Healthy Snack Ideas for School Age Kids?

Updated on April 21, 2012
S.S. asks from Allen, TX
14 answers

Hello moms.

I need advice on some yummy things to give to my daughter to pack in her snack at school.
She gets burned out with the carrots and celery and fruit all the time. I don't like buying the processed junk at the stores. I would love to either make her some healthy snacks or get some recipes and or ideas for healthy snacks!

Thanks a bunch

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answers from Santa Fe on

A tortilla with cream cheese and jam wrapped up. red peppers, cauliflower, broccoli, grape tomatoes and ranch dip. hummus and pita bread and cucumber slices and feta cheese, brie with pear slices. nuts like cashews. sunflower seeds. apple slices or banana with peanut butter.

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answers from Los Angeles on

We do raw almonds, sting cheese, peanut butter & celery sticks, trail mix, granola bars, hard boiled eggs ...

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answers from Seattle on

How about pita chips and hummus? Homemade granola? Tortilla wraps?

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answers from Seattle on

How about chilled edamame or pickles for a salty snack. I always like salami and cheese with fruit slices. You can bake up wonton wrappers with cinnamon and sugar for a sweet, crispy treat. You can make your own granola to top a plain yogurt or make sweet toasted nuts, or spice them up with maple cayenne if she likes spicy things. I haven't made them but lots of people rave about baked kale chips. Costco sells single serving cups of humus which are great with all kinds of things, pretzels, carrots, cucumbers, peppers, baked pita chips (make your own, it's easy and WAY healthier than store bought). Hard boiled eggs are good. Anything you can put on a cracker -- small amount of chicken or tuna salad, cheese, peanut butter...

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answers from New York on

Make your own trail mix: Raisins, cranberries, almonds, peanuts. (If she is allergy-free!)

How about fruit salad? That would mix it up if you are just giving one fruit.

Whole grain pretzels?

Organic peanut butter to dip celery in?

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answers from Miami on

Tortilla scoops, grapes, frozen yogurt (but take them out int he morning and let them thaw just a bit or it might be to hard at lunch still), crackers with peanut , plain soup crackers (oyster crackers), granola bars

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answers from Washington DC on

Gogurt? Yogurt can be frozen and eaten later either frozen or mushy. Crackers and cheese? Other veg with dip (pepper slices, cucumbers, etc)? Hummus and crackers?

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answers from Provo on

We do sliced cucumbers and tuna salad for her to dip it in. If you want a healthier ranch dressing, you can get the powder and mix it in with greek yogurt. Be aware of any fruit yogurt/gogurts...the amount of sugar is obnoxious. Mixed nuts are good as is hummus and anything to dip in it. As a kid, I totally thought these were gross...but now I really like the organic brown rice lightly salted rice cakes :p. A hardboiled egg is good...we make homemade sushi and the kids adore that...I think there's probably some really good websites out there as well. I have found that I have to be somewhat picky because a lot of things claim to be 'healthy' but the amount of sugar is seriously crazy...both in recipes and storebought stuff! Good luck :)



answers from New York on

My daughter loves hummus on whole-grain crackers, cuc sticks w/ organic dressing, pickles, raw cauliflower w/ organic ranch dressing dip, raw almonds, home-made pumpkin bread and fully cooked brown rice "sushi" w/ veggies inside.

I did not think she would like the cauliflower,----so I washed it, cut it, and put it on a dish w/ dip on the side. I did not say a word. I ate it. She went over and tried it. We eat it all the time now. **I prefer it to dip it in Newmann's balsamic dressing.



answers from Killeen on

My daughter loves cucumbers with sauce made out of greek yogurt, lemon juice, garlic and dill.



answers from Pittsburgh on

DS is 6. We send him to school with fresh fruit (berries, apples, bananas, peaches, plums, pears, kiwis, clementines, etc), dried fruit (raisins, craisins, dried cherries, prunes, apricots), nuts (almonds mostly), veggies (green beans, sliced green or red peppers, celery, carrots, fresh peas, cauliflower, broccoli, edamame, seaweed salad), occasionally humus with brown rice crackers, occasionally fresh guacamole (it turns color so not that great if it won't be eaten quickly). There are so many different fruits and veggies that I don't see a problem with these being the great majority of his snacks.

We don't do all those 'healthy' prepackage granola type snacks (loaded with sugar even if they are organic) or a lot of baked goods (most quick breads like banana and zucchini bread are loaded with sugar and often fat). If we do yogurt, we do plain and add fresh chopped fruit. The fruit yogurt (also the vanilla) is LOADED with sugar (yup, the organic and 'kid friendly' kinds too).



answers from Philadelphia on

I'd try for great recipe ideas. If you're on facebook you can follow her and she posts her son's lunch everyday so you could get ideas there too.



answers from Denver on

Try this website for lots of healthy snack ideas. I made the banana bread last night and my 3yr old has eaten four slices in 2 days. I thought it was a bit dry (top with butter or apple sauce maybe).

For after school snacks we cheat with Justin's nut butters in sachets. $0.59 each but none of it is wasted so that's good value to me.
Also Alexis bake at home ' all natural' rolls with a smear of mashed avocado is popular. Bake for rolls 10mins in a toaster oven.



answers from Minneapolis on

One of our favorites is homemade fruit and nut bars. I grind 1 cup of nuts in my food processor, then set them aside. I grind up 1 cup of dried fruit and put it in the same bowl with the nuts. Sometimes I add chocolate chips, coconut, or cinnamon... or all three. Mix thoroughly and spread it out on a waxed paper lined baking sheet. Chill for a few hours, then cut.

We also love hard boiled eggs, lunchmeat rollups with pickles, black olives, or trail mix with deried fruit, pretzels, chocolate chips, cereal, and popcorn.

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