100 Toddler + Kid Snack Ideas that will help you keep snack time fun and fresh! The ultimate list of healthy and easy snacks that your kids will love. Includes fresh, homemade and store-bought items. Plus, a FREE printable list, so you can have quick access when your kiddos get hangry!
Toddler + Kid Snack Ideas
Keeping up with toddler and kids snacks (and cleaning up afterward) can be a full-time job😅!
I mean, seriously, how can they eat so much and so often!
It’s easy to get in a rut of serving them the same granola bar and a slice of cheese for every snack. Which would be perfectly fine with my oldest daughter who could live off of granola bars if needed🤦♀️.
With this in mind, and for my own snack sanity, I compiled a list of over 100 healthy, easy and totally easy-to-find snack options for your toddler, kids and even yourself.
Plus, I made this post into a FREE downloadable print out that you can (and should) print out and tape to the inside of your snack cabinet door or in your pantry. That way, when you need some fresh ideas on what to serve your toddler or kids for an easy and healthy snack, you can have an easy reference! #score
5 Tips for Packing or Serving Toddler Snacks
- Serve the Rainbow – try to serve foods that are a variety of colors so you can rest assured knowing that you are serving a variety of nutrients to your kiddos without having to really think about it.
- Balanced Snack – to keep your kiddos fuller for longer, try to serve a snack that has a protein, whole grain carbs as well as some healthy fat. Some examples are – apples with peanut and crackers, full-fat yogurt with berries and granola, cream cheese on raisin bread with a side of carrots.
- Set a Time for Snacks – it’s easy to let kids, especially toddlers, graze on their snacks, which can cause them not to be hungry for their next real meal. Having a set start and end time for snacks helps curb this habit.
- Bits and Pieces – snacks don’t have to be fancy. My kid’s favorite snacks are what we call bits and pieces or mom’s snack bowls, which is basically a hand full, or the last bit, of a variety of different snack foods. You can serve these in a muffin tin or a bowl – the last handful of cereal, a cut-up piece of apple that is about to go bad, the last small bit of shredded cheese, etc. Serve them all together and call snack time done.
- Try New Foods – usually, snack time is a more relaxed meal, which makes it a good time to expose kids to a new or not favorite food. By placing that food on a plate along with a small assortment of other favorite snack foods, you are reducing the pressure on them to try that food. The less pressure on them sometimes makes them more open to trying new things. If they try it, great! If not, no big deal. You can try again another day.
- berries (strawberries, blueberries, blackberries or raspberries)
- orange sections
- melon (honeydew, canteloupe or watermelon)
- applesauce – homemade or sugar-free store-bought
- grapes – cut vertically
- fruit kabob with yogurt dip
- fruit salad
- freeze-dried fruit
- dried fruit
- chopped frozen fruit
- broccoli florets
- celery sticks
- carrots – sticks, baby, waffle cut
- snap peas
- edamame – shelled
- sliced peppers
- cherry tomatoes – cut vertically
- jicama sticks
- green beans
- cauliflower florets
- zucchini – slices or sticks
- cucumber – slices or sticks
- whole-grain muffins – homemade or store-bought
- wedges of pita bread
- healthy cereal – low in sugar
- crackers – wheat, whole-grain, gluten-free, etc
- rice cakes
- cinnamon raisin bread
- whole-grain bread
- granola – homemade or low-sugar store-bought
- whole-grain frozen waffles
- leftover pasta
Protein and Dairy
- cottage cheese
- string cheese
- yogurt tubes (frozen or cold)
- hard-boiled egg
- rolled lunch meat
- cubes of turkey
- yogurt – plain or low in sugar
- chopped cashews, walnuts or peanuts
- nut butter – almond, peanut or sunflower
- milk – regular, almond, oat, soy, etc
- beef or turkey jerky – soft slices
- chunks of cheddar, feta or goat cheese
- chopped trail mix
Healthy Packaged Snacks
- veggie sticks
- pirates booty
- graham crackers
- baked corn chips
- cheddar snacks (cheddar bunnies or gold fish)
- kale chips
- granola bars – low in sugar
- roasted seaweed snacks
- cereal bars
- applesauce pouches
- yogurt pouches
- baked chickpeas
- moon cheese – baked cheese
- nut butter – almond, peanut or sunflower
- cream cheese dip
- yogurt dip
- honey mustard
- laughing cow cheese
- mild salsa
- mild guacamole
- frozen yogurt bark
- healthy popsicles
- mini chocolate chips
- frozen banans covered in yogurt and crushed cereal
- energy balls
- fruit leather – no added sugar
- apple “donuts” – horizontally cut apples with the core removed, with cream cheese “frosting” and a pinch of sprinkles or freeze-dried fruit.
- pizza crackers – crackers topped with tomato sauce and shredded cheese.
- finger salad – an assortment of chopped fruits and veggies
- graham cracker sandwiches – made with cream cheese and jam
- pb&j crackers – crackers topped with peanut butter and a dollop of jelly
- avocado toast – whole-grain toast topped with avocado and everything bagel seasoning
- yogurt parfait – plain yogurt with a drizzle of honey, chopped berries and a sprinkle of granola
- banana rice cake – rice cake topped with almond butter, slices of banana and hemp seed sprinkles.