Whether you’re on the go, packing lunches, or just looking for some easier go-to options at home, I’ve rounded up 18 Easy, Healthy Kids Snacks (and a few we’re excited to introduce into regular rotation).
Do you ever feel like it’s a battle between what is healthy and what is easy? Whether I’m searching the cupboards for myself or my toddlers, it seems like most of the time I can only have one of the two. And usually, by the time I’m actually searching for one of these easy, healthy kids snacks, one of us is about to have a meltdown. Easy almost always wins.
Over the last few months we’ve been snacking on Crispy Green everywhere we go so we’ve partnered with them to put together this list of easy snacks today! Adelaide can’t get enough of these freeze dried fruit snacks. I think she loves the natural sweetness and the light crunchy texture but I know I love that Crispy Green’s freeze drying process retains most all of the nutrients from a fresh piece of fruit – without adding ANYTHING. So basically I get all the props for buying, prepping, and packing fresh fruit…without any of the mess or work.
Crispy Green’s freeze dried fruit also works really well for toddlers without a full set of teeth. Adelaide, at 15 months, struggles with pieces of apple but does really well with the freeze dried version.
Here are our favorite easy snack ideas! Most of these snack ideas will work if you’re looking for something mess free, but my main criteria was that my toddlers will eat it, it’s nutritious, and I can get it ready in less than thirty seconds.
- Freeze dried Asian Pears (of all the dried fruits, this has consistently been Adelaide’s favorite)
- Carrot Sticks: Just make sure you’re introducing these after your toddler has enough teeth to chew them. Lincoln loves these but Adelaide still can’t chew them very well.
- Fresh blueberries (other very favorite snack over here)
- Hummus + pita or veggies
- Cucumber sticks
- Bell pepper slices/ sticks
- Freeze dried Apples
- Freeze dried Mangos dipped in yogurt
- Freeze dried cantaloupe: I love that I can expose Adelaide to this flavor even if I’m not purchasing cantaloupe on the regular.
- Whole grain cereal (like Cheerios)
- Popcorn: Popcorn is always a hit with kids and did you know it’s a whole grain? It has 4 grams of fiber per 3-cup serving which means it’s quite a bit more filling than you’d guess. Mix it up with different toppings and you can always have this one on rotation.
- Peanut Butter: A few people in my house will eat this by the spoonful but you can also put it on whole grain bread, crackers, or veggies. It’s a great combo of healthy fats and protein.
- Cheese: Serve it alone or pair it with apple slices or carrot sticks for a good source of calcium and protein.
- Granola bars: There are so many different options for granola bars out there so to find the best ones for your kids, here are a few things to check for. Look for bars with less than 10 grams of sugar per serving, about 100-200 calories per serving, less than 5 grams of fat per serving, and at least 3 grams of fiber per serving.
- Turkey + Cheese roll-ups: Skip the bread on these turkey sandwiches and just roll the lunch meat and cheese together.
- Cracker sandwiches: Replace bread with crackers and layer on lunch meat and cheese or peanut butter and honey.
- Cinnamon Graham crackers + milk: Did you know those delicious cinnamon graham crackers actually have the same amount of sugar as the regular graham crackers?
- Whole grain waffles + peanut butter or yogurt: Keep frozen waffles on hand and just pop one in the toaster and serve with peanut butter and yogurt for a simple easy snack.
Check out this article from Smart Lifebites for more healthy snack ideas for toddlers.
What are your go-to snacks for your little ones?
Have you tried Crispy Green freeze dried fruit yet?