30+ Healthy Snacks for Kids Beyond Carrot Sticks
Just because you're busy and the kids are hungry doesn't mean that snack time can't be healthy. Snack-time is a very important part of the school day and afternoon for children. One of the many daily highlights of an elementary schooler is opening their bags to see what tasty treat mom or dad sent that day. Snack-time is also extremely essential in brain development. If our little girls and guys are hungry, they are less likely to pay attention, resulting in a less than productive and focused kiddo.
Do your kids’ teachers a favor and pack them healthful lunches and snacks that promote good behavior and prepare them to take on the lessons of the day. Say goodbye to prepackaged chips, fried in grease, and say hello to protein-rich snacks like cheese and peanut butter. Preparing your kids healthy snacks can be fun and rewarding, and will leave the little ones completely satisfied. We have gathered some delicious and healthy snacks for school and home to help you jump-start the school year.
Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs
Recipe: Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs
Hard boiled eggs are the easiest, mess-free solution to snack time. One or two of these protein-rich eggs will fuel your kid for a long school day.
No-Bake Granola Bars
Recipe: No-Bake Granola Bars
This easy homemade granola bars recipe can be used as a base for exploration. Get adventurous with your flavors and try out some of the recipe’s variations, including Tart Cherry-Pistachio, Apricot-Coconut-Cashew, or Chocolate Chip-Pecan-Sea Salt. There are endless possibilities, and your kids will never tire of this staple treat.
Smoky Snack Mix
Recipe: Smoky Snack Mix
This snack mix incorporates lots of snacks you’ve got sitting around in your pantry, upgraded with sophisticated seasoning. A baggie of this snack mix will be a schoolyard favorite.
Healthy Strawberry Oatmeal Cookies
The easiest way to make your children smile is to pack them a cookie as a snack. Plus, they never need to know that this cookie is actually healthy (less-than-100-Calories healthy).
Recipe: Apple Chips
Two ingredients stand between you and a healthy snack for the kids. With a hint of cinnamon, these fruit chips can be enjoyed guilt-free. We're sure the kids wouldn't mind if you stash some away for yourself.
Fresh Fruit Salad
Recipe: Fresh Fruit Salad
Toss together any fruit that’s in season for this easy, healthy solution to school snack-time.
Recipe: Fruit Sushi
We love this fun, playful version of “sushi” that’s easy to make and lunchbox-ready. Pack this fruit sushi with chopsticks.
Peanut Butter and Jelly Puff Pastry Braids
Reinvent the tried-and-true PB&J sandwich with these mess-free puff pastry braids.
Gluten-Free Banana Bread
Recipe: Gluten-Free Banana Bread
This gluten-free banana bread is a great snack option for any kids with dietary restrictions. Plus, it’s a great way to repurpose those overripe bananas!
Roasted Sweet Potato Hummus
Recipe: Roasted Sweet Potato Hummus
Sweet potato brings a gorgeous orange color to this homemade hummus. It pairs perfectly with pita bread or chips.
Alabama Fire Cracker Saltines
Recipe: Fire Crackers Recipe
This easy upgrade of store-bought crackers will be a new staple in your pantry.
Mini Tomato Sandwiches With Bacon Mayonnaise
There’s nothing more Southern than a classic tomato sandwich, and these miniature versions are perfect to pack for kids.
Tarragon Chicken Salad
Recipe: Tarragon Chicken Salad
We’ve been packing chicken salad in our lunchboxes for as long as we can remember. Serve this chicken salad in lettuce cups for a lighter twist.
Boiled Peanut Hummus
Recipe: Boiled Peanut Hummus
Switching out chickpeas for boiled peanuts adds wonderful nutty flavor to this packable hummus. Serve with a bag of carrot sticks, pita chips, or celery.
Peanut Butter-Chocolate Acorns
These whimsical acorn treats are perfect for the fall. Have your kids help with the simple assembly for a fun after-school activity!
Any-Berry Muffins with Cornmeal Streusel
Toss out the prebagged muffin bites for these delicious homemade treats. Make these muffins in a miniature muffin pan for fun bite-sized snacks!
Peanut Butter Dip
Recipe: Peanut Butter Dip
Pack a container of this dip alongside your choice of celery, crackers, apples, or if you want to add a treat, a chocolate cookie.
The Best Healthier Brownies
Recipe: The Best Healthier Brownies
Ditch the snack packs of processed desserts for this healthier take on brownies.
Berry Swirl Frozen Yogurt Bark
Recipe: Berry Swirl Frozen Yogurt Bark
We’d take this indulgent, colorful frozen yogurt bark over ice cream any day.
Cheddar Cheese Straws
Recipe: Cheddar Cheese Straws
Crispy, crunchy, and wonderfully cheesy, these cheese straws are the addictive snack of our childhood. Homemade with all-natural ingredients, they’re a preferred option to those bagged cheese snacks.
Blackberry-Oat Crumble Bars
Recipe: Blackberry-Oat Crumble Bars
With tart blackberry and a crumbly oat topping, these healthy bars taste deliciously decadent.
Recipe: Crack Crackers
All you need is a bit of seasoning to transform those drab cheese crackers into a crave-worthy snack.
Oven-Fried Zucchini Sticks
Recipe: Oven-Fried Zucchini Sticks
Your kid will no longer be craving French fries after tasting this healthy version of the fast-food classic.
Picnic Egg Salad
Recipe: Picnic Egg Salad
Egg salad is one of our go-to lunchbox classics, and spread on crackers or sliced bread, this Southern dish makes a great school snack.
Ranch Snacker Crackers
Recipe: Ranch Snacker Crackers
Cater to all those ranch-loving kids with this upgraded oyster cracker snack. A handful of these ranch snacker crackers is sure to satisfy.
Beet Pickled Eggs
Recipe: Beet Pickled Eggs
With a ribbon of pink color running through the egg whites, these stunning pickled eggs will be a festive addition to school snack time.
Cream Cheese-and-Walnut Stuffed Celery
Upgrade those boring celery sticks with smooth, tangy cream cheese and crunchy walnuts. Feel free to add raisins for a sweet and savory combination.
Tuna-Apple Mini Melts
Recipe: Tuna-Apple Mini Melts
When it comes to snack time, we love all things bite-sized. With the familiar flavors of canned tuna, apple, and melted cheese, these mini melts are kid-friendly.
Smoked Egg Salad Toasts
Recipe: Smoked Egg Salad Toasts
These versatile, elegant toast triangles can easily go from the school lunchbox to the afternoon tea tray.
Copycat Starbucks Bistro Boxes
Recipe: Copycat Starbucks Bistro Boxes
It’s important to hit all the food groups throughout the day, and these cute bistro boxes are the perfect way to combine cheese, fruit, and protein.