Monday, August 12, 2013

Snack Ideas

When it comes to snack times, I am often at a loss as to what to give my kids or I find us stuck in a snack rut. So, here are a few easy and healthy snack ideas for those days when you're not sure what to give your hungry monster!

Cheese: string cheese or Sargento makes Mickey Mouse shaped small pieces of cheese that the kids love.
Crackers: I prefer to buy the whole grain crackers, but the kids especially love Cheez-Its Scrabble crackers and Gold Fish crackers.
Cauliflower: none of my kids or daycare kids are fans of cauliflower, but I put it on their plates every once in a while and sure enough they try it every time. I'm confident one of these times they'll try it and keep eating it.
Fruit cup: We buy the large Del Monte packs from Sam's Club. While it's not organic, it is packaged in 100% fruit juice rather than syrup.
Apple slices
Dole fruit freeze: found in with the canned fruit, these are ones you need to freeze yourself. These are a good alternative to popsicles as they are 100% fruit and a great summertime treat for the kids.
Applesauce: I am not a big fan of applesauce because it doesn't fill the kids up and has more sugar than apple slices. I don't serve applesauce often, but when I do, the kids tend to think it's a treat.
Watermelon: I like serving this summertime snack on hot days after outside time. Helps keep them hydrated after all of that running and playing!
Grapes: I like to freeze grapes and let the kids eat them when they're semi-dethawed. Makes for a good summertime snack after the kids have been running around outside.

Sample of today's afternoon snack: Mickey Mouse shaped cheese, crackers, carrot sticks, mixed fruit, served with water to drink.

Any kind of fruit in slices: Pretty much any kind of fruit cut into slices is a go! Oranges, pears, peaches, etc.
Summer sausage or pepperoni : I like to pair this with cheese and crackers for afternoon snack.
Veggie chips: I found these once in the health food section at Aldi's. No joke, Aldi's has an excellent and way inexpensive organic section! These were actually veggie chips with no additives. I haven't been able to find these since, but all of the kids LOVED them so if you can find them, rock on!
Simply Balanced Fruit Snacks: 100% healthy, 100% yummy! Healthier option for fruit snacks. I like to keep these in the diaper bag for an on the go option.
Cheerios: A baby's first finger food is still a favorite snack among the toddler, preschool, and grade school age group too!
Broccoli Slaw: Trader Joe's sells a pre-bagged organic broccoli slaw that the kids love! I often give it as a side for lunch, but I've also given it for snack time too. The kids call it their "special salad."
Snack Mix: Max is allergic to peanuts, so I like to make a Max friendly snack mix. Cheerios, sunflower seeds, Craisins, raisins, granola (must read granola packaging because sometimes it can be mixed with nuts. I prefer the Sun Valley 100% dark chocolate granola. Not organic, but peanut free and safe for Maxie), chocolate chips, and sometimes, as a treat, some M&M's thrown in. This makes for a good on the go snack or a decent morning snack for the kids.
Muffins: Pack em' full of fruit and oatmeal and you have a healthy mid-morning snack.
Popcorn: Not an everyday snack, but great for our special movie days. Don't get buttered and it's a tad healthier for the kiddies.

I'd love to hear any snack ideas other mommies have! I'm always on the look out for peanut free, healthy snacks for the kids.


  1. When I read this blog I thought of a snack I make for myself and I remember having when I was kid; basically it's my mom's recipe for homemade granola bars- which based on quantity, is better than buying them and a healthy snack.

    Without further ado, Granola breakfast bars:

    2c oats, uncooked
    1c flour
    3/4 c packed brown sugar
    3/4 c raisins
    1/2 c toasted wheat germ (opt- and I never use)
    3/4 tsp salt
    3/4 tsp cinnamon
    1/2 cup vegetable oil
    1/2 c honey
    2 tsp vanilla
    1 lg egg

    Preheat oven 350. Grease 9x13 pan, line w/ foil, grease foil (VERY IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER TO GREASE BOTH :-). In lg bowl combine the dry ingredients. Stir in oil and other ingreds. With wet hand, pat into pan. Bake 30-35 min. Cool completely. Transfer to cutting board and slice.

    Such YUMMINESS!!!

  2. That sounds amazing!!! Trying this tomorrow...without the wheat germ as well=)