When starting to follow a real food diet, one of my biggest worries was how creative I could get with what my kiddos would snack on- and they had to be things that were quick and easy. After researching which foods would fit the bill, I realized that many of the foods they already loved were real food approved, they just didn’t happen to be things that we normally considered a snack. One thing I noticed is that when my kids snacked on junk food, they were constantly hungry- what they were eating was never truly filling them up. Many of these mom researched, kid approved healthy snacks are packed with protein so they help keep those little bellies full, longer!
- Boiled eggs
So easy. Boil a batch up on Sunday afternoon and they last you throughout the week. Boiled egg for breakfast, egg salad sandwich for lunch, deviled eggs for a snack…having them all boiled and ready to go makes all of these healthy options easy!
- Jerky/meat sticks
We like to make our own jerky or meat sticks when possible out of venison that we harvest ourselves, but sometimes it just isn’t possible and thankfully there are plenty of great store bought choices to pick from. My girls were both picky eaters at one point of their little lives, and unfortunately, one still is. I never know from one day to the next which foods she will be a fan of, and which no longer make her list. One thing I can always count on though is this girl loving her jerky or meatsticks. We like to buy the Old Wisconsin packaged turkey sticks in the deli section of the grocer, or better yet visit our local meat market for a variety of fresh options.
Another thing I can count on? My two lovelies munching on a handful of nuts throughout the day. They prefer cashews or pistachios (fancy little lovelies aren’t they?) but there are so many options here. Throw them in a snack container for school, grab and go trail mix in the car, leave a bowl on the counter and munch away.
We eat yogurt topped with granola for a snack around here just as often as we eat it for breakfast. My girls favorite is Stonyfield Organic Vanilla Yogurt topped with Happy Girl Granola in Chocolate Walnut (haven’t tried it? Then you are missing out! It is hands down the best granola and is handmade right here in the Mitten state- find it here) This snack option is packed with protein and changing up the flavor of granola can create endless opportunities of yumminess.
- Pickled asparagus
Are your kids pickle connoisseurs like mine? Have them try pickled asparagus! We find it in the pickle aisle at our favorite grocery store, right next to the pickles and olives. It has a very similar taste to pickles, but helps expose them to another vegetable.
- Cottage Cheese
Healthy. Simple. Easy. Nothing more you need to know.
- Apples and peanut butter
A quick slice of an apple, a scoop of natural peanut butter and your snack is set! Soaking apples in a mixture of lemon juice and water will help them from browning if cutting the night before to send for a snack to school. Being from the Mitten state, there are local orchards everywhere you turn for lots of apple choices! One of my favorite orchards to check out is AlMar Orchards found right here
There are TONS of healthy muffin recipes out there. Our favorites around here are my mom’s pumpkin chocolate chip muffins (keep your eyes out in an upcoming post for the recipe!) and Duncan Hines Simple Mornings Blueberry Streusel muffins. Muffins are an easy recipe to double the batch and freeze. Take one out the night before and it’s thawed out by snack or lunch time at school the next day.
- Carrots and Hummus
Carrots and a little ranch. Carrots and peanut butter. Carrots and veggie dip. You get the picture.
- Frozen yogurt tubes
When we first started freezing yogurt tubes, I was able to trick my kiddos into thinking they were ice cream. Now that they are older and know they are yogurt, they couldn’t care less and happily snack on them at their own will.
What am I missing? What are your kiddos favorite healthy snacks? Share them with me in the comments!
~Mama in the Mitten