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Healthy Snacks For Your Kids

Updated on October 6, 2017
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Karen Hellier is a freelance writer and eBay entrepreneur. She happily lives in the mountains of North Georgia with her husband and her dog.

Sliced fruit always make a healthy snack but add yogurt to it as a dip and kids will love it.
Sliced fruit always make a healthy snack but add yogurt to it as a dip and kids will love it. | Source

It Started With My Home Daycare

Many years ago, in a time which seems so far away now, I used to have my own home daycare. In the state of Connecticut, daycare providers could get reimbursed if they followed a meal plan that provided health meals and snacks for the kids in their charge. As a mom of my first child, it was a wonderful way to learn how to give my own child healthy meals and snacks, as well as the children in my daycare. For each meal or snack, home daycare providers only received about one-half the reimbursement of what we paid for it, but it was better than nothing. Plus, we received a whole menu packet of different types of creative breakfasts, lunches, and snacks so the children could have variety in the healthy meals they were given at home day cares around the state.

I eventually had three children of my own and used these ideas with them as well as the children in my daycare.

A List of Healthy Snack Options

The following list is a list of the most popular choices of healthy snacks, based on the particular likes and dislikes of the children in my care:

  • Popcorn sprinkled with shredded cheese
  • Cheese sticks from the dairy department ( not the frozen kind)
  • Yogurt sticks
  • Whole wheat crackers and cheese ( made at home, not the pre-packaged kind)
  • Whole wheat crackers and peanut butter ( Home made, not the pre-packaged kind)
  • Celery, carrot or cucumber sticks, alone or dipped in yogurt or peanut butter
  • Pretzels and cheese slices
  • Pretzel sticks dipped in peanut butter
  • Ants on a log ( celery sticks spread with peanut butter and sprinkled with raisins)
  • Any of the following fruits: raisins, berries, cut up apples, oranges, bananas, peaches, pears, cantaloupe or honeydew melons, grapes ( cut up if they were for young children) served with peanut butter or yogurt as a dip. Plain yogurt or vanilla yogurt were favorites.
  • Cereals: ( with milk or without): Corn, Rice or Bran Chex, Cheerios.
  • Cut out slices of whole wheat bread ( use cookie cutters to cut heart shapes, etc.) spread with peanut butter and then add raisins to make a smiley face.
  • If your kids are old enough to not choke on nuts, peanuts and almonds are wonderful snack choices. Serving peanuts in the shell also offers the challenge of breaking the shells open.
  • Graham crackers spread with peanut butter. ( This is now one of my favorite healthy snacks as an adult too, but I use low-fat peanut butter)
  • Whole wheat English Muffin with shredded cheese sprinkled on top and microwaved for 15 seconds. ( If your kids like tomatoes you can add a slice of tomato under the cheese to make a mini pizza)

Smoothies Make Good Snack Options


Now if you are creative and want to have the kids help you get the snacks ready, they can help you make a smoothie by counting out berries or grapes or banana slices and adding them to a blender or a Magic Bullet, etc. Magic Bullets are a nice way to make a smoothie, and each person can have their own individual color-coded cup, as the cups come with the Magic Bullet. By adding yogurt and milk, you can make a delicious smoothie that all will enjoy.

I recently received a Magic bullet as a Christmas gift and really love it. Magic Bullets are a nice way to make a smoothie, and each person can have their own individual color-coded cup, as the cups come with the Magic Bullet. By adding yogurt and milk, you can make a delicious smoothie that all will enjoy.

Here's a recipe I recently received from a friend for making a healthy and delicious smoothie that will also keep you regular:

Add 1 cup of frozen blueberries, 1 cup of sliced bananas, 1 cup of fresh spinach leaves and 1 cup of unsweetened almond milk (vanilla or plain is fine). Blend and enjoy as a meal or a snack. It fills you up and is tasty and healthy.


These snack suggestions above were the most popular ones with my own children and the children in my home daycare. Whatever you choose, try to include the kids in making the snacks, and they will be more likely to want to eat them.

Whatever you choose as healthy snacks for your kids, enjoy them together. Happy snacking!





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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      ignugent17,

      I hope you share them with her. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      iman hossain rony,

      Thanks for stopping by. I hope that your kids like these ideas as much as mine did!

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      Imam hossain rony 4 years ago from Dhaka

      wonderful food recipe. i wish i have seen it in my childhood time. thank you. now i will use it to my kids.

      thank you for sharing your recipe.

      good luck

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      ignugent17 4 years ago

      My niece would love these snacks. Thanks for sharing your ideas.

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      DIYmommy,

      You are welcome, but for now, congratulations on giving your son the absolutely BEST snack possible...breastmilk! Enjoy this time with him. It ends too quickly and is such a precious period in both your and his lives. Thanks for commenting and congratulations on your new baby!

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      Julie 4 years ago

      With a newborn (almost 3 months now!) in our home, I know some of these will come in handy eventually. While he still nursing currently, I know there will come a day when he will progress to these. I do intend on making very healthy baby food for him, and then some of these options will be perfect eventually. Thank you for the great hub!

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      donnah75,

      Well, it may actually be a matter of convenience then. Sounds like you're right...people want to take the easy way out in today's busy society.

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      Donna Hilbrandt 4 years ago from Upstate New York

      Oddly, the resistance was from parents (and students). No fast food stops means that parents need to have a plan for feeding their kids, sometimes at odd hours. They were worried about long bus rides and hungry kids. I say brown bag the healthy choices. I don't understand the resistance either. I guess people like the easy way, even if it is unhealthy.

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      donnah75,

      Met with some resistance from the kids, parents, or both??? Crazy if it was from parents but I guess that's the way of the world theses days. Thanks for your comment.

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      Mommymay,

      Maybe you can write a hub about healthy snacks for kids who can't have dairy? I am sure there are other moms that definitely need some suggestions. Thanks for stopping by.

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      Faith,

      I hope they enjoy them as much as my kids did!

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      hawaiianodysseus,

      Thank you sir. There's always a place on the internet for healthy snack ideas! The more the better when kids are involved. They love variety!

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      Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

      Good job, Karen! Short and sweet, unlike the healthy snacks! LOL! You're getting it done! Good for you!

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Thanks for this excellent hub on great and healthy snacks for children. I will keep these in my when my grandchildren visit me!

      Voted up +++ and sharing

      God bless. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Heather May 4 years ago from Ohio

      Great tips! I have 5 school aged children so snacks are a constant at my house. I have 1 who can't have dairy so we have had to get inventive! Nice to have a quick reference of ideas!

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      Donna Hilbrandt 4 years ago from Upstate New York

      A concept we need to promote! I work in a public school, and the new superintendent has really enforced the idea of healthy eating. No more McD's on bus trips, fruit with every lunch, etc. It actually got resistence, but I have to say I respect the admin's standing their ground on this one. We need to ensure our kids have a future, so we must feed them healthy choices.