75+ Healthy Snack Ideas for Kids (budget-friendly)

Healthy Kids snack ideas

Healthy Kids Snack Ideas That Are Easy and Budget-Friendly

Everyone seems to have their own definition of “healthy” these days. I consider myself to be in the moderate range. 😉 I think it is okay to have treats every day.

My family and I eat processed foods and sugar every so often, but I do try to buy or make healthier versions when possible and when it works for me. I am not one that feeds kids only whole foods and I am not one that would give my kids Oreo cookies for a snack.

So, this post is not really about what is right or wrong. It is more about giving you a helpful list of great healthy snack ideas for kids to bring to school and munch on at home!

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When the school requests a healthy snack for the class, I try to choose snacks that I think most people would consider being healthy, but it also has to be food that the kids will actually eat and budget-friendly!

Healthy Snack Guidelines

Here are some great things to look for in a snack:

  • 100% whole grain
  • made with no or little refined sweeteners
  • no artificial sweeteners
  • ingredients you can pronounce and recognize

Good snacks provide carbohydrates, protein, fiber, and some healthy fat, which may include a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, dairy products, seeds, dried fruit, and whole grain crackers.

Healthy Snacks List for Kids (Over 75+ Ideas)

strawberries

Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Snack Ideas

There are tons of fruits and vegetables that make for great healthy snacks for kids! Plus, they are often safe for those with allergies. These are just some of my favorites when the season is right:

  • Apple
  • Banana
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Pear
  • Grapes
  • Strawberries
  • Blueberries
  • Raspberries
  • Oranges
  • Peaches
  • Watermelon
  • Plums
  • Cherries
  • Sliced Cucumber
  • Sugar Snap Peas
  • Edamame
  • Olives
  • Cauliflower
  • Broccoli

Here’s a great tutorial about how to make the best veggie tray!

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More Fruity Snack Ideas

whole wheat graham crackers

Whole Grain Snack Ideas

Whole grains include:

  • whole wheat
  • oats
  • rye
  • barley
  • sorghum
  • brown rice
  • wild rice
  • corn
  • buckwheat
  • amaranth
  • millet
  • teff
  • triticale; and
  • quinoa.

While 100% whole grain is best, I personally don’t mind if the snack is only part whole grain. I guess I feel like it is better than nothing. You can adjust the healthy snack list below according to your preference though.

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More Kids Snack Ideas

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Combine Some of the Healthy Snacks Above for More Fun!

By combining some of the kids snack ideas above and pulling inspiration from them, you can make some even more fun and flavorful snacks. For example, get a bunch of healthy ingredients in one snack with these PB+J Roll-Ups.

Here are some more homemade snack ideas for you to try (these are great for school lunches):

Make sure to use our 25 lunch box hacks to make your mornings a bit easier and less hectic.

Why are healthy snacks for kids so important?

“Food impacts how well a child’s brain works, affecting their moods and abilities … In a kids brain, junk food can cause neurotransmitters, which pass along information, to function improperly. Smart foods, however, allow information to be processed correctly and help the child function at their optimal level.” – Dr. Sears

This list was inspired by EatRight.org, WholeGrainsCouncil.org, and 100 Days of Real Food.

Easy and healthy snack ideas for kids

Meal Type: Appetizers and Snacks, Back to School, Clean Eating
Categories: Healthy

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