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

    Whole-Grain…

  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

    Other…

  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

    Homemade…

  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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  • Comments

    1. Tara |

      I am thankful for the idea, but his list would be more helpful in a printable format.

      • Julia |

        I couldn’t agree more! Love it, but the printed page is distracting….two pages…etc. Thank you for compiling this list! If you have a printable, would be awesome!

    2. Teresa |

      Do you have any recommendations for whole wheat pretzels? Particular brands and/or stores that carry them? I can’t find them anywhere. I thought I heard Trader Joe’s had them, but I went to one and they didn’t. THanks

      • Amy Taylor (comment moderator) |

        Hi there. Unique is a brand that has 100% whole grain sprouted pretzels. If you can’t find them at a store, you can order them online.

    3. |

      I love soaking dried chick peas in lukewarm water for 24 hours. They have just begun to “bud” by this stage. Drain and put in a glass jar in the fridge and use as required. When you take them out of the fridge to use, leave the lid off for a while and allow the jar to warm to room temperature before returning to the fridge. It will allow the chick peas to continue shooting.
      Delicious and nutritious.

    4. |

      I love any snacks that I can easily put into baggies and stick in the pantry so my 4-year-old can get them himself. He loves the independence it gives him, and so do I! Plus it makes it easy to add hummus or nut butter or something more nutrient-dense to go along with crackers and such. But there’s a lot of good reasons to have pre-made snacks for kids, besides just independence and convenience. I just blogged about my top 7 reasons. http://bit.ly/1ISmmdL Did I miss any?

    5. Alana |

      Love this and a lot of the other helpful lists and things you put together! Would please consider putting together a ‘printable’ that removes all of the photos, etc and concisely gets all the info onto 1 page (if possible). Would be much appreciated!

    6. Sarah |

      My kids like red, yellow and orange peppers to snack on

    7. 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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