Maybe it’s just me, but I feel like my kids are hungry all. the. time. In fact, I know it’s not just me because I’ve talked to my other mom friends who say the same thing. Like, even after eating a meal for example. They will say, “I’m still hungry”, to which I will reply, “How is that even possible? You just ate a ton of food!”.
What I’ve come to realize is that my kids would rather be snackers than big meal-eaters. Are your kids like that? I just had to adjust to this and just go with the flow. Now, I purposely keep lots of snacks on hand so that they can easily access them when they’re hungry.
Because we have a large family, I need to have snacks on hand that are both easy to grab and don’t need a lot of preparation (if any at all). So, I have a running list of snacks in my head that I choose from on a weekly basis. These snacks are healthy and very budget friendly.
With just a little bit of planning and preparation, you can have healthy snack options for your children too! Here are 25 super simple and healthy snack ideas for your kids (and you!):
- Apple slices and peanut butter
- Apples and milk
- Grapes and cheese
- Apples and cheese
- Raisins, nuts, and cheese
- Yogurt with oats mixed in
- Yogurt with peanut butter mixed in
- Carrot sticks with ranch
- Cream cheese and jam on whole wheat crackers
- Celery with peanut butter and raisins
- Whole wheat crackers and cheese
- Turkey roll ups (turkey lunchmeat wrapped around cheese)
- Half an avocado with salt and pepper and tortilla chips
- Whole wheat toast with butter and raw honey
- Bananas and peanut butter
- Grapes and nuts
- Beef or turkey jerky and cheese
- Carrot sticks and whole wheat muffins
- Hard boiled eggs and grapes
- Hard boiled eggs and whole wheat crackers
- Half a whole wheat bagel with regular or flavored cream cheese
- Whole wheat pretzels and cheese sticks
- Popcorn and cheese sticks
- Cheese bread (literally, cheese melted onto a slice of whole wheat bread)
- Unsweetened applesauce and hard boiled eggs
You’ll notice that these are all combinations. I tried to combine a carb with a protein or a fat. This way, the snack is more well rounded and has a greater chance of filling their tummies up.
I even keep a snack bin in my fridge that my kids can go to and get the snacks for themselves. I fill it up once a week and I can’t tell you how easy this has made this part of my life.
What are some other simple and healthy snack options you use? Comment below and share!