10 Healthy Snack Ideas for Your Kids

As parents, balancing quick, nutritious snacks for kids can be challenging, especially when life gets busy. We teamed up with Bébé Foodie to share 10 healthy and delicious snack ideas, ready in under 5 minutes, perfect for baby to school-aged children, and using common household ingredients.

Applesauce
and Yogurt Parfaits

Layer some natural yogurt with applesauce in a small cup. You can add a sprinkle of granola or crushed nuts for some crunch for older kiddos! Rich in calcium, this snack supports strong bones and teeth, while the probiotics found in yogurt are vital for maintaining a healthy gut flora, boosting digestive health, and enhancing immune function.

Vegetable Sticks
with Hummus

This delicious combo is always a winner for a healthy snack option that provides a good mix of vitamins, minerals, and fiber, along with the protein and healthy fats from the hummus. Slice raw vegetables into sticks and serve them with a side of hummus. However, it’s important to note that certain hard raw vegetables, such as carrots and celery, might pose a choking risk. For younger children, especially under the age of 4, caution is advised with raw veggies due to their potential as choking hazards. The tender middle part of a cucumber can be a safer choice for babies aged 6-9 months, depending on their developmental progress and previous exposure to solid foods.

Cheese and
Whole Grain Crackers

To create a satisfying, protein and fiber-rich snack that is also high in calcium, simply pair cheese with whole grain crackers. It’s essential to choose cheese wisely, as many types are high in sodium, which isn’t ideal for younger babies. Opt for lower sodium varieties such as ricotta, goat cheese, or mozzarella to ensure a healthier option. Additionally, when selecting crackers, prioritize those that are low in sodium, high in fiber, and have a low calorie density. This careful selection ensures that you’re providing a nutritious snack that supports a balanced diet, catering to the needs of growing bodies while promoting overall health.

Apple Slices
with Peanut Butter

Slice an apple and serve the pieces with a dollop of peanut butter. This classic combination offers a good balance of sweet and savory, along with a healthy dose of fiber and protein. When available, select peanut butter made only with peanuts to ensure a healthier choice. For younger babies, it’s crucial to choose smooth peanut butter and consider mixing it with a bit of water to reduce its stickiness, minimizing the risk of choking. This thoughtful approach enhances the nutritional value of the snack, making it a safer and more wholesome option for little ones.

Homemade
Trail Mix

For older kids, mix together a selection of unsalted nuts, whole grain cereal, dried fruits or a few dark chocolate chips, for a fun and energy-boosting snack. When selecting your whole grain cereals, like muesli, granolas, or oatmeal, select options that are not too high in sugar. When it comes to nuts, opt for walnuts and almonds! Just one ounce of this nutty duo fulfills almost 80% of our omega-3 requirements and about 15% of our magnesium needs. This ensures the trail mix remains a wholesome choice, offering sustained energy without excessive sugar.

Banana
and Nut Butter Roll-Ups

Spread some almond butter or peanut butter on a whole wheat tortilla, place a banana on top, and roll it up. Slice into bite-sized pieces and serve. When choosing your tortilla, opting for a whole wheat variety is key, as it provides extra fiber and nutrients, making this snack not only delicious but also nutritious. This combination of whole grains, healthy fats from the nut butter, and natural sweetness from the banana creates a balanced snack that’s both satisfying and beneficial for your health.

Avocado
Toast

Mash some avocado on a slice of whole grain toast and sprinkle with a little salt (optional) and lemon juice. An all-time classic! When selecting your bread, aim for a whole wheat or whole grain variety that’s rich in fiber and low in sugar. This simple yet nutritious option is ideal for a quick breakfast, a wholesome snack, or even a light meal!

Cottage Cheese
and Pineapple

Combine a scoop of cottage cheese with chopped pineapple for a snack that’s rich in protein and vitamin C. It’s a creamy and sweet combination that kids love. Whether you go for fresh pineapple or the convenience of canned pineapple chunks or slices, it’s all good—just make sure to pick those without added sugar. You can of course opt for different fruits options such as peaches or berries to keep it tangy!

Rice Cake
with Cream Cheese and Berries

Spread some cream cheese on a rice cake and top with fresh berries. This light snack provides a good mix of carbohydrates, protein, and antioxidants. Rice cakes combined with fruits and cheese serve as a solid choice for those in search of snacks that are rich in fiber, low in sodium, and a viable gluten-free option. It’s advisable to choose varieties without added sugars, whenever feasible.

Yogurt Berry
Popsicles

Popsicles are always fun to make—not to mention pretty simple, too. Look no further than these 2-ingredients berry delights! Simply blend together your favorite berries with plain yogurt, pour the mixture into ice pop molds, and freeze overnight or until solid. A refreshing treat to make together with your child on hot, summer days. Choosing full-fat yogurt is key as it provides essential nutrients that are beneficial for overall health, including healthy fats which are crucial for brain development.


With these ten easy, healthy snack ideas, you can quickly serve nutritious and delicious options to keep your little ones energized all day!

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Co-Author

Jenny Janov

Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and advisor at Bébé Foodie with over 15 years of experience. Studied nutrition at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and had special training in pediatrics. Worked in different hospital settings and clinics in California for over a decade, including UCSF and Stanford Medical Centers.

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27 comments

  1. Marsha

    Hi Jenny,
    First, I love this app.

    I have high cholesterol so full fat dairy is out. Could you do a future article on healthy food substitutions for the big three diseases? Heart, diabetes and cancer?

    Also, I don’t know how to read the premium cost per year. How much is it in Canadian funds, please.

    Thanks for all you do

    Marsha

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  2. Adrien

    This is great for home, but I also need more ideas for the shared school snacks !

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  3. Yollande

    I am so happy to show as many good things
    Thank you so much

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  4. Kim

    Thank you. I’m trying to loose weight and find it hard to find healthy eating. Meaning foods I enjoy. This helps a lot.

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  5. Star

    Thank you for the great ideas! Keep them coming! If i get one i will share with you as well! <3 TyVm!

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  6. Akeya

    Thanks for the healthy recommendations that I’m going to use for myself as I do not have any children yet lol

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  7. Sharon

    Organic Oats get lower grade than conventionally grown Gluten Free oats.
    by the same manufacturer/grower
    Bob’s Red Mill

    but the packaging nutrition information is identical
    as is the processing: Old Fashioned Rolled Oats/Whole Grain

    seems to me the organically grown should get higher marks for not having Monsanto Products in the fields.

    explain….

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  8. Val

    Hello! Please make strict rules for using the app. I see a product being posted from various sources, some indicating it’s safe while others label it as a hazard. In my opinion, only admins should add products that are verified by reliable sources.

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  9. Mari

    Thank you for all your hard work into making what foods to eat since the poisonous foods & waters we now have these past 4 years! Thank you for taking the time in sending us emails! Greatly appreciated 😊
    ❤️Keep up the amazing work Yuka!😍

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  10. Catherine

    Love these snacks for children and me a young 85.
    Great ideas

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  11. N/A

    I greatly enjoy these emails
    Thank you 😊

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  12. Laura

    All sounds good 👍 Any recommendations on a truly healthy rice cake brand? Thank you!

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  13. Suvane

    Thanks for keeping at it I eat most all of what you mentioned in one form of another Thank you for what you all do!

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  14. Sheila Singleton

    Thank you so much. I need to eat healthy.

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      You got it

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  15. Sandy

    I wish I could say my grandon would eat any of these, but he’s so picky. I will try the pop sickles. I think he will like them. He does also like apples.

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  16. Elena

    Thank you. Very much appreciated.

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  17. Raymond

    Jenny I like the popsicles. I use 1cuo of any fruit fresh or frozen 1 cup of plain yogurt but what makes it more appealing is 2 tablespoons of honey

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  18. Tina

    Thank you for the Yuka app! I use it frequently to assist is shopping wisely for healthy products. The excellent article on delicious, nutritious snacks for kids is so helpful! I love to offer my grandchildren healthy choices. The snacks are great options for us adults, too.

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  19. Amen

    Thank you so much. For the healthy snacks ideas.

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  20. Mandy

    Thank you for creating this app! We absolutely love it! Thanks for the great snack ideas also.

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  21. Barbara

    This is an excellent helpful article for all and the Yuka app makes me feel like I am helping to keep my family healthy and safe from harmful chemicals. I could not leave home for shopping without my Yuka app. It really makes me feel good about how I can shop for my family.
    Thank you for all the research and work that the Yuka team accomplishes. I call the team “Dr. Yuka”. I share the app with as many people as I can.

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  22. Terry

    I love this app! I am constantly sharing it with people I see reading labels (and still looking confused as to what to buy) in the grocery stores.

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  23. Jessica

    I Love YUKA!! This is wonderful and life changing. I do not have any kids, but I actually eat some of these options!!

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  24. Roberta

    This is a great app! I love the articles you post. I don’t have young ones at home any more but I liked your snack options. I am going toy try the nut butter banana roll ups. Easy and Yummy 😋.

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  25. Cosmo lamer

    Great app use it all the time keep up the great work

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  26. Jayne

    Great snacks for kids and adults.

    Love your app, we use it every time we go to the grocery store. Keep up the good work we all need it.
    Thank you

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