Searching for healthy snack combinations for kids? My littles only ask me 37,000 times a day for a snack. How could something so little consume so much food? I got so frustrated with constantly trying to come up with healthy and satisfying snacks. So I did some research and this is what I thought my picky eaters would like. Keep this list on your refrigerator for a quick and easy reference.
Try making a snack more like a mini meal by including a balance of protein, carbohydrates, and fat to help manage hunger and satisfy cravings. I choose high fiber carbs like whole grain breads, wheat crackers, and cereals. To pack more nutrients try adding at least two food groups to each snack. This will be more filling and hold them over until the next meal. Try adding 1% or skim milk to cereal or cookies, and nut butter to snack items like crackers and fruit . This is a great way to add calcium and protein. Experiment with these combinations to find more snack ideas your kids will enjoy!
- Avocado slices wrapped in a slice of turkey
- Yogurt(with the Live and Active culture seal)and nuts or cereal.
- Grapes and cubed cheese
- Smoothies with fresh fruit, yogurt, greens, 100% juice and ice
- Cookies or bars made with raisin, nuts and oats and milk.
- Apple slices with string cheese or nut butter
- Frozen no-sugar-added fruit bars with a glass of milk
- Berries topped with a little dab of low-fat frozen yogurt
- Dip a banana in yogurt, roll it in crushed cereal, and freeze
- Cottage cheese with cut-up peaches, nectarines, pineapple, or bananas
- All-fruit fruit leather with a glass of milk
- Sunflower seeds and raisins
- Sliced tomato with mozzarella cheese
- Melon cubes with a slice of turkey
- Hummus and carrots or peppers
- Cucumbers, celery, or red peppers with low-fat dressing for dipping
- Raw veggies with guacamole or any yogurt-based dip
- Peanut butter on celery sticks and sprinkle them with raisins
- small salad with cucumbers, carrots, cubed chicken
- Carrots with homemade dressing
- Peanut butter/nut butter and jam on whole wheat bread
- Hard-boiled egg with a slice of whole-wheat bread
- Mix one cup of whole-grain oat cereal with 1/4 cup chopped walnuts and 1/4 cup dried cranberries for a healthy trail mix
- Graham cracker with low-fat cream cheese, along with four to six ounces of 100 percent juice
- A graham cracker sandwich filled with a scoop of frozen yogurt and sliced bananas
- Whole grain, fiber-rich cereal with (or without) milk
- Graham crackers with applesauce for dipping
- Whole-wheat tortilla chips with bean dip
- Whole wheat crackers and cheese or peanut butter
- Sandwich with whole wheat bread or pita and deli meat/cheese
- Muffins or sweet bread made with nuts
- Stove popped popcorn with grated parmesan cheese
- Whole-grain pretzels, soy crisps, pita chips or rice cakes with a slice of cheese
- Whole-wheat pita-bread triangles or baked wheat crackers with melted reduced-fat cheese for dipping
- Whole-grain tortilla chips topped with veggies, salsa, and shredded cheese, guacamole for dipping
- Canned salmon mixed with low-fat mayo and spread on baked whole-grain crackers or celery stalks
- A small baked potato with melted reduced-fat cheese and salsa
- Tuna on whole wheat bread
Finding snacks that my kids love and satisfy them is a constant battle. With that said, I will continue to post more snack ideas as I find them. If you have any other ideas not listed above please leave me a comment below!
Also check out this book for some great recipes for your Picky Eaters.