Get inspired with a list of different snack ideas for kids that will satisfy and nourish them. Learn why snacks can be so useful and get my printable healthy snack list so you stay creative and inspired.
“What are some good snack ideas for kids?”
This is truthfully one of the most frequent questions I am asked as a child nutritionist. And a big reason why I wrote my book, The Smart Mom’s Guide to Healthy Snacking.
Given the trends around snacking in U.S. children, it’s no wonder parents are looking for healthy, fresh ideas.
In the course of my career, I’ve written many, many snack lists for many, many children and their families.
In this article, you’ll get my insight on why snacks can be an advantageous and useful part of your child’s diet, with some easy healthy snacks for kids on my printable list.
The Advantages of a Snack List for Kids
The truth is, we all tend to gravitate to the same old, same old when it comes to snacks and snacking.
Chips, crackers, cookies, maybe the occasional apple…
With the recent New York Times article describing the addictive nature of junk food, I thought it would be helpful to brainstorm some kid snack ideas you can use in your home.
Why do I like a list of snack ideas for kids? There are many reasons:
1. Expose Your Child to New Kid Snack Ideas
Having a snack list allows your child to see he doesn’t have to go for chips, cookies and crackers all the time.
He can see the possibilities for yummy, nutritious snacks and look forward to snacks throughout the week.
2. Increase Snack Food Variety
The more snack ideas you have, the more snack food options you can offer.
More variety increases the likelihood of more nutrition, not to mention widening the flavor palate (as long as you follow the 90-10 Rule for sweets and treats).
3. Give Your Child a Choice
I developed this snack idea list for families in my private practice a long time ago. I a printable healthy snack list so parents and children could review and decide together which snacks to serve for the week.
A child can simply circle the snacks that sound interesting and good to eat.
Easy Healthy Kid Snacks
The scramble after school for good snacks is real.
When kids come home, they’re hungry. Sometimes they’re hangry.
Many kids need a snack break before they take on the chore of homework.
Other kids are re-fueling with a snack before they head out for sports practice.
Regardless of what your child is doing after school, having some healthy options at the ready helps everyone.
Not having a game plan for snacks and watching your child raid the pantry, the fridge, or have a meltdown.
51 Snack Ideas for Kids Printable
I’ve created the printable below which you can download for free. Here’s the most effective way to use, as I see it:
- Have your child run through these snack ideas and circle the ones that seem enticing to him.
- Include some of these on your grocery list and in your weekly plan for food.
- Keep a rotation of nutritious snacks in your weekly meal plan and add a few new ones every now and then.
What’s your favorite snack to serve your child?
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Enjoy podcasts? I’ve talked about snacks for kids on The Nourished Child too!
This post was updated in December 2020.