30 Healthy Snacks for Kids

Fun, healthy snacks kids love

Vegetarian Oven-Baked Cheese and Bell Pepper Quesadillas

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Kids want fun, great-tasting snacks, and you want to feed them something that's delicious but also healthy. We've got everyone covered with this collection of the best healthy snack ideas for kids. You'll find great recipes here that don't require too many ingredients, including some easy enough for kids to make themselves. All are guaranteed to taste good, and make healthful alternatives to packaged snack foods.

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    Baked Vegan Sweet Potato Fries

    Baked Vegan Sweet Potato Fries

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    Ultra-crispy and nicely-spiced, these sweet potato fries are sure to become a household favorite. They make a great, vegan-friendly afternoon snack, and are also low in fat, because you bake them instead of frying.

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    Mini Cheese Bug Snacks

    Mini Cheese Bug Snacks

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    Younger kids will squeal over these adorable "bug" snacks that need just four ingredients, and contain a good dose of calcium and vegetables. Get kids to help you assemble them, using baby cheese rounds, cherry tomatoes, and cucumbers, plus mini-pretzel rods for the "antennae".

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    Vegan Black Bean Guacamole

    Vegan Black Bean Guacamole

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    Kids will love using tortilla chips to scoop up this fresh, creamy, homemade guacamole, and parents will appreciate that it includes an extra protein boost from canned black beans. Use lemon or lime juice, and feel free to skip the cilantro, for this popular snack that's ready in minutes.

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    Homemade Veggie Chips

    Homemade Veggie Chips

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    Making your own, healthy, delicious, preservative-free vegetable chips at home is easier than you think. All you need are root vegetables, some oil, and simple seasonings. Recipe includes tips for baking or frying.

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    Banana "Ice Cream"

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    If you've never tried making healthy and nutritious "ice cream" from nothing but frozen bananas, this popular kid recipe for the food processor will blow your mind. No added sugar is needed to transform frozen fruit into a rich, creamy, iced dessert that is guaranteed to delight kids. It's so easy, older kids can make it themselves.

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    Pita Bread Pizza

    Pita Bread Pizza

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    Give your kids a fun kitchen project with this super-easy pita pizza recipe. Just set up pita rounds, jarred sauce, shredded cheese, and your chosen toppings buffet style, and allow kids' imagination to take over. Then bake their creations, for the perfect movie-watching snack.

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    5-Minute Cheddar Cheese Popcorn

    5-Minute Cheddar Cheese Popcorn

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    Start with microwave popcorn to make savory, cheesy snacking popcorn with real cheddar cheese. Add a bit of butter, and you've got an easy munchable that kids can graze on while playing board games, or watching their favorite shows.

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    Crispy Baked Chicken Tenders

    Crispy Baked Chicken Tenders

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    Crispy, oven-baked chicken tenders have all the crunch kids crave in restaurant-style chicken fingers, with none of the added fat. Crushed croutons do a great job of mimicking that fried texture kids know and love. Bake them up in minutes, for a satisfying afternoon snack.

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    Easy Tuna Melts

    Easy Tuna Melts

    Diana Rattray

    Everyone enjoys a classic tuna melt sandwich. They're easy to make with common pantry ingredients, including canned tuna and sliced cheese. Older kids can assemble these yummy, open-faced sandwiches themselves, using a toaster oven or your oven's broiler.

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    Mixed Berry Smoothie

    Mixed Berry Smoothie

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    Smoothies are a great way to get fruit into kids, and make nutrition taste like a treat. Kids will have fun helping you make these yummy, filling blender beverages that need only 3 ingredients, including bagged frozen berries, orange juice, and plain yogurt.

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    Peanut Butter Banana Roll-Ups

    Peanut Butter Banana Roll-Ups

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    You need only 5 ingredients to make these easy, kid-pleasing tortilla roll-ups. Toasting them quickly in a skillet melts the peanut butter, and softens the banana into a ooey, gooey treat that's great for afternoon snack attacks, or a healthy breakfast to start the day.

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    Easy Vegan Bruschetta

    Easy Vegan Bruschetta

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    Mom and dad will want to get in on this tasty, nutritious snack. Vegan bruschetta is as simple to make as piling diced tomatoes, basil, and a little olive oil atop grilled bread slices.Top with salt, and serve anytime for a healthy snack.

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    Classic Deviled Eggs

    Classic Deviled Eggs

    Diana Rattray

    You may think of deviled eggs as a classic party appetizer, but they also make a popular, portable, protein-packed snack for kids. Make them with hard-boiled eggs, and a simple, creamy filling of mayonnaise, salt, and a little mustard.

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    Low-Calorie Banana Bread

    Low-Calorie Banana Bread

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    This banana bread with applesauce is sweet, moist, and cake-like, but uses half the sugar and butter of traditional recipes, making it a healthier option for kids. Serve it as a treat for breakfast, or a yummy snack anytime of day. Freezes well, up to 3 months.

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    Healthy Milk and Cereal Breakfast Bars

    Healthy Milk and Cereal Breakfast Bars

    Leah Maroney

    Greek yogurt and boxed cereal are all it takes to make these delicious, healthy milk and cereal treats that come together in the freezer. Get kids to help you prep them, and freeze overnight, for an easy breakfast on-the-go, or anytime snack.

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    Chicken Quesadillas

    Chicken Quesadillas

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    Use leftover chicken to make these yummy, filling, four-ingredient chicken quesadillas. They are a snap to prepare in 10 minutes on the stovetop, and older kids can do it themselves, filling flour tortillas with chicken and cheese, for pan-toasting until golden-brown.

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    Pizza Wrap Sandwiches

    Pizza Wrap Sandwiches

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    Kids love pizza—and you'll like how quick and easy it is to prepare delicious, quesadilla-style pizza sandwiches on a baking sheet in the oven. Start with flour tortillas, jarred spaghetti sauce, and shredded cheese, adding your favorite pizza toppings to taste.

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    Mini Crustless Spinach and Mushroom Quiches

    Mini Crustless Spinach and Mushroom Quiches

    Diana Rattray

    You only need eggs, cheese, onion, and frozen spinach to create these tasty, healthy quiche bites. Spoon lightly-sauteed ingredients into muffin tins, and bake until set, for an easy, on-the-go snack. Freeze them up to a month, stored in airtight baggies, for kids to microwave (60 to 90 seconds) at snacking time.

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    Roasted Chickpeas

    Roasted Chickpeas

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    Turn canned chickpeas into a tasty, crunchy snack for kids by roasting them in the oven. Simply drizzle with a little vegetable oil, sprinkle with salt and spices, and bake until golden-brown and crispy. Store up to a week (if they last that long), in an airtight container on the counter.

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    Tuna and Egg Salad

    Tuna and Egg Salad

    Diana Rattray

    This easy, creamy tuna and egg salad recipe transforms everyday staples into a healthy lunch or filling snack for kids. Pile it atop split buns, toasted bread, or roll it up in lettuce leaves, adding pickles or chips on the side to round out plates.

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    Banana Oatmeal Cookies

    Banana Oatmeal Cookies

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    Who says you can't have cookies for breakfast? These healthy, bite-sized treats are filled with mashed banana, rolled oats, and chopped walnuts. Serve them for a fun morning treat, or a satisfying afternoon snack with a glass of milk.

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    Vegetarian Oven-Baked Cheese and Bell Pepper Quesadillas

    Vegetarian Oven-Baked Cheese and Bell Pepper Quesadillas

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    Cheesy, Tex-Mex quesadillas are always a hit with kids. These quick and easy vegetarian quesadillas with bell pepper strips are oven-baked instead of pan-fried, for excellent crispiness, without the fat or oil of fried versions.

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    Avocado Toast

    Avocado Toast

    Leah Maroney

    In less than 5 minutes, with just a few ingredients, you can assemble the perfect, creamy, crunchy avocado toast for kids to eat at breakfast, or anytime they need a healthy, filling snack. Feel free to use whatever bread you have on hand, and skip the red pepper flakes if your kids don't like spice.

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    Perfect, 3-Ingredient Grilled Cheese Sandwich

    Perfect, 3-Ingredient Grilled Cheese Sandwich

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    You need only three ingredients, including pre-sliced American cheese, for the perfect grilled cheese sandwich. It makes a great lunch or snack for the whole family, and older kids can prepare it themselves easily on the stovetop.

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    Oven-Dried Apple Slices

    Oven-Dried Apple Slices

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    Make good use of a bag of apples with this easy recipe for sweet, dried apple snacks. They're great for curbing hunger at any time of day, and keep well on the counter up to two months, stored in mason jars or airtight glass containers.

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    Vegan Strawberry Banana Smoothie

    Vegan Strawberry Banana Smoothie

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    Use your blender to whip up a batch of thick and creamy vegan strawberry banana smoothies for the fridge, so kids can help themselves to a satisfying snack at any time of day. The easy, nutritious recipe includes fresh or frozen fruit, orange juice concentrate, and vanilla soy milk.

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    Hummus Sandwich

    Hummus Sandwich

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    With just a loaf of bread (or pita bread rounds), some store-bought hummus, and whatever crispy veggies you have on hand, you can make yummy hummus sandwiches to fill up kids' tummies between meals. They are easy enough for older kids to assemble, and include lots of healthy vegetable protein.

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    Honey Roasted Peanuts

    Honey Roasted Peanuts

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    Crunchy, honey-roasted peanuts are a great TV-watching snack for kids and adults alike. Cinnamon and vanilla extract are the secret ingredients that make these oven-roasted nuts extra-special.

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    Raspberry Fruit Snacks

    Raspberry Fruit Snacks

    Leah Maroney

    Fruit jellies don't have to be full of sugar and artificial preservatives. These delicious raspberry fruit snacks are full of real fruit (use fresh or frozen), a little maple syrup, and gelatin to thicken. They also include sneaky carrots for extra sweetness—but we won't tell your kids if you don't!

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    Wholesome Low-Calorie Oat Granola Bars

    Wholesome Low-Calorie Oat Granola Bars

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    Go one better than commercial granola bars and make your own, healthy, additive-free granola bars at home. Packed with wholesome ingredients, and no unpronounceable additives, they make delicious, healthy treats for hungry kids, and are easy to make in about 30 minutes.