85 Snack Ideas for Kids (and Adults)!

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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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368 comments to 85 Snack Ideas for Kids (and Adults)!

  • This is a really great list!!! Thank you for putting it together. My kids love to snack on edamame and dried seaweed too.

  • Wow, awesome list! Makes me hungry for some real food just reading it! ;)

  • Aileen

    Do you recommend unsalted nuts or are salted ok?

    Btw- i love your site and all the great ideas you have! It’s really inspiring.

    • Save the planet

      Personally, I generally prefer unsalted, raw nuts. Overall those tend to be better for you anyway. However, I do love my sunflower seeds roasted and salted. You should try raw asnd unsalted varietyies, eat the ones you like and go for the salted ones for the others.

      • Robin

        I like raw unsalted walnuts, but for most others, I prefer them roasted and salted. Unless I’m shelling them myself of course. I also like to take raw unsalted Almonds, marinate them in Tamari sauce and them roast them myself.

        • Jocelyn

          Trader Joe’s has some good half-salted roasted almonds that I like. A little taste of salty, but not nearly as overkill as many other brands of salted, roasted nuts. You can actually taste and enjoy the flavor of almond.

      • Erin CF

        I sometimes mix salted nuts with an unsalted one (ie. I really like roasted almond, but cashews I am fine with raw so I’ll mix the two so the saltiness gets spread between the two)

    • Assistant to 100 Days (Jill)

      I usually eat them raw, but, it’s really your preference. Some people say they mix the raw with some salted for just a little bit of salt. Glad you are enjoying the blog. Jill

  • Janell

    Excellent list!!!! Printing this out, you just made grocery shopping a little easier! ;) end also love home made granola and fruit nut bars homemade! So yummy!!

  • Mmm! Yummy! Great list. I’m gonna print out for next time the kids ask me “what is there to eat?”

  • lori b.

    Love the list! We forget that just single items can be food and we don’t always have to make up a full recipe. :)

  • Sharee

    Amazing list!!!

    My kids *love* grated cheese… fruit kabobs…graham creams with cream cheese… homemade fruit puree popsicles… :)

  • Jennifer

    What about pickles? Are there certain brands better than others?

    • Charlee

      I have friends who make pickles at home!

      • Kristin

        Yes, homemade pickles are the best! I have a refrigerator recipe that cures in 2 days and lasts for 2 weeks (cucumbers, fresh dill, vinegar, garlic and water). Since, I make them myself, I can control the level of salt. We make them in summer when cucumbers and dill are available at the farmer’s market. My daughter knows not to ask for pickles out of season :)

    • Kristy

      homemade fermented pickles are really the best for you. They have live cultures in them. Hooray for probiotics. There’s also a fermenting group on Facebook that I’m a part of where you can find recipes and tips. They’re so easy to make, no vinegar needed. :)

      This one is for sharing cultures: https://www.facebook.com/groups/290350194354532/

      and this one is strictly on fermenation: https://www.facebook.com/groups/63032745368/

    • Assistant to 100 Days (Jill)

      Hi Jennifer. I know one reader suggested making them. I usually just buy the Earthfare organic brand, but, I’m sure making them might yield ones with less salt. Jill

  • Chuck

    Beware of products that just say “Whole grains” That is often a ruse. The ingredients should list each item as ‘whole’ or the label should say “100%”

  • Francine

    Thinly sliced kohlrabi marinated in olive oil, rice wine vinegar, salt and pepper. Satisfies the salty/crunchy cravings.

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