Our 10 favorite healthy kid snacks!
Many of the snacks items for kids on the shelves of our grocery stores today are filled with sugar, trans fats, and artificial ingredients. Take a look at the nutritional labels of some of your go-to kid snacks for words like, high fructose corn syrup or artificial. My guess is you will find that some of your favorites are unsuspecting culprits.
It’s no wonder that childhood obesity and diabetes are on the rise, or that this is the first generation of children predicted to not outlive their parents. The majority of the space at grocery stores are devoted to processed food items filled with these ingredients. We’ll we’ve handcrafted a list of guilt free kid friendly snacks and some new fun recipes for you try.
Cheese – cheese is a great protein filled snack for kids assuming your child isn’t lactose intolerant. You can make it fun too! I’ve been known to make a cheese family starting with a baby piece and ending with a mom and dad piece, each a little bigger. Huge hit! Here’s a cute idea for cheese kabobs.
Veggies – OK so we realize this may not be the favorite snack option for your kiddies but there are many ways to make it fun. Try crunchy carrots, cucumbers, or something new like jicama, which is easy and doesn’t taste like a veggie! With something to dip veggies in you will have even more success! Try these cute ants on a log options.
Hummus – Kids love to dip and hummus is the perfect protein filled option. Slice a couple of your kids’ favorite crunchy veggies or whole wheat pita and dip away!
Fruit – Easy, healthy, and usually the least likely to warrant a fight. Strawberries and blueberries are my favorite. They are best bought organic, but if that’s not an option go for seasonal and local. Check out this recipe for strawberry peanut butter crepes for a great way to mix things up!
Avocados – I can’t say enough about this amazing super food! Filled with healthy fats, fiber and nutrients, like potassium and B Vitamins. They are a great snack just on their own or you can make and easy guacamoles like this recipes here for another great kid dip!
Eggs – Eggs are nutrient rich and great source of quality protein for kids. Plus there are so many great ways to serve them up: keep hardboiled eggs in the refrigerator for up to 7 days, scramble eggs with a little cheese (even sneak in a veggie) and put them in a whole wheat tortilla; or try this recipe for fun a toast dipping soft boiled egg. Did you know that teachers report kids who eat a protein rich egg breakfast do better in school…read here.
It would be nice if we could whip eggs and avocado’s out of our purses wherever we went but let’s be honest and realistic…we need snacks on the go.
Yo Drops – Imagine healthy yogurt meets CANDY! These are fun portable snack your kids will love. Yo Dropsare organic and made with hormone free milk and no artificial flavorings. Best part is they only have 3 grams of sugar per pouch. Guilt free…HURAAY!
Trader Joe’s Freeze Dried Strawberries– They are a perfect snack for on the run and the only ingredient is freeze dried strawberries! They are tangy sweet and kids love them. They also offer blueberries and pineapple too!
Veggie Chips – We know not every kid loves veggies, but most love chips. Veggie chips are the perfect antidote. There are a couple of good store bought options like. But making your own is easier than you think and can be a great healthy option for kids while still making them feel like they are snacking on chips! Check out these easy recipes for kale, sweet potato and beet chips.
Jammy Sammy’s – Another great travel friendly snack from Revolutionary Foods. They are snack size sandwiches that come in Peanut Butter Strawberry, Oatmeal Blueberry and a couple other choices. What we love, whole grains, organic fruit, and no artificial ingredients. Another guilt free winner!