As moms, we are always looking for ‘fast food’ options for our kids as life tends to be a bit crazy. Here are 10 quick, healthy snacks that will keep your kids excited about eating!
Protein + Healthy Fats
These healthy snacks are great for school lunches or after school snacks when you need to grab some food and go. Making sure you pack protein and healthy fats in your kids snack is helpful because it keeps their energy and blood sugar stable. Although we try our best to avoid plastic when we can, using plastic to-go cups is helpful for busy moms. Your kids can take them and you don’t have to worry about the clean up. You can also involve your kids in preparing these snacks.
WARNING! You’re kids may eat these up before they make it into the fridge!
Apples + Festive Peanut Butter
Apples are in season, so this make ahead treat is a great self serve healthy snack. Our kids devour festive peanut butter with apples. Toss the apples in lemon juice or cinnamon to help prevent browning. We like cinnamon because it’s a spice that offers health benefits. For the festive peanut butter, add cinnamon and organic maple syrup to organic peanut butter, or any nut butter, and blend well. Pull out apples and peanut butter and dip away for an easy, healthy snack.
“An apple a day keeps the doctor away” is an old proverb that makes a lot of sense because apples contain over 10,000 phytonutrients! No vitamin will give you that same whole food nutrition. When I was younger I loved Red Delicious apples. Somewhere along the way I became a Gala apple girl, and therefore my kids love Gala apples. Our boys also go for green apples, but for some reason my daughters don’t care for the tart taste.
Grapes + Cheese
Our kids prefer green grapes over red. I tend to reach for organic grapes since they are on the dirty dozen list. You may want to quarter them if your kids are young to prevent choking. Organic Valley Mozzarella and Organic Havarti cheese are kid favorites. If you are dairy-free, you can find many options at Heinen’s. Follow Your Heart, Kite Hill, and Daiya Monterey Jack are some of our dairy-free favorites. While I stick to about a 99% dairy-free diet, my kids are not completely dairy-free.
Crazy Monkey Baking Granola + Banana
Crazy Monkey Baking Pumpkin Seed and Spice granola is a great festive fall healthy snack. Pair it with a banana you have a yummy treat! The dark chocolate and peanut butter flavor is a huge hit around here. This is also a local company, and you probably know by now that I love to support local.
Hummus + Veggies
This will always go down as one of our kids’ favorite snacks. Hummus has a small amount of protein and also contains healthy fats that are especially good for our growing bodies. Hummus is truly a kid friendly food, just be sure to introduce it while they are little. If they are tired of veggies with hummus, try crackers. Sesmark Mini Rice Crackers are fun because they are bite sized crackers. We also love Simple Mills Almond Flour Crackers.
Guacomole + Multi-Grain Tortilla Chips
Yum! Guacamole never gets old around here. Buy the pre-packaged guacamole to save yourself some time. We also like the Food Should Taste Good Multigrain Tortilla Chips. It’s a simple and healthy snack that’s ready in no time.
Whole Milk Kefir
Kefir is another staple I try to add into our kids’ diet. It’s a healthy drink that is so beneficial for their gut microbiome! It contains tons of healthy bacteria. Most of our immune system is in our gut, so we want to balance our good and bad bacteria.
Boiled Eggs + Carrots
Make a dozen boiled eggs in the beginning of the week. I can’t tell you how many times a hard boiled egg saves me when i’m on the go! Add a little sea salt and pepper, and viola! Only one of our kids cares for boiled eggs. I guess you can’t win all of them, but it makes for a healthy snack to tide you over. It’s funny how all of our kids have such different taste buds!
Popcorn + Dark Chocolate
Dark chocolate is a health food! It’s a great staple to keep in your kid’s diets, and yours as well, since it’s loaded with antioxidants. We prefer Enjoy Life Dark Chocolate. An added bonus is that this brand is a good source of iron. Mix some dark chocolate chips with your favorite popcorn (we like LesserEvil Organic Popcorn) and you have a satisfying sweet and salty snack!
Homemade Trail Mix
This can be anything you have in the pantry! I usually throw sunflower seeds, cashews, dark chocolate, and pumpkin seeds together. Raisins, dried fruit and almonds are good options as well.
Keep your kids fueled with these simple and healthy snacks. Don’t worry, they’re great for you too moms! They’ll give you the energy you need to be supermom all day long!