This is actually an idea I started developing back in February…and am just getting around to publishing in May. It’s sort of a work-in-progress, as I continue to wade through what it means to be a “Whole Foods Family”. I want to make sure that my kids have access to healthy food, which admittedly is easier said then done. Eating healthy takes planning-so it takes a little planning ahead to make sure there are healthy food options on hand at all times. This seems to be hardest at snack times, as sometimes it seems like those little tummies are ALWAYS hungry!
Switching to a whole foods diet has been a bit of work (and it sometimes can make going to the grocery store a bit depressing), so in the spirit of sharing, I thought I would provide a list of healthy snack ideas. Of course, there are plenty of other healthy snack ideas and recipes out there-these are just some family favorites (including a few that we would like to try but haven’t had the chance to yet).
- Fresh fruit of any variety (When feasible, I buy organic, especially know that the World Health Organization released a study in March stating that glyphosate, the main ingredient in herbicide Round Up, is probably a carcinogen.) Try eating fruit with this Creamy Peanut Butter -(try subbing vanilla yogurt for plain and adding a bit more honey) -or- this yummy yogurt dip (just sub honey for the sugar)!
- Fresh veggies, by themselves or with “ranch” dip (When feasible, I buy organic for these, too…for the same reason quoted in #1).
- Dried organic raisins (or other dried, unsweetened fruit-like cranberries, another kid favorite) I recommend organic raisins because raisins are on the Environmental Working Group (EWG)’s Dirty Dozen List.
- Organic Apple Sauce (again, the Dirty Dozen)
- Granola Cereal (or try this other recipe for granola)-we like it w/ milk or w/yogurt-or-homemade granola bars
- Yogurt sweetened with fresh fruit and 100% maple syrup
- Coconut steel-cut oats or regular steel-cut oats w/ 100% pure maple syrup
- Baked oatmeal squares (regular or blueberry variety)
- Smoothie pops or smoothies (these are fun to experiment with and make your own, but I posted a few links for ideas)
- Homemade fudge pops
- Homemade popsicles -or- these Whole Fruit Popsicles
- Homemade gogurt
- String or block cheese
- Cottage cheese
- Homemade cheddar cheese crackers
- Homemade graham crackers
- Banana oat Greek yogurt muffins
- Chocolate muffins (sub sugar for honey)
- Chia raisin carrot bran muffins
- Banana chia pudding
- 3 ingredient chocolate-banana cups or chocolate-peanut butter cups (make your own chocolate-yum!)
- Overnight oats-MANY recipes, this one for Cherry Flax Overnight Oats is our absolute favorite
- Whole wheat bread w/ butter and honey (We like a yogurt bread recipe, super yummy!)
- Whole wheat banana bread
- Homemade tortillas with melted cheese
- Raw, unseasoned nuts
- Energy bites (also wanting to try these Almond Joy Energy Bites, but haven’t gotten around to making them yet!)
- Homemade larabars (I like the coconut cream larabar version)
- Homemade Clif bars
- Hard-boiled eggs
- Popcorn -or- homemade popcorn balls
- Medjool dates with or without homemade almond butter
- Skillet bananas
- DIY fruit leather
NOTE: Some of these recipes call for sugar, which I generally just sub out for honey (equal parts). I also have been known to use turbinado sugar on occasion (the less-processed version of the super refined white sugar you’ll find in the super market).
For more healthy snack ideas, check out:
85 Snack Ideas for Kids (And Adults) on 100DaysofRealFood.
A couple of other great sites with great healthy snack ideas for kids:
For those who are vegan or have wheat allergies, definitely check out MyWholeFoodLife.com! (I am neither vegan nor have allergies, and I still enjoy these awesome, tasty recipes!)
Also, follow my Pinterest Board Healthy Clean Eating Snacks!!
Who says eating healthy has to taste bad?!?