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30 Healthy Snacks for Kids

Snack time doesn't have to be full of unhealthy, pre-packaged junk foods. Try one of these healthy snacks for kids!

Published October 14, 2021

by Catherine Lessman

Early Child Development Specialist

Growing children tend to get hungry between meals. Some kids are known as perpetual snackers and snack all day long. Snack time is a perfect opportunity to sneak some extra nutrients into your child’s diet. Serving them more whole foods will help keep their bellies fuller longer and help them grow healthier. As parents, we tend to get in a rut by grabbing the same snacks every time we go to the store, most of which are prepackaged and not the healthiest. So, if you’re looking for healthy snacks for kids, we’ve got you covered!

30 Healthy Snacks for Kids They’ll Love

Here is a list of 30 healthy snacks for kids that will help spice up your snack game with your child and give you more nutritious options for the pantry and fridge!

1. Apples and Dip

Sliced red apple with crunchy peanut butter spread on top. Served on a white plate with a pale background.

Pairing fruit with a dip makes it so much more exciting to eat. Apples and nut butter are such a delicious combination. You could even try apples in yogurt.

2. Granola Bars

Close up of Granola Bar

Try finding granola bars high in protein and not too many chocolate chips, like this Perfect Kids Bar! They are a simple way to fill their bellies and can be very convenient. Or you can try making some of your own granola bars!

3. Hummus

Hummus with carrot sticks.

This family favorite dip pairs with crackers, veggies, and even whole wheat pita. Start with original flavors and then maybe venture to a new flavor to expand their taste buds!

4. Veggie Tray

A fresh tray of colourful vegetables with dip.

Those party veggie trays do not always have to be for a party. Presenting veggies in different ways and on a platter might be just the ticket for your little one to try a healthy, crunchy snack.

5. Turkey and Avocado Roll-Ups

Turkey wraps with avocado, tomatoes and iceberg lettuce on chopping board. Tortilla, burritos, sandwiches, twisted rolls

Who doesn’t love a rolled-up snack? Just slap a slice of turkey and a slice of avocado in a tortilla and roll it up! These protein-packed rolls will help carry your child over until mealtime, making them great healthy snacks.

6. Raisins

Raisins in a wooden spoon

If your child is old enough to eat these true snack favorites, add them to your list. Their sweetness is a treat without the sugar effects of candy!

7. Banana Bread (or Muffins)

Sliced banana bread on a platter.

If this is not a staple in your house, it should be. The variations of this are endless. Serving fresh banana bread as a warm snack in between meals is such a treat and a great healthy snack for kids.

8. Hard-Boiled Eggs

Hard-boiled eggs

These are so simple to make ahead of time for the week, allowing you to grab and go when you need them.

9. Smoothies

Young woman pouring Strawberry smoothie from blender

Smoothies are the perfect vessel to get your kids eating vegetables without them knowing. Make it fruit, veggie, or protein-packed; this snack will keep their bellies full and satisfied. Check out our recipes for green smoothies.

10. Cheese and Crackers

A party tray of cheese and crackers and turkey wraps in the background

You can elevate this healthy snack for kids by making a small charcuterie board. Choose whole wheat or gluten-free crackers to keep it as healthy as possible.

11. Oatmeal

Porridge Bowl With Fresh Summer Berries In Bowl.

We tend to put this in the breakfast category, but it doesn’t always have to stay there! Add different toppings to make it interesting. This warm, healthy snack is so filling.

12. Cottage Cheese

Cottage Cheese with Fresh Strawberries and Blueberries, Orange Juice, Milk and Whole Wheat Toast

It is a great healthy snack choice for kids, especially for infants still working on their chewing skills. Another great way to add protein throughout the day. Try adding a fresh fruit topping, like strawberries, pineapple, or peaches.

13. Trail Mix

Studio photo of popular "trail mix" snack on new steel countertop.

Having a mix of healthy snacks is always fun for kids. Make it personalized by having them “make their own” trail mix. Set out all the snacks and have them create their own versions. Some staples to include are mixed nuts, raisins, dried fruit bits, or granola.

14. Celery with Nut Butter and Raisins

Homemade Ants on a Log Snack with Celery Peanut Butter and Raisins

Some may know this snack as “Ants on a Log.” This old-school healthy snack favorite is sure to be a hit with kids.

15. Yogurt

Yogurt and fruits

It seems simple, and it is. But this healthy snack is packed with protein and endless flavor combinations. Greek yogurt tends to have more protein and less sugar and is deliciously creamy!

16. Applesauce

A bowl of applesauce sprinkled with cinnamon viewed from above with a spoon, cinnamon sticks, and fabric napkin

We may be used to pouches of this by now, but do not forget this traditional favorite when it comes to snack time.

17. Fruit and Dip

fruits and yogurt dip

Like the veggie tray suggested above, this idea of fruit and a sweet dip will get your little ones wanting more. You can make the dip simply using plain Greek yogurt and some honey.

18. Guacamole

A high angle close up of creamy guacamole in a Mexican molcajete and crunchy corn chips.

Even though it’s green, it can be quite a hit with kids. To make this snack healthier for kids, skip the chips and opt for carrot chips or pepper strips.

19. Healthy Banana Split

Healthy banana split with yogurt, fresh berries and granola, overhead scene on marble

Cut a banana in half and top with a dollop of vanilla yogurt. Sprinkle with raisins, granola, and chia seeds. For an added yum factor, drizzle some warmed-up nut butter on top!

20. Mini Bagel with Cream Cheese

New York Style Bagels with Cream Cheese

Make a mini version of a go-to breakfast item to keep them at bay until dinner is ready.

21. Snap Pea Crisps

Healthy Organic Snap Pea Chips Lightly Salted

New to the food aisle, this tasty, healthy snack will satisfy kids’ salty and crunchy needs. Maybe pair it with a piece of string cheese or a small apple for a well-rounded snack!

22. Mini-Sandwich

Womans hand cutting a peanut butter and Jelly sandwich on a rustic wooden cutting board.

We do not want to spoil their meals, but making a half or quarter sandwich is a great healthy go-to option for snack time.

23. No-Bake Energy Balls

Peanut Butter and Oatmeal Energy Balls with Mini Chocolate Chips Sweetened with Honey

You can make these protein-packed small bites ahead of time and store them for a quick, healthy snack. These are filled with healthy ingredients like peanut butter, oats, honey, and a handful of dark chocolate chips.

24. Pretzels and Honey Mustard

pretzels and dipping cheese on wood cutting board overhead

Taking an ordinary pretzel and adding a honey mustard dipping sauce creates a new spin on a traditional snack!

25. Egg Bites

An overhead close up horizontal photograph of a baking pan with freshly made egg bites, it appears the chef has already sampled one of them.

Make mini egg bites in a muffin tin. Add veggies and cheese, or keep them plain. These mini “quiches” will keep them wanting more.

26. Sliced Apple Sandwich

Slices of apples with peanut butter

Core an apple and cut it into round slices. Slather one slice with a nut butter of your choice. Sprinkle on some granola and top with a second apple slice. Voila! Apple sandwich!

27. Mini Muffins

Marvelous Blueberry Fresh Muffins

Make your favorite healthy muffin recipe or bread, but use a mini muffin tin. These will make the perfect bite-size healthy snacks for kids.

28. Fruit Leathers

Natural and healthy snack food - fruit pastille from strawberries on a white marble background.

A much healthier version of a fruit roll-up, this new fun, healthy snack will surely be a crowd-pleaser. It also serves up their daily dose of fruit.

29. Popcorn

A wooden bowl of salted popcorn at the old wooden table.

It’s always a hit with kids; this snack makes any day better. Add a few more ingredients, like pretzels and raisins, to make a fun snack mix!

30. Pizza Toast

homemade pizza toast freshly baked

Spread some ready-made pizza sauce on a slice of bread. Top it with shredded mozzarella and a few pepperoni slices. Pop it in the oven for a minute or two, and you have a fun snack!

Snack time doesn’t need to be boring or unhealthy when you have options like these! Try some of these healthy snacks for kids and let us know which ones are a hit for your kiddos!

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