If there’s one thing that’s for certain, it’s that kids love snacks. They love them so much that they’d prefer to snack all day instead of eating meals. As a parent, you’ll probably get a snack request at least a dozen times a day. And as much as we all love our chips and cookies, there comes a time when you have to cut the carbs and start stocking up on snacks that are healthy. But good-for-you doesn’t necessarily have to mean “doesn’t taste good”. In fact, you’ll find that there are lots of healthy snacks that are kid-friendly. Read on to find out about 19 snacks for kids that are delish and healthy, too. They’ll definitely crush any cravings your kiddo might have, and maybe even boost your child’s well-being.
If you’re craving an ever-so-slightly slightly sweet and savory snack, look no further than the Spicy Dill Pickle Almonds from Blue Diamond. They totally taste like the dill pickle you’d pick up at your local deli, and have an amazing garlickly goodness that will make you want to order up a pastrami on rye to go with it. ($4)
Move over, Nutella. The Belgian Choco Hazel Spread from Good Good is, well, very good. It’s healthier than other chocolate hazelnut spreads, since it only has 2 grams of sugar per serving. And it tastes just as creamy and dreamy as you would imagine it would. ($9)
If you’re looking to cut the carbs but still want a way to wrap your, you know, wrap, try the Crystal Farms Cheese Wraps. Available in marble jack or mozzarella cheese, you can fill them with healthy options, like veggies and lean proteins for a healthy snack. They’re an awesome alternative to traditional tortillas or sliced bread, and offer 7 grams of protein per serving.
Sometimes you might want something sweet and fruity for a snack, and other times you might want something salty…but always healthy. The Naturipe Snacks offer the best of both worlds by paring fresh fruits with cheese and nuts. The combinations are delicious: (the Sweet & Crunchy snack has strawberries and blueberries, cinnamon almonds, and white cheddar cheese, for example). It’s a great on-the-go snack that’s perfectly portioned to ensure that you get a boost of energy while satisfying your snacking needs — and it’s delicious, too.
When you’re looking to up your PB&J game, slather on some walnut butter. The Maple Cinnamon Walnut Butter from The Nutty Gourmet is vegan and has Omega-3 fatty acids and is a heart-healthy snack. It’s made from California walnuts and is certified kosher without GMOs, is gluten-free, and doesn’t have preservatives or high fructose corn syrup. It’s also peanut-free, so your child can safely snack on it. ($11)
By far, the best part of a grilled cheese is the slightly browned bits of cheese that ooze out of the sandwich. Now, imagine a snack that tastes just like that. Just The Cheese is an amazing snack that is made from 100% Wisconsin baked cheese—and nothing else. These cheese crisps are oven baked, creating a crunchy treat that is low carb, gluten-free, and 75 calories per bar. You can snack on flavors like Aged Cheddar, Grilled Cheese, Mild Cheddar and (yum) Jalapeno Cheese. ($10)
Why should seaweed only be served with sushi? Now you can snack on seaweed with the Organic Seaweed Snacks from GimMe. They’re full of good-for-you nutrients like vitamin C, omega-3 fatty acids, and are rich in fiber. They’re available in Sea Salt and Avocado Oil, Teriyaki, Wasabi, Olive Oil, and more. Your California roll will be so jelly. ($20)
You might not imagine that cookies would be considered healthy, but the ones from Partake are. The cookies come in five fun flavors, are crunchy yet soft-baked. They’re ideal for kiddos with allergies, since they are free of the top eight allergens (i.e. wheat, tree nuts, peanuts, milk, eggs, soy, fish, and shellfish), and are also gluten-free. ($15)
When your kid wants a more substantial snack, serve up the Microwavable Pasta Cups from Veggiecraft Farms. The pasta is made from cauliflower or sweet potato, and each veggie pasta cup is available in kid-friendly flavors like cheddar mac or marinara. They’re also gluten-free and contain additional 11-12 grams of protein, vitamins, and all-natural fiber. Plus, they’re super easy to serve up: just add water, heat, and stir in the flavor packet for an instant (and healthy) snack. ($8)
Although olives are very heart-healthy, they’re not the easiest snack to serve up. Enter Pearls Olives To Go! Cups. The cute (and convenient) cups are mess proof (since they aren’t packed with liquid), and are vegan, and paleo-friendly. They’re perfectly portioned to satisfy any cravings, and are totally delicious. ($4)
Craving a plant-based snack? The Optimum Nutrition Nature Bites are made from plant-based protein wrapped in decadent dark chocolate. The Nature Bites offer 14 grams of complete plant-based protein, six grams of sugar, and 26 grams of carbs. Available in Dark Chocolate Truffle, Chocolate Coconut, Chocolate Mint, and Dark Chocolate Sea Salt, they’re each under 210 calories—and totally snackable.
During long days when your kids are stuck inside, there’s nothing like a really, really good chocolate chip cookie to make things better. Enter Miss Myrtle’s Chocolate Chip Cookies, a Bronx-based cookie company. The cookies are made with organic ingredients, no preservatives, and are made from scratch, which you can taste in every single bite. Miss Myrtle would be very, very proud.
Cottage cheese is a great snacking option, since it’s full of protein other essential nutrients. And Hood Cottage Cheese with Strawberry is a creamy and sweet treat snack that can help introduce your kids to the idea of eating cottage cheese on its own. They can eat it as a snack, dessert, or even for breakfast. You can even add on toppings like nuts or a dab of chocolate to make it even more amazing. ($2)
Popcorn is a healthy snack—until you slather it in butter or oil and salt., that is. Angie’s BOOMCHICKAPOP Sea Salt Popcorn keeps its popcorn pure by only using real ingredients. It’s non-GMO, and gluten-free, and is just 35 calories per cup. It’s a whole grain energy food, so it will give your kids the fuel they need to go through their day. ($4)
Pretzels are a perfect snack for kids, and the ones from Glutino are gluten-free and fabulous. They’re lightly salted and are a healthier option than those that are full of added chemicals and preservatives. They are only 110 calories per snack pack and have 3 grams of fat per serving. (12 pack/$47)
Your kids can pack in the protein with ALOHA Protein Bars. They’re made with all natural ingredients and contain iron, fiber, and healthy fats for a well-balanced diet. And with flavors like Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip, Chocolate Fudge Brownie, Caramel Sea Salt, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough and Chocolate Mint, the bars are great for on-the-go paleo and gluten-free lifestyles. ($30)
Sweet snacks don’t have to be unhealthy anymore, thanks to TB12. The Tom Brady and Alex Guerrero lifestyle brand has a TB12 Sweet Variety Pack, that contains Blueberry Superfood Bites, Dark Cacao Coconut Chips, Cacao Goji Superfood Bites, and Amazon Superfood Bites. The snacks are raw, organic, and full of healthy fats, fiber, and nutrients. ($50)
If your kid is craving chips and guac, you can serve Wholly Guacamole for a super healthy snack. The guacamole is made from 100% Hass avocados that have been hand-scooped to ensure quality. There are no preservatives added, and the ingredient list is healthy and non-GMO. The mini classic size is perfect for a super snack that boasts heart-healthy benefits.
Candy can hardly be considered a healthy snack—that is, until you introduce your kids to Sweet Chews from Smart Sweets. The candy, which is sort of like a Starburst, has just 3 grams of sugar and 120 calories, which is considerably less than what other fruit chews contain. The candy is also plant-based, which means that you can give your kiddo one (okay, two) without feeling guilty. (6 bags/$20)