Are you looking for Easy & Healthy Kid Snacks? If you find yourself rolling your eyes at the Pinterest moms who seem to have talents for making these elaborate snacks and lunches so much so that you are pretty sure they must be aliens, well then this post is for you!
Healthy Kid Snacks
I get most of these from Trader Joe’s (TJ’s). Not everything in the store is healthy but I have found some cheap, and healthy options that the kiddos really love!
- Yogurt – I buy the go yogurt style from TJ’s.
- Nuts – Peanuts are the cheapest “nut” usually (not the healthiest). Walnuts, pecans, cashews, and more!
- Peanut butter or use non-nut butters like sunflower butter.
- Fresh fruit – my kids will wash it off and dig in all on their own. apples, oranges, pears, tomatoes, cherries, berries, plums.
- Seeds – Sunflower seeds are pretty inexpensive. Just make sure to limit the amount because if you have too much you can get the runs.
- Dried fruits are a good cheap and healthy option. Banana chips, apricots, raisins, and more.
- Fruit Rolls – TJ’s has some organic ones! (or you can make them yourself!)
- Raw vegetables– If your kids will eat raw veggies, you could let them get a piece of celery, carrots, cucumbers, pickles, broccoli
- Fermented vegetables – Ferments provide probiotics. Check out my carrots, pickles, sauerkraut, and kimchi, cherry tomatoes, bell peppers
- Pickled vegetables – These are pickled in a vinegar and salt brine. Fermented veggies don’t have the vinegar. Common food items such as pickles, carrots, celery, bell pepper, etc…
- Cheese – Just not the American kind…cheese cubes or cheese sticks makes it easy to grab for little or BIG hands. Or buy a block of cheese and slice it up for them.
- Green and/or black olives – If they are in a jar in the fridge the kids should be able to grab them all by themselves
- Applesauce – or Pear Sauce (I make my own)
- Hummus & tortilla chips
- Cheese and meat quesadillas – I like to add basil, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Sometimes I pop in some veggies too.
- Chocolate granola bars – These take a little more effort, but they are oh so good!
- Gluten-free cheese crackers – These take a little more work too, and even though they are gluten-free, everyone will LOVE them!
- Frozen fruit or smoothies – One of my sons loves eating frozen fruit. I know it’s a little strange, but oh so good on a hot day!
- Fresh juice – Juicing takes some effort and may leave you with a mess. However, it’s packed full of vitamins and minerals. Although it might not fill a kid up, you can add a little treat on the side like cheese and crackers.
- Eggs – Eggs make a great little quick snack to help tide a kid over until the next meal. Scrambled, fried, etc…
- Smorgasbord – Offer a plate of cheese, meat, veggies, olives, pickles, etc…
I hope this gives you busy mommies some ideas! Slowly stop buying chips and crap. Sure you will miss them, but eventually, you’ll get used to not having to buy them. Plus they can be expensive.
None of us, I am sure will miss the draining of our wallets or our health!
The Better You Eat the Better You Feel.
Determine what’s healthy for your family and make baby steps to getting to a healthier way of eating. Don’t feel pressured to change all at once.
Try dropping one unhealthy ingredient off of your grocery list every time you go shopping for groceries.
If you do not have chips available, it’s much harder for you to grab them and eat the whole bag in one sitting (I’m totally guilty of this!).
Also, remember cheating or as I like to say rewarding, is the best part along with feeling well! I love a good cheat meal. Every once in a while, we all do it right?
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