It’s important to have healthy snacks for kids on hand. Kids seem to be constantly hungry. While it’s easy to let them snack on things like bread or fruit snacks, easy snacks aren’t always the healthiest.
Of course, it can be difficult to prep healthy food 100% of the time. You’re busy, and healthy food takes time.
When kids are young, it’s also important to start setting a standard of healthy eating. This is the time for kids to develop good snacking habits. The foods they eat now will become their go-to comfort foods as adults.
Plus, the time you spend together in the kitchen gives you the opportunity to make more precious memories with your kids.
Delicious, Easy, & Healthy Snacks for Kids
This is why Go Au Pair asked cooking experts to contribute recipes for the best healthy snacks for kids.
Whether you need snacks for a day at the park, or the kids just need a little boost during homework time, these snacks are quick, easy, and delicious.
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For Busy Mornings
Save yourself from scrambling to prep healthy snacks every day. These recipes can be made ahead. Plus, they’re so simple, you can easily prep enough to last the entire week.
Gluten-Free Chocolate Banana Muffins
If your kids love chocolate, these muffins are the perfect healthy treat. The recipe makes 18 muffins, so depending on how many kids you’re feeding, they could last all week!
This recipe can be made with regular flour if you don’t need a gluten-free recipe. Get the recipe here.
Easy Banana Overnight Oats
Full of nutrition that will help the kids get through the day, this recipe is both vegan-friendly and gluten-free. If your kids don’t like oatmeal, they might reconsider after trying these overnight oats! Get the recipe here.
For Kids with Dietary Needs
It can be challenging to find healthy snacks for kids with dietary needs. These easy, delicious recipes make snack time a little less complicated.
Gluten-Free Mini Blueberry Muffins
Even if you don’t have to worry about gluten, these mini muffins are delicious and super easy to make. Whip these up for the perfect on-the-go bite or after-school snack. Get the recipe.
Easy Instant Pot Hummus
This insta-hummus is a flavorful way to get the kids to eat healthy food. It’s the perfect snack for vegan families or kids who are lactose-intolerant. Eat it with pita bread or use it as a vegetable dip! Get the recipe here.
Quick, “Hidden Veggie” Mac & Cheese
Do you struggle to get the kids to eat their vegetables? This Mac & Cheese recipe gets it creaminess from vegetables, making it one of the best healthy snacks for kids. And the best part? They won’t even know the veggies are there! Get the recipe.
For School Lunches and After-School Snacks
When kids eat better at school, they learn better and come home less grouchy. Surprise the kids with these adorable snacks for school lunches.
(Hint: Au Pairs, delight your Host Family by preparing these healthy snacks for your Host Kids!)
Not-Your-Mom’s Ants on a Log
Kids hate “Ants on a Log”? Try a “Snail on a Trail” instead!
For this snack, you’ll need celery, apples, peanut butter, pretzels, and mini chocolate chips (or anything else you can use to decorate the snail’s face). If your kids are extra picky, try honey peanut butter. This snack is so cute and delicious, it might just become their new favorite!
Photo Credit: Two Chums
Most kids see apples a-plenty between home and school. Here’s a fun way to turn this commonplace fruit into something more exciting! All you need is one apple, one pretzel stick, two mini marshmallows and chocolate chips for the eyes, and a mandarin orange for the beak and feet.
Photo Credit: Kitchen Fun With My 3 Sons
Try These Recipes & Share Them With Each Other!
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Host Parents– share this blog post with your Au Pair for some fun ideas!
Au Pairs– share this blog post with other Au Pairs, especially if they recently arrived in the USA & might benefit from snack ideas for their Host Kids.
Meet the amazing moms who shared their delicious recipes with us!
The Butter Half
Abbey shares nourishing and easy gluten-free recipes and wellness tips for the family. Her goal is to provide resources, knowledge, and tips to help people achieve their ultimate wellness goals. She wants every family to live their best life through nutritious food!