Seeking Healthy Snacks

Updated on March 16, 2012
S.B. asks from Mesa, AZ
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Hi there, I am looking for some suggestions on some healthy snacks for my 2 boys. Unfortunately our 4 yr old does not like fruit. :( Does anyone have some other healthy snack ideas other than goldfish and pretzels? Thank you for taking time to read my request.

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D.T.

answers from Tucson on

We do Mozzerella cheese cut into squares and then put chow mein (hard dry noodles) in them for antenas and legs and raisins for eyes:-)

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R.H.

answers from Yuma on

My daughter used to love honey nut cheerios and sometimes I would mix 1/3 cup cheerios with 2 Table spoons of raisins and she loved it. Peanut butter cracker were also a big hit. Hope this helps a bit.

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K.R.

answers from Phoenix on

my kids love to do the ants on a log. Celery with peanut butter and rasins. Also in the kraft food and family magazine this month they had a couple of cute ideas. One was to cut an apple in half and put strawberry cream cheese on it then dip it in fruity pebbles. My kids love to do that one. or cheese and crackers with juice. we sometimes make corn muffins from the jiffy box. trail mix is good too. good luck

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I.W.

answers from Phoenix on

how about homemade granola? old fashioned oats, nuts, wheat germ are mixed in with cinammon and nutmeg. then you melt butter, add honey, mix everything together and bake at 300 until golden on a baking sheet sprayed with pam. immediately put in airtight container and perhaps you can sneak in some dried fruit. it's great with milk, plain yogurt sweetened with honey or just plain.

canned tuna in olive oil put in the food processor with cream cheese, a bit of mayo, mustard and a garlic clove. this could be used as sandwich spread, for lettuce wraps, over healthy whole grain crackers or on celery sticks.

homemade hummus, made with chickpeas,olive oil, salt, fresh garlic, tahini and cilantro is another healthy dip alternative to the ranch dip!

roast/bake a variety of nuts with a mixture of melted butter, lea and perrins sauce on 300 degree oven til golden.

make quesadillas with trader joe's homemade tortillas, their 3-cheese mix and add healthy ham brand ham slices cut into strips.

english muffin half with canadian bacon round, cheese slice and tomato, grilled on a toaster oven.

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M.H.

answers from San Francisco on

DIY Ganola Bars:
Here is our Well Kiddos kid's recipe and how to:
http://www.wellkiddos.com/2012/02/14/diy-granola-bars-eas...
Enjoy :-)

And here are some more ideas:
What I consider when packing a snack:

When I pack snacks , I am often disturbed by the thought of where the waste will go, despite recycling and greener packaging, when refuse is tossed where is away actually?
To reduce garbage I use small kid size containers, BPA free, washable, easy to open and close, spill proof (please see coupon from Kids Konserve) ; I often reuse small glass jars.
A snack is nothing else then a small meal: veggies, fruit, cheese, yogurt, small sandwich, almond butter and bananas on whole grain bread (not whole wheat), lettuce leaves with guacamole as a dip are great and kid approved choices in my family.

Treats and “party foods” are not snacks: Cookies, pieces of cake, donuts, Nutella breads, graham crackers, fishies, fruit leathers and pretzels. These are “fillers” and not nutritiously valuable.
Foods with artificial colors and flavors and genetically modified ingredients are never seen in our food bags. Keep your snack choices free of artificial colors and flavors and genetically modified ingredients. If you are strapped for time, money and creativity here are a few quick ideas:

Bite sized homemade muffins (zucchini, pumpkin, banana)
Refillable water bottle
My little one loves olives and gherkin pickles.
Leftovers
Rice and beans
Sunflower seeds or pistachios
Fruit skewers
Homemade apple sauce (or organic store bought)
Banana slices with almond butter dollops
Cheese cubes
Hard boiled eggs
Hummus dip and tortillas/ whole grain bread cubes
http://www.wellkiddos.com/newsletters/healthy-snacking-he...

Enjoy!!

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G.V.

answers from Phoenix on

Hi S.,

Do you feed your boys sweets (including sweet breakfast cereal? If yes, that is why your 4 year old won't eat fruit. If this is the case, I recommend changing their diet. They may not like it at first; but they'll eventually eat what you give them.

If you don't typically give them sweet foods, you can try hiding fruit in yogurt, oatmeal, or cereal. You can also try cooking (on the stove) or grilling the fruit, or blending it in a smoothie form.

Fruits and Veggies are ESSENTIAL to get your children to eat. I would make it "non-negotiable".

Some other snack choices:

•Shredded Carrots
•Sugar Snap Peas
•Grape Tomatoes
•Plain Organic Yogurt w/ Agave Nectar (can add granola and/or fruit)
•Apples or Celery dipped in Peanut Butter
•Organic Brow Rice Cakes w/ Almond butter and Honey or Agave Nectar (and a pinch of salt)
•Home-made Smoothie (you can sneak lots of things in a smoothie)
•Sweet Potato Fries (cooked in coconut oil or olive oil w/ a little salt & garlic)
•Shredded Zucchini w/ lemon juice, garlic, salt, & olive oil

Good Luck!
G.

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R.A.

answers from San Diego on

So many answers are about sugary snacks-yoghurt covered raisins are almost all sugar! Try edamame in the shell -- we call them "poppers" because the kids can pop the beans out of the shell. Quesadilla's can be cut into little bites (try slipping a few spinach leaves in). If you can get them to expect some green in their food, they will become teenagers who'll eat some veggies.

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L.D.

answers from Albuquerque on

Got these from a friend...

Banana bites:
1. slice a banana into one inch chunks
2. roll chunks in honey or I used Agave Nectar
3. roll coated chunks in wheat germ
Mack liked to eat these using a toothpick.

Mini-bagel sandwiches:
1. toast a mini-bagel
2. spread light coating of peanut or almond butter on each half
3. slice a granny smith apple so that it is in the shape of a circle - slices should be fairly thin
4. top with a slice of sharp cheddar cheese
5. put in toaster over or under broiler until cheese is melted and browned
As an extra flavor treat - spread a light coating of jelly with the peanut or almond butter before other toppings are added.

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B.D.

answers from Phoenix on

My 5 yr old daughter loves yogurt covered raisins. She thinks they are chocolate, and I just let her keep thinking that they are. Also trail mix might be a good option.

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J.B.

answers from Detroit on

hi there,
i have a hard time getting my daughter to eat most veggies and she likes fruit but i have been hiding stuff in her muffins, i do buy the bag ones like martha white, but whole grain or try to make my own so i control thesugar etc but i use either baby food puree, or these fruitesi found that acutally have fruit and veggie puree together and i just hide it in the wildberry muffin mix or any muffin mix that is.. she had no idea she was eating spinich the other day and i ate some and they tasted like wildberry muffins!!! thats how i sneak stuff in :) hope this helps... ps i never liked fruit as a baby and still have to force myself to eat it.. but one way i do eat it is my sister takes berrys, grapes watermelon, strawberrys etc and pours fresca over them in a bowl and let it sit then when you eat it it tastes good you just scoop out the fruit when your ready, its even fizzy.... i love it!!!!!!!!!!!

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A.T.

answers from Flagstaff on

My four-year old is also picky about fruits. Healthy snacks that she loves now and has loved in the past (changes all the time) include: hard-boiled eggs with the hard yolk pulled out, avocado, carrot sticks, yogurt, cheese (sticks, cut up, and even shredded and eaten with a spoon), cooked veggies (peas, broccoli, green beans), and edamame (she loves to push out the little soy beans).

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G.D.

answers from Flagstaff on

i also have picky eaters. i have found that there are dozens of great snacks, we just have to have time to prepare them. organic yogurts are great, they even have squeezables. vegetables are also great, carrots, raisens, nuts, some dried fruits have sugar added so you could mix them in with nuts. organic cereals, popcorn, rice cakes, applesauce, cheese sticks, celery with peanut butter...
i have found with particularly my son, the more that i present the foods he doesn't like, the more he begins to like them. for instance, he can have his pizza for dinner if he eats the apple first...now he loves apples (specifically pink ladies)
i "hide" food in dips, (corn chips and salsa, corn chips and guacomole), smoothies always work. peanut butter covered apples. cut apples thin, place in frying pan with small bit of butter and cinnamin...go on line there's tons of ideas...
i think giving kids the option of eating something healthy or waiting for meals and not snacks can also work...
i also suggest that just because he doesn't like oranges one day, to try another day (sometimes the orange is sour or the strawberry is too tart) pick seasonal fruits and eat when they are completely ripe.

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Z.P.

answers from Phoenix on

I don't know if this will work, but there are some snacks I got at COSTCO that where great. They were freeze dried fruit. So if your son doesn't like fruit becuase of the texture this may work. It was crunchy like potatoe chips but there were apples, peaches and pears. My kids love them. COSTCO also has "healhty handfuls" which are snacks. There are organic cookies, and cheese crackers in that one. Home made fruit juice popsicles a great during the summer. Kids love to dip things. Some carrots sticks, cucumber pieces, and other veggies with ranch or peanut butter may work.

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S.F.

answers from Tucson on

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C.S.

answers from Phoenix on

Most 4 yr olds love the concept of "ants on a log". (Celery filled with nut butter...almond is my preference....with raisins lined across the top.

The 2 yr old I work with as a nanny loves "Mary's Gone Crackers" crackers that are full of nutrition, including Omega 3.

Apple siices with nut butter smeared on them, or used as "dips" is also one of his favorites. (Sometimes this is so "disguised" they dont realize it as the fruit they dont like.)

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K.L.

answers from Phoenix on

Hi S. B,

I suggest raisins or craisins. They seem like candy. I also just started buying the Kraft Cheese cubes. They are a great snack for everyone. I don't know if you have tried banana with peanut butter, but that may be a way to hide the fruit. My son also loves peanuts.

Good Luck!

K.

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J.J.

answers from Phoenix on

Hi S., My kids go to a school where they are allowed only snacks/lunch from an A+ snack list so I may be able to help. Here are some ideas:
veggies w/ ranch, nuts, nutrigrain bars, low sugar cereal (Kix, Cheerios, Fruit Loops), Low/no butter popcorn, wheat crackers, mini bagels, string cheesego-gurt, yogurt, beanut butter for dipping fruit, veggies, or crackers, animal crackers, jello, pudding, frozen yogurt, graham crackers, rasins, fruit cups, applesauce, dried fruits, apple or banana chips.
Hope this helps. I didn't think my kids would eat any of this and now they eat it ALL.

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L.A.

answers from Phoenix on

Have you tried craisins or other dried fruit? The craisins are so sweet and I don't think they taste like fruit at all. I LOVE them. Yogurt, string cheese, yogurt covered raisins, cucumber slices, carrots, celery, air popped popcorn

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T.G.

answers from Las Cruces on

String Cheese, Granola Bars,, Peanut Butter, Yogart, Apple Sauce, Rasins. Hope this helps.

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T.S.

answers from Phoenix on

My 3 year old won't eat fruit either, except for bananas. I make her smoothies and she loves them. I use frozen friut and yogurt, sometimes a little ice cream for a treat. She loves them. It is hard finding healthy snacks and meal ideas for picky toddlers.

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M.M.

answers from Phoenix on

My kids have always loved string cheese its mello flavor and also fun to eat.Little peanut butter sandwiches with ritz crackers.Trail mix with nuts and of course a few m&m's.My kids are older now and I sit out a bowl of baby carrots and as they go by grab some and they disappear.They also have those little flavored rice cakes you get the crunch and taste. Good luck
Mo

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M.S.

answers from Albuquerque on

There are many healthy snacks besides fruit. There here are two with peanut butter adn fruit/veggies. With the peanut butter and the fun "boy" name your kids may be more likely to eat them.

Bugs on a Toilet Seat
fresh/dry apple rings spread with peanut butter. Place bugs "raisens" on seat "apple ring"

Ants on a log
tender celery sticks filled with peanut butter. Place ants "raisens" on log "celery stick"

Hope your boys enjoy the fun.

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K.

answers from Phoenix on

Give him what I call "Old School Fruities" AKA raisins, Craisins, and other dried fruit. My 4 year old also likes Broccoli trees, because he gets to be a giant and eat the trees. Celery with peanut butter is also good. Good luck!

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M.J.

answers from Houston on

We snack alot and we do it without high fructose or hydrogenated oils. In addition to fruits and veggies, there are a ton of "convenience" snacks like cookies and crackers that are better than the norm. I've even found a substitute for Cheetos that don't have artificial dyes and they're terrific. I list all of our favorites on my website RealKidFriendly.com in the Snacks section. Most are really good for on-the-road -- which is where we have many of our snack times.
Kashi has lots of good alternative snacks that my son loves.

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A.P.

answers from Albuquerque on

I have three children and they love to snack on peanut butter with apple slices, or vanilla yogurt and apple slices that the can dip into a small cup. You can try to put fruit into smoothies. My kids also like to eat string cheese, smoked almonds, granola bars.

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L.B.

answers from Phoenix on

My kids like dried fruit and nuts. We also eat crackers and cheese. If your kids like fruit snacks Treetop brand makes theirs with 100% juice.

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M.W.

answers from Phoenix on

Hi S. --

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K.F.

answers from Phoenix on

My 3 year old is picky as well. The healthy snacks he enjoys are yogurt, cheese (string or sliced mild chedder & colby), raisins (both my kids LOVE raisins - I buy the mini boxes of Sunmaid raisins they like the little box tyye can open themselves and carry around), muffins (aka cupcakes!), oatmeal, pudding, granola bars and popcorn.

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J.R.

answers from Albuquerque on

mini pita bread/crackers with hummus/peanut butter/etc. as a dip/or not; granola bars; string or cubed cheese; frozen yogurt; and what about vegetables? My kids LOVE brocolli & baby carrots - that's the only veggie I can get them to eat; dry cereal; mini muffins; graham crackers; hard boiled eggs. Goldfish now come in a whole grain one that tastes the same. At least you're not giving out candy & chocolate for a snack ; ) - ya know!

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J.R.

answers from Tucson on

if you go to the website Familyfun.com, they usually have healthy snack ideas that are appealing to kids.

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K.U.

answers from Santa Fe on

Go to the Deli and have them cut a slice of turkey or ham 3/8" thick, then you can cut it into strips, cookie cutter shapes etc.
Yogurt, cottage cheese
Have you tried the "Flat Earth" veggie chips?
Even my 5yr old still likes to snack on cold cereal like Life, or Multigrain cheerios.
My kids like canned green beans straight out of the can, as well as black beans or kidney beans rinsed and drained.
Maybe your kids will like to dip corn chips into mushed avocado, or warmed refried beans. You can also put grated cheese on them and microwave 30s or 'til melted.

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R.M.

answers from Tucson on

Hello,

I have a four year old as well, he doesn't like fruit either. Have you tried the 100 calorie packs? My son likes cheese sticks, toast or dried cereal (applejacks, fruitloops) or even crackers for snacks.

Good Luck!

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K.S.

answers from Phoenix on

Try a healthy recipe book for kids snack from the library. Making your own snacks is so much healthier than store bought. BTW, goldfish are not healthy. Read the box. It's all processed junk including enriched flour, partially hydroginated oils and high fructose corn syrup. Look for store bought snack WITHOUT those ingredients. Try Whole Foods. There is a new Whole Foods on Ray and 101.

K.

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W.B.

answers from Phoenix on

I know this is going to sound crazy but here goes.... My kids loved (especially in the summer) frozen veggies. They liked to eat frozen corn, peas, and carrot squares still frozen. They thought that was the biggest treat. Also, when their mac and cheese was too hot I would put frozen peas in it to cool it off. Then they would eat the mac and cheese and the cheezy peas too! I had to get some nutritional value into mac and cheese :)

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M.B.

answers from Albuquerque on

You said he does not like fruit but what if you made it into a yummy slush? My son likes to munch on crackers also, the cheese nip kind, and Ritz. Does he like veggies? You could try giveing them carrot sticks and celery. I give my son broccoli (sp?) and califlower. He does not like cooked veggies.I hope you find some thigns that will work! Good Luck!

M.

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