Healthy Snack Ideas for Kids

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I walked up and down every aisle looking for healthy snack ideas for kids. I picked out some things and am now sharing my findings with you!

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I don’t know about you all with kids, but mine are total snackers. If they had a choice, they would totally eat snacks all day rather than sit down and eat a meal. I get so frustrated sometimes, mostly because I don’t have what they want on hand and most of the time when they say “Mom, I’m hungry!” I draw a blank as to what to feed them…ya know, besides a glass of water.

So one day, I just went to Fred Meyer on a mission to find healthy snacks for my kids. I walked up and down every aisle and picked out things I knew they would like.

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While in the cheese section, I found this little sign 🙂 So cool! If you caught this post, you’ll know that I’m working with Kroger on this exact program. Just helping spread the word about their Little Victories campaign, where if you make small tweaks to the products you buy, you could make a big difference in your health. That’s what I tried to do with these snacks I bought for my kids. So simple to do and it’s a lot less expensive too! Score!

Here’s what ended up in my cart for my kiddos besides the fruits and veggies:

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Trail Mix: this is the third bag of Kroger trail mix I’ve purchased this year. Why do I love this brand of trail mix? Because it has more raisins and nuts than chocolate pieces. I hate giving my kids the trail mix that is mostly chocolate. I was pleasantly surprised to open this package and have to dig around to find a bunch of chocolate pieces…and my kids don’t seem to notice a difference.

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Whipped Greek Cream Cheese Spread: this is obviously not a snack on its own, but added to a toasted mini whole wheat bagel with a few thin slices of cucumber makes a yummy snack. This stuff is pretty darn tasty on any toasted bread product plus its made with greek yogurt, so it’s a lot healthier than plain old cream cheese.IMG_0175

Rice cakes: My kids LOVE rice cakes, so naturally I buy these a lot. I never ever buy potato chips and even trying to convince me to buy tortilla chips is pushing it. I love that these come in different sweet and salty flavors AND that they are significantly cheaper than the brand name version right next to them on the shelf.

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String Cheese: this makes a good grab and go snack. A lot of times, I will bring a snack or two in the car if we’re headed somewhere and most of the time string cheese fits the bill.

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Raisins: Blake is a raisin freak. He will eat them all.time.time and won’t stop unless I take them away. I always try to have a stock of raisins in the house to keep that little son of mine happy. These also get thrown into my bag as snacks when we’re headed out the door.

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Other snacks I buy for my kids:

  • unsweetened applesauce pouches {Kroger makes a great one I love}
  • pretzels
  • cut-up fruit or veggies
  • rolled up slices of lunch meat, like my beloved pepper turkey
  • granola bars
  • hummus and pita
  • greek yogurt {tubes or cups}

A lot of the time, my biggest problem is remembering what to buy! I’m such a forgetful person. Mom-brain is a REAL THING, people. So, it’s really good for me to write this post out and purposefully go to the store with this in mind. Hopefully you’ll use some of these ideas listed or expand on this list to help think of some new ones.

Overall, Kroger is a great brand to look out for and purchase. We love it!

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176 Responses
  1. Christen

    Thankfully, my daughter rarely asks for the junky types snacks, but that is probably because we’ve never really introduced those types of foods into her diet. She regularly asks for the healthier options, all on her own. What I find to be more difficult, is the ingredients in some healthy foods. Why do companies find it necessary to add artificial flavor and colors? That is the most aggregating part of maintaining a healthy diet, in my opinion.

  2. Erin Cotton

    Just left Kroger with a boneless pork loin; the only meat my seven year old will eat….it was on sale which was an added bonus.

  3. Trisha

    everything I buy at the grocery store I think about the effect it will have on hubby and my weight loss success over the past few years. Kroger has some great choices.

  4. Adrienne

    I have also been on the hunt for healthy snack ideas. After multiple requests a day for snacks, I run out of ideas. However, the last few days, I have added a few more to my list: dried fruit in the oven (apples, kiwi, bananas) and a green smoothie. My 3 year old and 20 month old love both. I love getting healthy snacks into them..feels like a mom victory!

  5. karen p

    thanks for the good ideas! finding healthy snacks that my toddler loves is a challenge but not one I’m willing to give up on.

    Only thing is… I heard that raisins weren’t as healthy as people thought they were? I think I even heard that they have as much sugar as some kinds of candy! It seems to me even high in sugar it still has to be healthier then some of the super processed sugar added junk food out there but still… I was hesitant to serve raisins bc of it.

  6. Kathleen Mahlke

    I’m always looking for new ideas to eat healthier for myself and when the grandkids visit.These are great ideas! This is an awesome gift package!

  7. Kasidee K

    Great snack ideas! And thank you for the great giveaway! I think our house is a snacking state. We snack all the time (nursing mom here).

  8. Megan

    I’ve started making baby food again for my six month old and freezing it in ice cube trays. Bonus, since it’s already in the freezer, it’s ready to pull some out and add it to soups and sauces that the rest of the family eats. More veggies and no one even knows!

  9. Trina Flynn

    Oh you have so many fabulous ideas!! This year we made a vow to eat healthier foods. I also started making yummy healthy smoothies and after seeing the greek yogurt on your blog that is on my grocery list to pick up. If I don’t write it down I will totally forget when I’m at the grocery store! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  10. Alyse

    My little victory for the day was making it to the grocery store last night. It’s been so busy during the day on the weekends that it’s unbearable. I’m happy I was able to enjoy shopping again 🙂

  11. Diana

    These are great ideas and trust me with teenagers snacking seems to never stop. .. my little victory today was reading this before I went to the store now I have snack ideas my kids will eat.

  12. Kate

    I am looking forward to trying out the Greek Yogurt Cream Cheese. I have seen people use it in all different ways and want to try it!

  13. Mikayla

    These are great snack ideas! Most of these I usually eat for snacks but there is a few I haven’t tried. I am for sure going to try the whipped Greek cream cheese spread. I always love your posts and trying new things. Thanks!

  14. Christina Larsen

    These are great snack ideas for my family – husband, college-aged daughter and myself. We are all trying to eat healthier and reduce the amount of added sugar in our diets. Today our small victory is that we cooked and ate breakfast at home after church instead of going to our favorite breakfast spot – that’s a win in my book – and less calories and fat too ! Thanks for the post.

  15. Kris Ohanu

    My husband is a snacker ~~ Switching him over to yogurt, cheeses and other healthy snacks has made him a slimmer, happier person. He says the healthy snacks are much more satisfying too 😀 Learning more ideas to give us a larger spectrum of choices is ongoing…. 😀

  16. Erin Bode

    my 18mo old sure loves his Greek yogurt, I’m going to see what he think of rice cakes next time we go shopping, it would be a great alternative to sugary sweets! Thanks for the ideas!

  17. Nicole M

    Our fav little victory snack…apples and almond butter!….filling and delish! I’m going to have to try the rice cakes instead of chips…my teen son, in particular, REALLY loves the chips…looking for healthier choice to satisfy the savory/crunchy craving;)

    1. Sandy

      Also thank you for all your posts I love them all, the recipes, your new bathroom, the adorable bedroom, your daughter must love it I know I would! Also your posts about your lovely family, we are so blessed to have you share with us, thank you, thank you THANK YOU! You are awesome!

  18. Becky B.

    I’ve been working hard to come up with healthy snacks for my 18 month old. Hard to come up with new ideas that are nutritious and exciting for a little one!

  19. Yazmin Rojas

    I think I have used a variation of most of these but I have not tried toasting their mini bagels. My kid also loves string cheese plus a dried fruit.

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