I called this snack ideas for kids, but truth is I love most of these snacks myself :-) I'm always looking for new snack ideas for the kids to keep things interesting and kids eating... Literally as I was writing this post, there was a dialogue about this
on one of my local mom's groups... its nice to know I'm not alone :-) So here are some of my favorite/most successful snack ideas these days (hopefully you'll share yours with me):
Smoothies! You know I love a green smoothie! Keep checking out Thirsty Thursdays on here for more ideas. And check out my full post on smoothies- including ideas to make them more appealing and portable for the kids!
Gorp- I've been a huge fan of gorp since I was a kid. My mom always mad big batches for us to snack on. I take a large slider storage bag and mix up the following:
* dry roasted unsalted peanuts
* raw almonds
* raisins and cranberries (or other dried fruits)
* "cheerios" of some sort.. I like to use Kashi O's...Heart to Heart Nutty Chia Flax Barley & Oat Cereal
* and a few dark chocolate chips
**But be creative! Add whatever your family will eat! Its a perfect go-to snack to have around the house.
Ham and Cheese rolls- as simple as it sounds, my kids love ham and cheese rolls... I literally just take a piece of ham (we tend to buy applegate all natural no nitrates ) place a slice of your favorite cheese on top and roll it up :-) Can't get much simpler than that for a protein fix.
Ants on a log - I did a post about these a couple weeks ago, they are a favorite, and really the only way my 3.5y/o will eat celery :-) Check it out
Carrots and/or graham cracker sticks with peanut butter for dip - Its as simple as it sounds... my kids love "dip" and peanut butter, so I put carrot sticks and graham crackers sticks (we love back to nature brand) with a little dish of peanut butter and its usually a hit.
Sweet Potato Tortilla Chips (we like food should taste good brand) with bean/corn dip or hummus- Again, my kids like dips, and of course chips...so this is a great snack for us.. I have a great black bean dip/salad recipe that they love (not spicy) I'll post that soon!
Energy balls- I got this recipe from a friend, and I ALWAYS keep this in the fridge as they are a easy on the go snack and treat for the kids (and myself and my husband too :-) ) I've seen lots of great variations on this that use almond butter or fruit... but you get the idea...
1/2c peanut butter
1/2c dark choc mini chips (optional)
1/4 cup raw coconut flakes
Mix all the above ingredients together until combined well. Roll spoonfuls of the mixtures into balls. Store in the fridge.
Muffins - My kids adore muffins (who doesn't) and they really think of them as a treat which is great. Muffins are also a favorite at my son's co-op, so I've been exploring alternative muffin recipes lately ... turns out there are a lot of great ones out there! Two of my favorites are My Mom's Muffins from the Pioneer woman and the Whole Spelt Pumpkin Muffins from 100 Days of Real Food. A friend just told me that she loads pureed or shredded veggies and fruits in her muffins; I can't wait to get ahold of that recipe... stay tuned!!
Yogurt Parfait - use plain yogurt add your favorite granola (or homemade) and raisins or fresh fruit
Banana bites- Love these and so simple.. We love nut butters in our house! So simple, just slice up a banana and top each slice with a little dolup of peanut butter or almond butter, yum!
Homemade bars- I'm a lara bar addict, so I've been looking for recipes to make my own. My favorite are the Homemade Energy Bars from Nutritionist Sara Sullivan, its a great recipe and one you can easily tweak. My kids also LOVE "bars" and constantly ask for them, so I try to keep a batch of these in the fridge or freezer.
Some of my favorite snack packaging:
Ziploc Divided Container
Freezer mop molds
reusable snack bags
silicone muffin cups - for more than muffins :-)
I'm Rebecca, a Maine mom of three energetic young boys and wife of a lobsterman, living in my favorite place, the coast of Maine. You'll find me here talking about my parenting journey, mom style, recipes, running and exercise, travel, stories from our life in Maine and so much more! Most days I'm just figuring it out as I go - Thanks so much for stopping by!