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

  • Kate

    Thanks for this list! I discovered this blog about a week ago and I have immediately started moving away from highly processed foods, and snacks seem to be difficult for me to come up with ideas for. This will also help me with making side dishes for meals as well.

  • It’s funny you should mention frozen peas. When my kids were small, they loved frozen peas, and wouldn’t eat them cooked.

    The same with beans, except the beans were fresh. Raw, not cooked.

  • Chrissy

    Thanks so much. I am excited to add some new ones to our days.

  • pip

    I mean… you said snacks in the title. I assumed you meant snack ideas. Not just naming “grapes” as a snack. Of course it’s a snack. Anything that’s not an entree is a snack. This list is just “stuff to not have as a main course for dinner.”

    • Assistant to 100 Days (Jill)

      Hi Pip. I find that sometimes we forget the simple things so it helps to serve as a reminder. And, of course, whole food snacks often take no preparation since they are things we can find in their natural state, so, while this seems simple, that may well be the reason. Hope you enjoy maybe finding a few things on the list you had not thought of before. Jill

    • Tonia

      Pip,I agree when I saw snacks for kids I was hoping for something a little more interesting. I have to admit that I am really trying hard to convert my family (who believes its not a lunch without potato chips) to a new way of eating. I am getting a lot of resistance and was hoping for some creative and or fun ways to get my son looking forward to his snack and not trying to trade it off to his friends. I like the reader suggestion of a fruit kabob. Any other suggestions on making it look more interesting/appetizing?

      • sara

        Agreed, Tonia and Pip! When I saw all the individually listed fruits on this list I was like, “Seriously?” I used to check this blog frequently but after this post I took a long break. :/

    • Laura J

      I think it is a refreshing reminder that whole foods ARE foods and make great snacks without a lot of effort. Why buy “fruit snacks” when you can just eat fruit? :-)

  • I love this list, especially the figs and goat cheese – that’s my new favorite snack!

  • Beth

    I notice you say it’s 100 days of real food, as in a diet consisting of unprocessed food, but your “whole grain” section, with the exception of perhaps the oatmeal (if it’s made from whole oats) and maybe the popcorn (if it’s made from corn and oil in a pot yourself), but otherwise, is ALL PROCESSED food and the grain category is the most notorious for us not making it ourselves from real whole food ingredients at home! Supposed “whole grain” products bought pre-made and packaged in the store, ARE NOT real, whole foods! Otherwise I like the concept and a lot of the ideas. It’s important to me for people to realize that in order to have a real, whole food diet, ALL the food must be made ourselves, in other words “processed” ourselves at home. No pre-made noodles or pasta, even if labeled “whole grain” and no crackers, pretzels, cereals and cakes! Grains, until about 100 years ago, were sprouted and fermented before we ate them and modern commercial grain products are not, so many people have problems digesting them and we call it gluten intolerance. For some, it’s chronic and severe.

    • Kristy

      I noticed that as well and was a bit confused, but it’s a start for some to just avoid white flours, so all hope is not lost. No one is perfect and in our society it is almost unrealistic to expect everyone to make everything, so compromises are made.

    • pip

      If “whole” or “raw” food was meant, I’m sure it would have been said. You’re putting words in the mouths. What I’m sure is meant by “real food” is avoiding fast food and the other *heavily* processed garbage. I gather this site is about things that you can make at home, for cheap, with the ability to read the box and know what is going through your food hole.

    • pip

      Also, gluten intolerance and celiac disease is a mostly misunderstood disorder that only a very, very, small percentage of the population have. Due to it being commonly misdiagnosed due to “whole foodies” not knowing the difference, it gained popularity and became a fad. Though the placebo effect does help many that believe they are suffering from everyday ailments of a modern lifestyle, there are very few that actually have celiac (the wheat/barley/rye) or are gluten intolerant (the above, including corn/rice/sorghum). Consuming gluten from “sprouted and fermented” sources does not change the proteins for the intolerant few.

    • Jenifer

      Beth… have you actually read any on her site. I suggest you look at her rules on how she defines “real” food. Her list works for her rules. :shrug:

    • Lisa

      When it comes to packaged food we define “real food” as having 5 or less whole ingredients. A whole ingredient can be something like 100% whole-wheat. Here are the full list of rules: http://www.100daysofrealfood.com/real-food-defined-a-k-a-the-rules/

  • Robin

    I have a friend who likes to dip his carrots in peanut butter. It is his “take to work” snack. Take the whole jar, take whole bag of carrots, toss in refrigerator.

    I like to take an avocado, slice in half, take half that doesn’t contain pit, add salt and pepper. Fill cavity where pit was with apple cider vinegar, eat out of shell with spoon. The simplest and best tasting way to eat an avocado IMO.

  • Jocelyn

    I like to make “yogurt cheese” as a snack. I take homemade yogurt (you could use store-bought plain yogurt too) and strain it to make it thicker (i.e. Greek yogurt). I strain mine by putting a couple of coffee filters in a strainer over a bowl, pouring in the yogurt, covering it, and sticking it in the fridge over night. You could also use cheesecloth. When the yogurt is a little thicker, I chop up some of whatever fresh herbs I have on hand. This summer, it’s been lots of basil and dill. Add a pinch of salt if desired. This is a great dip for veggies or whole grain crackers or pita. I love having it in my lunch with some hummus and fruit.

    I also love to make homemade black bean dip. Very easy, very tasty.

  • Per usual, all looks great. Thanks for sharing. I love this site. I first heard about from a cook chick who follows my blog and it’s been AWESOME having you as a resource and inspiration. So pumped to pack my first lunches this year for school with your “help!”

  • Martsi

    What are your thoughts on protein shakes for adults and children

    • Assistant to 100 Days (Jill)

      Hi Martsi. I’ve never had them personally, so I can’t comment. I would just be certain to check the ingredients very closely. Jill

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