25 Healthy, Kid-Friendly Snacks That Won’t Pack on the Pounds

I love snacking. It gets a bad rep, but snacking can actually be good for you. It is a great way to get healthy food in your body. It also can keep your metabolism moving, if you are going too long in between meals.

It’s a good idea to eat portion-controlled meals every three to five hours. If you know you are going to go too long in-between meals or you need a little something before a workout, try a snack.

Don’t forget snacks should be in the right portions throughout the day, so don’t overdo it. Here are some delicious, healthy snacks that are great for you and your entire family:

  1. Make ants on a log or red ants on a log. Spread peanut butter, your favorite nut butter or low-fat cream cheese on celery sticks. Then top with raisins or dried cranberries.
  2. Make your own trail mix. Mix the end of your favorite cereals, dried fruit and nuts. Then pack in a sandwich bag for an easy on-the-go treat.
  3. Pre-slice some veggies and store in the refrigerator. Dip in low-fat ranch or my favorite, hummus.
  4. Dip a whole-wheat pita in hummus.
  5. Peel a banana and dip it in your favorite yogurt, then roll in crushed cereal. You can eat it as is or freeze it for a change of pace.
  6. Cut up an apple and dip it in peanut butter with a little bit of cinnamon mixed in. Or try it as a sandwich: Core your apple and put your favorite nut butter between two apple slices.
  7. Try stuffing a whole grain pita with ricotta cheese, Granny Smith apple slices and a dash of cinnamon. Yum!
  8. Top low-fat yogurt or Greek yogurt with your favorite cereal or low fat granola and some blueberries or berries of your choice.
  9. Top a whole-grain waffle with low-fat yogurt and sliced peaches or pears.
  10. Make snack kabobs. You can make fruit kabobs, veggie kabobs or mix it up with some cheese. Try low-fat cheese cubes and grapes on pretzel sticks — so fun and colorful! The kids can’t resist this one and neither can my husband.
  11. Microwave a small baked potato (think the size of a redskin potato) and top it with some salsa and reduced fat cheese.
  12. Make a quick smoothie: Blend low-fat milk of your choice with frozen or fresh berries, a banana and voila! Try not to add fruit juice because you already have fruit in it.
  13. Sprinkle your favorite cheese over a corn tortilla, microwave for about 20 seconds and serve with salsa.
  14. Mix together your favorite nut butter and cornflakes in a bowl. Shape into small balls and enjoy.
  15. Try sprinkling Parmesan cheese on hot popcorn instead of salt and butter.
  16. Make a healthy banana split: Top a banana with low-fat vanilla or strawberry frozen yogurt and top with your favorite whole grain cereal.
  17. Make a mini pizza: Toast a whole grain English muffin, drizzle with pizza sauce, sprinkle with low-fat mozzarella cheese and your favorite veggies. For a sweeter version, toast a whole grain English muffin, drizzle with low-fat vanilla yogurt and your favorite pieces of fruit.
  18. Make a healthy Rocky Road: Break a graham cracker into bite-sized pieces. Mix into some low-fat chocolate pudding with a few mini marshmallows for a chocolatey treat.
  19. Roll your favorite lunch meat and low-fat cheese in lettuce for a fun and easy lettuce wrap.
  20. Make an Inside-Out Sandwich: Spread mustard on a slice of deli turkey. Wrap it around a sesame breadstick or a pretzel rod. One of my favorite quick snacks.
  21. Spread light cheese spread, like Laughing Cow, on a whole grain cracker, like Wasa.
  22. Build a mini caprese: Enjoy some grape tomatoes and buffalo mozzarella cheese together.
  23. Snack on edamame, pomegranate or pistachios. I love these because you have to work a little bit to enjoy them. Of course, any fruits and vegetables are great. Remember they are nature’s fast food. I also like kale chips.
  24. Try dipping whole wheat waffles in some natural applesauce. I love this for breakfast, too. I sometimes will mix some Greek yogurt with the applesauce.
  25. Spread your favorite nut butter and sliced bananas on a whole wheat cracker. Honey is optional. Elvis loved peanut butter and bananas and knew what he was talking about with this delicious snack.

Many of these snacks I will also have as a meal, by increasing the portion slightly or picking a couple of the above snacks to be my lunch. I cannot stress enough that having a snack is not a bad thing, but don’t overdo it.

What are some of your favorite snacks? I would love to learn about your faves and try them. Happy and healthy snacking to all!

Resources: American Dietetic Association and my brain.

Photo Credit: Andy Melton via Flickr

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