Did you know that 7 days without a pun makes one weak?
Well… now you know! No one wants to be weak and one way to avoid that fate is by snacking. Right?!
Snacks give us energy to sustain us until the next meal and fuels our day so that we can do what we love. To say snacking is important seems like a vast understatement. No one wants to be hangry and snacking is an easy way to maintain strength and stamina.
What are the best snacks? Leftovers or tiny meals are best. Little meals that are full of protein, carbs and healthy fats. However, when life gets busy, when you are constantly on the go and short on time, you simply must grab something fast and easy. If that sounds like you, then I have the list for you. A list of healthy, easy and kid friendly snacks!
Here are 40 delicious snack ideas!
The Classics: Everyone’s favorite go-to snacks.
1. Apple and nut butter (almond, peanut, cashew)
2. Whole grain crackers, sliced meat and veggies (AKA healthy lunchable)
3. Granola and Greek yogurt
4. Hard boiled eggs
5. Avocado toast
6. Oatmeal and berries
8. Rice crackers and nut butter
9. Trail mix
10. Celery and peanut butter (ants on a log)
11. Sliced meat and cheese
12. Tortilla chips and salsa
The Allergy Friendly: no nuts, dairy, gluten…
13. Smoothies and homemade popsicles
14. Veggies and hummus
15. Plantain chips and guacamole
16. Rice and beans
17. Veggie sandwich (lettuce, guacamole, sprouts, tomatoes)
18. Bell peppers and guacamole
19. Edamame (crunchy and baked)
20. Fresh fruit
21. Roasted chickpeas
22. Veggie pita pocket (tomatoes, cucumber, lettuce, beans)
23. Sliced meat and avocado
24. Roasted pumpkin seeds
25. Bell peppers and sliced meat
26. Roasted seaweed
27. Apple, banana, coconut chips or freeze dried fruit
28. Baked sweet potato fries or chips
29. Veggie and bean taco
30. BLT tortilla wrap
31. Smoothie bowl with fresh fruit, coconut, seeds and nuts on top
The Edgy: Towing the line between healthy and not so healthy but VERY delicious and satisfying.
32. Protein bar (be wary of the sugar content)
33. Pretzels and nut butter
34. Dark chocolate (over 70%) and almonds (or any nuts)
35. Protein pancakes with maple syrup
36. Greek chocolate and chocolate chips
37. Banana and peanut butter sandwich
38. Apple sauce and cacao powder or chocolate chips
39. Peanut butter, banana and honey roll up
40. Bacon wrapped dates
What would you add to this list?
Remember, don’t live life hangry. Live life to the fullest. Happy snacking!
7 Tips to Help Kids Snack Healthier!
1. Homemade “lunchables.” (Little pieces of meat, cheese and crackers)
2. Keep it balanced. Think macros! Make sure to offer a protein, carbohydrate and a healthy fat.
3. Always serve veggies! (Let them see you eat them AND enjoy them.)
4. All else fails, focus on protein. This will help sustain them and keep them full longer.
5. Meal prep! When you do your meal prepping, add snacks. It helps to have a container of pre-prepped snacks available for a quick grab and go!
6. Encourage water! (Thirst often is confused with hunger.)
7. Play, then eat! Snacking can feel endless with little ones. Often kids will snack because they are simply bored and looking for something to do.