If you’re in a snack rut for yourself or your kids, try these healthy and easy snacks that your entire family will love!
Every afternoon when my kids get home from school, my kids and I sit down together to eat a snack and play a game. (You can see our favorite games in this post).
As you guys know, I’ve been making a lot of health changes in the last year. But the hardest part has been getting my family on board. I’m sure you mamas can relate — my kids are like most…chicken nuggets and fruit snacks FOR LYFE.
We were totally stuck in a rut with food in our house, especially these afternoon snacks, but I’ve been doing a healthy meal plan this past month, and since snacks are included in the meal plan, I’ve been pushed to make healthier snacks for the whole family. And guess what?! THEY LOVE THEM and gobble them right up.
Cue the Hallelujah Chorus.
So these are our top 14 healthy snacks that are quick and easy to make, and my kids and I all love them.
14 Easy and Healthy Snacks your Whole Family Will Love
- Apples with cinnamon. We just chop them up into bite sized pieces and then toss with a few sprinkles of cinnamon. I like to put chopped walnuts on mine, the boys like to put a pinch of brown sugar on theirs.
- Skinny Pop Popcorn. We buy the giant size bag at Costco and it’s a great alternative to the buttery microwavable stuff. Four cups of this is only 150 calories, so I happily take a large bowl.
- Pretzels with Peanut Butter and Banana. We like the standard twisted pretzels with a little dollop of peanut butter, and a slice of banana on top. Usually I serve them deconstructed on a plate and they go to town building their own little pretzel creations.
- Grilled peaches. This is a new favorite! We don’t have a grill pan, and we don’t bother to go out and use the big grill — I just roast them in a stainless steel pan. Melt a little butter or coconut oil in the pan, cut the peaches in half and remove the pit, and then place them face side down into the sizzling butter. Grill for about 3-4 minutes on medium heat, then flip, sprinkle with cinnamon (and brown sugar if you’d like), and grill for another 3-4 minutes. DELICIOUS.
- Boiled Eggs with Everything But The Bagel Seasoning. If you haven’t tried this seasoning from Trader Joes (that you can also find on Amazon if you don’t live near a Trader Joe’s!), you must try it. I’ve been putting it on everything from salads to chicken to quinoa, but especially on my boiled eggs. Also I’ve perfected how to boil eggs (!!): Put them all in a pot, fill pot with water covering about an inch higher than the eggs. Cover and cook over the stove with high heat until it comes to a rolling boil. As soon as it’s a rolling boil, remove it from heat and keep it covered for 10 minutes. Transfer to an ice bath to stop cooking. Store in the fridge for up to 5 days. Perfectly cooked and easy to peel!
- Kale Chips. I bought some Kale Chips a few weeks ago, but so many of you suggested making them myself. Just remove the thick kale stems, toss kale leaves in a teaspoon or two of olive oil and some salt, and bake for 15 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit. So easy and so good!
- Edemame. You can buy this at most grocery stores in the refrigerated section by the lettuce and spinach, and it’s an easy snack to take on the go. We love sliding the little beans out of the pod with our teeth!
- Peanut Butter and Apples. This is one of my very favorites. The mix of salty peanut butter and juicy, sweet apple is just so good. I started using PB2 Fit Powder instead of regular peanut butter a few months ago because it’s way lower in sugar and calories, and I love it. Just scoop a few spoonfuls of powder into a small bowl, mix with a bit of water until you get your desired consistency, and then scoop it up with your apples.
- Nuts and Fruit. We love pistachios, almonds, cashews, peanuts, and other nuts in our house. Typically when I give my kids nuts for a snack, I serve them with a bowl of fruit, like grapes, melon, or berries.
- Veggies and Hummus. My favorite hummus is the traditional one from Trader Joe’s. We dip carrots, cucumbers, celery, and bell peppers in it. Quick and healthy!
- Kodiak Cakes. My kids love pancakes, and we recently tried Kodiak Cakes after hearing so many great things about them. I like to cook a huge batch, toss them in the freezer in a ziploc bag, and then defrost them in the toaster at snack time. Saves tons of time and it makes them perfectly crispy and warm again! We dip them in yogurt, or spread peanut butter and honey on them.
- Muffins. I’ve gotten out of the habit of making muffins regularly, but they’re one of my kid’s favorite snacks (or an easy thing to toss in their lunchbox instead of a sandwich). I make banana or pumpkin muffins (and you can easily cut down the sugar, and sub out the butter or oil with apple sauce or greek yogurt!), and cook them in a mini muffin pan so they’re a perfect bite size. We also toss these in the freezer and then defrost in the microwave for a few seconds at snack time. In a bag in the fridge they get a little gooey!
- Energy Bites. These are one of my kids favorite snacks ever, and I try to always have a bag of them in the freezer. They’re made of peanut butter, oats, and flax, so they’re dense and filling, and fuel little boys like no other. My husband and I love them too! We use this recipe from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe, and sometimes add chocolate chips or butterscotch chips if I’m feeling like a particularly kind mom.
- Veggie Straws + Chips. We love getting the big bag of veggie straws from Costco, but recently someone suggested the veggie chips that come in a can like Pringles and after trying them we were instantly hooked! They’re made of good ingredients, and they’re so yummy.
If you have any other great snack ideas, leave a comment and let us know!
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