25 Healthy Snacks for Children

by Carrie Raab on September 21, 2011

25 healthy snacks for children

25 Healthy Snacks for Children

Has your creativity run out for providing healthy snacks for your children?

Do you find your children and possibly even yourself gravitating towards the same snacks day after day? Would you like to implement 25 healthy snacks– perhaps foods your children have never tried before?

Excellent!  I’m here to help!  The next time you go to the grocery store, make sure you have your grocery list with the snack items included.  Fruits and vegetables are a great healthy snack time treat!  Whole grains and protein are as well!

25 Healthy Snacks for Children:

  1. Raw vegetable strips with hummus or salsa
  2. Celery sticks topped with peanut butter (and raisins, optional)
  3. Air-popped popcorn
  4. Melon balls (watermelon, cantelope, honeydew)
  5. Home-made granola or organic granola
  6. Frozen chuncks of grapes, mango, pineapple, papaya, or banana
  7. Granola and fresh fruit and topped with plain yogurt
  8. Vegetables (celery, carrots, tomatoes, cucumbers) with dip
  9. Whole-grain oat cereal mixed with chopped walnuts and dried wolfberries
  10. Whole-grain crackers with nut butters (almond butter is delicious)
  11. Soy nuts, sesame seeds, brazil nuts, almonds, or cachews
  12. Raisins and nuts, mixed (sea salt)
  13. Apple slices with almond butter or hazelnut butter
  14. All natural, organic oatmeal
  15. Banana with nut butter
  16. No sugar added apple sauce
  17. Fresh fruit salad
  18. Power Meal (non dairy) protein powder shake with added fruit and nondairy milk
  19. Fruit, pureed and frozen in ice cube trays
  20. Kabobs with cheese, fruit and vegetables
  21. Whole-grain toast with grated cheese (can be nondairy) and a tomato slice, broiled
  22. Frozen bananas (peeled)
  23. Whole-grain pita stuffed with veggies and salsa or hummus
  24. Whole-grain english muffin with banana and peanut butter or almond butter
  25. Smoothie with fresh or frozen fruit and no sugar added juice

Children need assistance in choosing healthy snacks

If your children are like my children, or if you are like most people, we tend to grab ‘snacks’ that are not so nutritious.  It takes time to plan “healthy snacks.”  But, if you have a list, like the one above, it helps to guide you in the right direction.  You are more likely to follow the healthy snacks on the list if you have it in front of you, or printed out and stuck on your refrigerator (hint hint!), than if you do not have it and you are just grabbing a snack because your stomach is growling or your taste buds are wanting something sweet.  It takes discipline, it takes desire to eat healthy.

Does it matter if my children choose healthy snacks?

Yes, Yes, and Yes!

The American diet is lacking in the daily requirement for fruits and vegetables.  You want your children to eat as many fruits and veggies as they can in a day.  Dietary fiber is an important benefit of fruits and vegetables.  Fiber helps to prevent heart disease and certain cancers. Fruits and vegetables are very low in fat and calories, and having a diet high in fruits and vegetables can help you lose weight and keep it off.  Fruits and vegetables have no cholesterol, either. 

When choosing carbs, make sure they are whole-grains, 100% whole wheat.  

Keep a varied diet and a wide range of colors in your diet.  Each color fruit and vegetable has many vitamins and minerals .Your body needs a variety daily!  Fruits and vegetables are essential nutrients and should be eaten at every meal and in between.  Whenever possible, raw whole foods are the best.

Teaching your children to eat healthy and eventually they will like “raw” fruits and vegetables that will benefit their life and health today and decades to come.  Healthy snacks turn into healthy meals which turn into a healthy body! 

You can do it!  Take it one day at a time!  One snack at a time! 

Do you or your children have a favorite healthy snack?  If so, please add them to the comments below, so our list of 25 can grow!
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{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Tara August 5, 2012 at 7:29 pm

Great snack ideas. Thanks for linking up at Simply Made Home. I have often thought about making some sort of color chart for my kids to see if we can get a greater variety of colorful foods into our diet!

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Carrie Raab August 5, 2012 at 7:32 pm

Hey Tara! Oh, that is awesome! I think we would all benefit from that great tip! :)

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Pam @ Ramblings of a Happy Homemaker November 23, 2011 at 3:30 pm

Thanks for some great snack ideas. This is an area I struggle with – although we do some of them. My son does NOT want to get in a rut by eating the same things too frequently. Maybe this will help me freshen things up a bit.

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Carrie Raab November 23, 2011 at 4:05 pm

Hi Pam! Finding healthy snacks for kids is hard. I think even as adults we get in the rut! I use these snacks for myself and for my kids! They are more likely to eat the snacks when “mom” is! Thanks for stopping by! Bless you and your healthy eating!

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Stephanie September 23, 2011 at 4:24 am

What a good list! My kids tend to be grazers and I like to have healthy snacks ready to go so they have something nutritious whenever the mood strikes. Found you on the Green Resource link up…

Stephanie :)
http://www.simplicitymom.blogspot.com

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Carrie Raab September 23, 2011 at 1:54 pm

Hi Stephanie! Glad the list of healthy snacks is helpful to you and beneficial for your kids! Spread the word so we can improve our kids diets and create healthy lifestyles :)

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Stacy September 22, 2011 at 10:00 pm

Great ideas here!

Thanks so much for linking up with our very first week of Your Green Resource. We appreciate it!

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Carrie Raab September 22, 2011 at 11:47 pm

Bless you Stacy and I look forward to linking up and sharing our ideas! See you next week! :)

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'Becca September 22, 2011 at 9:08 pm

Great list! My six-year-old likes most of these things. Another of his favorites is
Tomato
Toast
using nutritional yeast flakes. Of course, it can be made with coconut
oil, olive oil, or margarine if you don’t eat butter.

One of my favorites when I was little was to have a food (like carrots, toast, or
cheese) cut into thin strips arranged to spell my name, next to a tiny cute bowl of
dip.

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Carrie Raab September 22, 2011 at 11:46 pm

Thanks Becca for sharing one of your kids favorite snacks and helping the list grow!

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