It can be super hard to come up with healthy snacks for the kids. Or some days — any snack! It could be grabbing a couple cookies and calling it a day, wishing it was a bit healthier.
But to think up healthy snacks on the fly with crying little ones at your knees while looking into an open cupboard of different foodstuff (that’s not put together) can be tricky. Because there is no way you can store your crackers right beside your cheese. I don’t know about you, but I’ll stand by the cupboard and forgot about the yummy cheese in the fridge that would complement the crackers I’m staring at! (I’ll call it tired and NOT forgetful (insert sarcasm here))
That’s why I love my snack idealist! And you can too! Easy peasy!
With a list, literally written down and someplace close at hand (I taped my list to the inside of my kitchen cupboard door) I can quickly assemble a healthy snack for the kiddos OR (best part) have a quick idea of what to write out on the grocery shopping list!
Open up a Google docs or spreadsheet. (or any docs will do) Starting with what your kids ACTUALLY eat. Brain dump a snack idea list in your docs. Then start the healthy (ish 🙂 ) upgrades!
I wanted a list of healthy, delicious, snack ideas! What makes a snack healthy for my family is pairing up two food groups. We don’t eat enough protein during the day, (or fruit or vegetables …) so snack time is a perfect time to try and sneak in some more protein.
While some of these snack ideas may seem far out – if you or your kids don’t like one of the ideas, try swapping out one food item for another item in the same food group (ie. Don’t like yogurt? Swap it out for a cheese stick!)
While some of these may take some pre-assembling, don’t panic. Some ideas of; prepping snacks for school the night before or prepping your pantry for the necessary ingredients for your snacks – can make the seemly complicated snacks – soooooo much easier.
Another tip would be to purchase some small snacking containers that would hold the different types of food that your kids like. That way they are all ready to go in pre-portioned sizes.
I buy a HUGE Costco bag of goldfishes. When I get home I line up all my small school snack containers, taking my 1/2C measuring cup I scoop out the same amount into each container. (This is awesome for my type 1 diabetic daughter that needs a certain carbohydrates number to match the insulin she is getting. = food needs to be measured)
All the filled goldfishies containers are now pre-measured and ready to grab and go for school. The little containers are stored away in a medium-sized container (a little bigger than an adult shoe box) that is in an easy kitchen cupboard reach for the kids to independently pick out (and make) their snack or school lunches. This helps keep all the little snack containers corralled!
Having a “Snack Idea List” around also helps inspire more healthy and delicious snacks. (especially when your kiddos favorite this week, is the grossest thing next week and they are NEVER eating it again! urgh!!!) There is some space on the printable snack idea list to add your own favorites. (or kids new favorites!)
Happy Snaking Busy Mom!
- Apple and cheese string
- Smoothie made from fruit, milk, yogurt, and ice
- Celery sticks filled with PB
- Kiwi with a handful of nuts
- Whole grain cereal with milk
- Small homemade muffin with cheese
- Cold veggie pizza slice
- 1/2 whole-wheat bagel with tuna or salmon salad
- Whole-grain crackers topped with cheese slices
- Rice cake with PB on top
- Rice pudding
- Fruit cup with cottage cheese cup
- 1/2 whole-wheat pita and humus
- Carrot stick with humus
- Yogurt topped with granola and berries
- Popcorn sprinkled with shredded cheese
- Hard boiled egg and a slice of whole-wheat toast
- Slice of homemade banana bread and milk
- Cold pancake with fruit
- PB on a banana rolled in a small soft tortilla
- Baked egg roll or samosa
- Chocolate milk and an orange
- Pear with Greek yogurt for dipping
- Fruit cup packed in water and handful of nuts
- Bits and Bites (less salt) with a slice of mozzarella cheese
- Applesauce cups (no sugar added) with cheese string
- Gingersnap cookie with a glass of milk
What is one snack you love prepping for your kiddos? Let us know in the comments below!
By: Sharon Schuler
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some snack ideas are taken from Dairy Farmers of Canada