It’s that time again….time to head back to school. This also means it’s time for lunchboxes and hungry kids when they get home! So I wanted to share some “kid friendly” after school snack ideas. Most of these could be used in lunches too though. If an idea contains peanut butter it could be swapped for almond on sun butter.
You may be asking, Gretchen, How can you get them to eat healthy snacks?!
With kids it is a great idea to get them involved!
Give them 2 options when picking snacks so they feel a part of it.
Have them help in the kitchen. Kids love to pour things in a bowl or if old enough help chop or cook.
Let them push the button on the blender.
Have them help grow veggies.
Take them to the grocery store and allow them to take part in shopping.
Healthy Kid Friendly Snack Ideas
Air- popped popcorn- Skinny pop, Boom Chickapop are great prepopped brands!
Larabar- Great, simple whole food ingredients. They also make smaller sizes, great for kids.
Smoothies- Frozen bananas, strawberries, plain Greek yogurt, and even some spinach. (This is the homemade variety. I’d skip the pre-made ones in the refrigerator section though.)
Smoothie popsicles- Freeze smoothies in popsicle molds
Snack platter- Let them choose from hummus, cucumber, carrots, grapes, olives, cheese, Greek yogurt, whole grain crackers etc.
Home made ‘trail mix’- Whole grain cereal (less than 6g of sugar per serving), raisins, nuts, etc.
Banana or apple and peanut butter (or other nut butter)
Freeze dried fruit- my son thinks it’s a treat! Just make sure the only ingredient is the fruit.
Ants on a log- Celery, nut butter and raisins
Greek yogurt, berries & walnuts
Whole grain pita bread, Apple Gate Farms Sliced Turkey (nitrate/nitrite free)
An apple and a cheese stick
Protein bites- My little guy loves these too! Here are two recipes I have-
I hope you find these helpful!
~Gretchen Riddle, CHES, CHWC, Pn1
Certified Nutrition & Wellness Coach