
  32. Mix of nuts with Craisins, pumpkin seeds and dark chocolate chips
  33. Clean Jigglers
  34. Homemade waffle with nut butter
  35. Homemade GF granola
  36. Salsa with dehydrated peach slices or sweet potato chips
  37. Apples dipped in nut butter and then rolled in sliced almonds
  38. Cubes of leftover cold chicken and homemade ranch
  39. Cucumbers topped with turkey and cheddar
  40. Smoothies in a Squeez’Ems packet
  41. Fermented dill pickles (check label. Some have unnecessary dyes.)
  42. Vegan gluten-free chocolate pudding
  43. No-bake vegan gluten-free brownies
  44. Grass-fed beef jerky (pricy! but a good occasional treat)
  45. Hard-boiled eggs with sea salt
  46. Cucumber cups

What are your kids favorite healthy snacks? Please let me know in the comment section below!

Meridith Oram
Meridith Oram is an ACE-Certified Health Coach at Below the Fork where she encourages women to love themselves towards healthy. She is married with two boys, and lives outside of Philadelphia. She earned a B.A. in Communications from Villanova University. Meridith writes about FASTer Way to Fat Loss, fitness, nutrition, Celiac Disease, and easy (but delicious!) gluten-free recipes at belowthefork.com. Follow her @belowthefork on all social channels.

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