How To: Pack Healthy Snacks Your Kids Will Eat

Healthy Snacks Kids Like

As my husband and I struggle to pack lunches and snacks for our kids’ camp lunches, I find myself wandering the grocery store aisles searching for healthy choices that my kids will actually eat.  While waiting at the hospital for my mammogram (annual check up), I saw a great article on this topic on  WebMD magazine (who knew they had a magazine?!).  So I searched their website further and found some helpful suggestions.

Do you have some healthy snack suggestions or combos that your kids like?  Please share!

Healthy and kid-friendly snack ideas from WebMD include:

  • String cheese
  • Whole wheat crackers and peanut butter
  • Air-popped or low-fat microwave popcorn
  • Frozen juice bars made with 100% real fruit
  • Fruit and dried fruit
  • Baby carrots with hummus or bean dip
  • Low-fat yogurt with fresh fruit

I failed to locate their excellent print article so I am just listing their suggestions:

Kashi TLC Oatmeal Raisin Flax Cookies or Kashi Oatmeal Dark Chocolate

Health Valley Organic Whole Wheat Crackers

Quaker Simple Harvest Chewy Multigrain Granola Bars, Dark Chocolate Chunk

Freschetta 4-Cheese Naturally Rising Pizza

These are snack suggestions that my kids will eat:

  • Apple slices with peanut butter and a few chocolate chips
  • Mild salsa with tortilla chips
  • Left over pancakes (or frozen and toasted)  spread with Nutella
  • Frozen yogurt tubes (or unfrozen).  They like Cherry Stonyfield Farms
  • Brown rice marshmallow treats (if you make them yourself, I sneak in ground flax seed.  Also Trader Joe’s sells them individually packaged)
  • Chicken sausage
  • Edemame (soy beans, boiled and then served with a sprinkle of salt.  At Trader Joes.  I was surprised by how popular this was as preschool — coop, parents bring the class snack)
  • Fruit smoothies
  • Home made applesauce (take all your leftover apples that are soft, peel, squeeze juice of one lemon, a handful of sugar and cook on low heat for about 15 minutes.  Left-overs freeze well.)
  • Homemade chicken noodle soup
  • Beef jerky (great for storing in the car)
  • Freeze dried fruit (I had blogged on Funky Monkey but there are other companies)
  • Cheese and crackers (my middle loves Epoise but cheddar or string cheese is popular)
  • Brown rice cakes with peanut butter (Lundbergs from Whole Foods are great)
  • Brown rice crackers (at Whole Foods, an Asian snack)
  • Smoothie Pops (freeze fruit/yogurt smoothies into popsicle molds)
  • Hard boiled eggs with salt or soy sauce
  • Cereal (oatmeal or Cheerios) with milk
  • Cucumber slices with salt.  My kids especially like baby Persian cucumbers or English cucumbers (the kind in plastic)
  • Baby carrots or a big carrot, peeled
  • Whole wheat Matzo with a the barest layer of butter and salt

Here are some ideas from Jessica Seinfield’s Deceptively Delicious Cookbook:

  • Lowfat cheddar cheese crackers
  • Cucumber slices with salt
  • Frozen grapes (or peas)
  • Soy Crisps
  • Whole wheat fig bars
  • Whole Wheat frozen waffles
  • Lowfat graham crackers

My kids won’t eat this but I have witnessed others who do:

  • Frozen peas
  • Celery filled with peanut butter or cream cheese
  • Veggies with Ranch dressing

By Mia Wenjen, PragmaticMom

1 Comment

  1. Great post! My favorite website for healthy snack ideas is

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