75+ Healthy Snack Ideas for Kids

Healthy Snack Inspiration

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

Healthy snack ideas for kids!

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. And I am good with where I am at right now! So, this post is not really about what is right or wrong. It is more about giving you a helpful list of great ideas for snacks that are mostly good for you and your kids!


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

Healthy Snack Guideline Ideas

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.


Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Snack Ideas

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

GoGo squeeZ Appleberry, Applesauce On The Go, 3.2-Ounce Pouches Pack of 48

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 list according to your preference though.

LARABAR Fruit & Nut Food Bar, Peanut Butter & Jelly, Gluten Free, 1.7 oz. Bars, Pack of 16

More Snack Ideas

Back to school lunch ideas

Combine some of the healthy snacks above for more fun:

‚ÄúFood impacts how well a child‚Äôs brain works, affecting their moods and abilities ‚Ķ 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.‚ÄĚ ‚Äď Dr. Sears

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

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

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