The snack struggle is real. But I also know how important it is to offer healthy balanced snacks for kids.
It can make the difference between a happy child at after-school pick-up (vs a cranky and hangry child).
Or a child who can pay attention and learn at school (vs being too tired to focus).
Or a child who can manage their emotions when interacting with others (vs an angry child with low blood sugar).
For these reasons, I pay A LOT of attention to what snacks I feed my kids (and recommend to my clients).
And I’m always thinking about including protein + carb + fat to create a healthy balanced snack for kids.
No need to pack 2-3 separate foods because these “all-in-one” balanced snacks contain all the macros in every bite.
Are you in a snack rut with your kids?
It’s so easy to fall into a rhythm of offering similar foods over and over. The same staples get rotated around every week. But that gets boring for everyone and doesn’t help expand a child’s palate.
That’s why I want to help you “think outside the snack box”.
Starting with these easy, yummy, and healthy balanced snacks for kids.
Healthy All-in-One Snacks
No-bake energy balls (Raspberry Coconut Balls)
Granola balls (Made Good Granola Minis)
Smoothies (Blueberry Hemp Smoothie – you can omit maca powder)
Egg muffins (Zucchini Frittata Cups)
Cookies (Pumpkin Cookies)
Dip (Roasted Red Beet Hummus)
Pudding (Avocado Carob (Chocolate) Pudding)
Granola bars (No-Bake Hemp and Chia Protein Bars)
Brownies (Black Bean Brownies)
Here’s the thing though…
You want to make sure you offer a rotation of different snacks every week. I know it’s easy to offer the same handful of favourites but that doesn’t help children for the long term. When when we serve the same snacks over and over it limits the opportunity to expand your child’s food list. But snacks are the best time to try new foods!
So the takeaway is to rotate new foods into your child’s snack repertoire often. Even if they don’t eat it the first time. The exposure is an important first step.
Ideally, every week you are offering a new snack food. I’m sure 52 snacks feel overwhelming so let me help you out.
Here are 52 Snacks That Kids Love to Eat.
The list makes it easy to find recipes that are:
- less than 5 minutes to make
- no bake snacks
PLUS…you’ll get 25 Healthy Packaged Snacks & Meals that I feed my kids (for free).
Because we all need some convenience in our lives!
You won’t have to think about (or go searching for) snack ideas all year!
Do you have any quick, healthy, and complete snack favourites for your family? Please share them below!