healthy snacks

Healthy snacks for kids at home, on the go.

Snacks don’t need to be unhealthy. There are plenty of healthy snack options that give your kids important nutrients and help satisfy hunger between meals.

Try these healthy snack ideas.

  • Make “ants on a log” (celery with peanut butter and raisins).
  • Add fruit (fresh, frozen, dried, or canned) to fat-free or low-fat yogurt. Look for canned, dried, and frozen fruit with no added sugars.
  • Blend fruit and yogurt with some 100% fruit juice to make a tasty smoothie.
  • Top whole-grain crackers with low-fat cheese.
  • Dip vegetable “matchsticks” (thin sticks made from fresh carrots, zucchini, or bell peppers) in hummus (a dip made from chickpeas).
  • Top whole-wheat bread, rice cakes, or apple slices with peanut butter.
  • Melt low-fat cheese in a whole-wheat tortilla to make quesadillas. Try adding black beans for an extra boost of nutrition!
  • Mix air-popped popcorn with dried fruit and unsalted nuts for homemade trail mix. Serve with a glass of fat-free or low-fat milk.
  • Dip tortilla chips in salsa. Look for chips with less sodium.
  • Make a mini pizza. Top half of a whole-wheat English with spaghetti sauce, chopped vegetables, and low-fat shredded cheese and heat it up in the microwave or oven.
  • Keep fresh fruit in a place that’s easy to reach in the refrigerator or on the kitchen table. This will make it easier for kids to grab a healthy choice.

Snack healthy on the go.

  • Take unsalted nuts and unsweetened dried fruits.
  • Grab fresh vegetables or fresh fruit.
  • Pack low-fat string cheese sticks.
  • Use small reusable containers or baggies to take snacks on the go.

Set the rules.

  • Teach your kids to ask before they help themselves to snacks.
  • Eat snacks at the table or in the kitchen, not in front of the TV or computer.
  • Serve snacks like pretzels or popcorn in a bowl. Don’t let kids snack directly out of the bag or box.
  • Drink water, milk (fat-free or low-fat), or 100% juice instead of soda or fruit-flavored drinks. Kids can drink up to ½ cup or 1 cup of juice a day, depending on how old they are.

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