85 Snack Ideas for Kids (and Adults)!

If you’re in a rut here are some snack ideas for inspiration. Please leave any additional suggestions in the comments below…

Fruits and Vegetables…

  1. Apple (good with peanut butter)
  2. Banana (good with peanut butter)
  3. Carrots (good with hummus or ranch dip)
  4. Celery (good with peanut butter and raisins a.k.a. “Ants on a Log”)
  5. Mango
  6. Pear
  7. Grapes
  8. Strawberries (good with yogurt)
  9. Blueberries (good with yogurt)
  10. Raspberries (good with yogurt)
  11. Oranges
  12. Peaches (good with yogurt)
  13. Plums
  14. Kiwi
  15. Grapefruit
  16. Avocado (good with soy sauce and brown rice)
  17. Pineapple
  18. Papaya
  19. Star Fruit
  20. Figs (good with goat cheese)
  21. Honeydew Melon
  22. Cantaloupe
  23. Watermelon
  24. Cherries
  25. Edamame (good with soy sauce)
  26. Raw Sugar Snap Peas (good with hummus)
  27. Cooked Green Beans
  28. Mashed Sweet Potato (good with butter and cinnamon)
  29. Raw Sliced Bell Peppers (good with hummus or ranch dip)
  30. Cucumber Slices (good with ranch dip)
  31. Jicama
  32. Cherry Tomatoes (good with ranch dip)
  33. Cooked Snow Peas
  34. Frozen Peas (frozen…no cooking necessary!)
  35. Raw Cauliflower
  36. Raw Broccoli (good with ranch dip)
  37. Applesauce
  38. Unsweetened Raisins
  39. Fruit Leathers
  40. Freeze Dried Fruit (like mango, banana, blueberries or strawberries)
  41. Dried Apple Rings
  42. Canned Fruit like Mandarin Oranges (Native Forest brand does not use sugary syrups in their cans)
  43. Olives


  44. Whole Grain Crackers (like Triscuits, Multi-Seed, Ak-Mak, Whole-Wheat Matzos, Brown Rice Crackers/Snaps, Whole-Grain Rye Crackers topped with cheese, peanut butter, or a cream cheese and jelly combo)
  45. Popcorn (make it using “The Popcorn Trick”)
  46. Oatmeal (served warm in a Thermos if sending to school)
  47. Shredded Wheat (look for brands that contain 1-ingredients)
  48. Arrowhead Mills Puffed Whole Grain Cereal (corn, brown rice, wheat or millet variety)
  49. Brown Rice Cakes
  50. Whole-Wheat Pretzels
  51. Whole-Grain Toast
  52. Small, Cooked Whole-Grain Noodles

    Nuts and Seeds…

  53. Larabars
  54. Peanuts
  55. Cashews
  56. Almonds
  57. Pecans
  58. Walnuts
  59. Pine Nuts (they are good lightly toasted)
  60. Pistachios
  61. Sesame Seeds
  62. Pumpkin Seeds
  63. Nut Trail Mix including Dried Fruit


  64. Hard-Boiled Eggs
  65. Garbanzo Beans
  66. Cheese (cubes or sticks…with or without crackers)
  67. Plain Yogurt (flavored with a little honey or maple syrup and vanilla extract)
  68. Organic and/or Local Bacon


  69. Homemade Granola Bars
  70. Homemade “Larabars”
  71. Whole-Wheat Toaster Pastries (a.k.a. Pop Tarts!)
  72. Smoothies or Smoothie Pops
  73. Whole-Wheat Banana Bread
  74. Zucchini Chips
  75. Whole-Wheat Zucchini Bread (made into muffins)
  76. Whole-Wheat Pumpkin Bread (made into muffins)
  77. Whole-Grain Cornbread (made into muffins)
  78. Whole-Wheat Berry Muffins
  79. Pecan Maple Breakfast Cookies
  80. Easy Cheesy Crackers
  81. Kale Chips
  82. Homemade Powerballs
  83. Whole-Wheat Biscuits (good with butter and jelly) or Buttermilk Cheese Biscuits
  84. Cinnamon Glazed Popcorn
  85. Whole-Wheat “Baked” Donuts

For even more homemade snack ideas be sure to check out the “Healthy Snacks To Go” e-book from Kitchen Stewardship!



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  1. Amy Taylor (comment moderator) |

    Hi Mary. The ranch dip you mentioned is a link to Lisa’s own recipe that has 0 bad for you ingredients. Just click on “ranch dip” in the above post to take you there. The peanut butter we choose is organic with only peanuts and maybe a bit of salt on the ingredient list. ~Amy

  2. Mary |

    Good to know, thank you.

  3. Mary |

    Picked up some Ak-Mak crackers yesterday at Trader Joe’s. YUM!! For lunch I put a thin slice of sharp cheddar cheese on the cracker and topped it with tuna. :) Two other things I found at Trader Joe’s intrigued me. Giant Peruvian Inca Corn. The ingredients are Corn, Palm Oil, and Salt. The other was Butter Almond thins. These probably are not a great idea to eat because they have sugar in them but the first ingredient is wheat flour then sugar, butter (milk), almonds, salt, and sodium bicarbonate (probably should look up what that REALLY is). Also bought Smucker’s Organic Peanut Butter at Target. The consistency is definitely different than regular peanut butter but the taste is good. We are having the spaghetti and meatballs for dinner tonight. In the recipe it calls for “red sauce.” What is red sauce?

    • Amy Taylor (comment moderator) |

      Hi Mary. It refers to tomato sauce. ;)

      • Mary |

        Oh :) I’ve just always referred to it as spaghetti sauce, not red sauce. Thank for enlightening me :)

  4. Julie |

    Such a silly question, but where do I find portion sizes for the above snack ideas? My HS daughter and I are trying to pack healthy, filling snack & lunches. For example, how many nuts? I could easily finish off 2 cups in a day. Wouldn’t do my GI system a lot of good. Thanks so much!

  5. Stephanie |

    where can I get my hands on the school lunches e-book?

    • Amy Taylor (comment moderator) |

      Hi Stephanie. It is not currently available. Sorry about that.

  6. Mary |

    In the Nuts and Seeds category I don’t see soynuts. They are so good to snack on! Are they not as healthy as other nuts?

    • Amy Taylor (comment moderator) |

      Hi Mary. Whole organic soy is fine. :)

  7. madgirl |

    cool beans

  8. Tina |

    I found it helpful for people like me who get into a rut. It reminds me to explore beyond apples, grapes, berries, and citrus (despite the kid’s preferences). Sounds like you are already there, good for you! Please keep in mind others need the help.

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