healthy snack ideas for kids on the go

As parents, we always want the best for our children, especially when it comes to their health and well-being. Finding convenient and nutritious snacks to keep our little ones fueled during outings, sports activities, or school events can be challenging. We understand the struggle of wanting to provide healthy options without compromising on taste and convenience. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of delicious and easy-to-prepare snacks that are not only kid-approved but also packed with essential nutrients to keep them energized and happy.

  1. Crunchy Veggie Sticks with Hummus: A colorful assortment of sliced veggies like carrots, cucumbers, bell peppers, and cherry tomatoes is visually appealing and a fantastic source of vitamins and minerals. Pair these crunchy delights with homemade hummus for a protein boost. To make the hummus, blend chickpeas, tahini, lemon juice, garlic, and a drizzle of olive oil until smooth. Portion the hummus into small containers, and your kids will love dipping their veggie sticks during their on-the-go adventures. There are also easy grab-and-go packs that come with pretzels available in stores.
  2. Fruit Kabobs: Kids love anything on a stick, and fruit kabobs are no exception. Simply thread bite-sized pieces of their favorite fruits, such as strawberries, grapes, pineapple chunks, and melon balls, onto wooden skewers. The natural sweetness of the fruits will satisfy their cravings while providing essential vitamins and fiber. Try serving it with yogurt cups so kids can use it as a dip.
  3. Nut Butter Energy Bites: These no-bake energy bites are a hit among kids and parents alike. Mix rolled oats, chia seeds, ground flaxseed, honey, and your kid’s favorite nut butter (peanut, almond, or cashew). Form the mixture into bite-sized balls and refrigerate for a few hours until firm. These energy-packed treats will keep your kids going throughout their busy day.
  4. Mini Whole-Grain Wraps: Swap out regular tortillas for whole-grain wraps and let your creativity shine. Spread a thin layer of cream cheese or hummus on the wrap and add lean protein such as turkey or chicken slices. Top it off with fresh veggies like lettuce, cucumber, and avocado. Roll them up, slice them into bite-sized pinwheels, and secure them with a toothpick for easy handling.
  5. DIY Trail Mix: Trail mix is a versatile and customizable snack that allows you to tailor it to your child’s preferences and dietary needs. Combine a mix of nuts, seeds, dried fruits, and a sprinkle of dark chocolate chips for a touch of sweetness. Pack them in small resealable bags, and your kids will have a wholesome snack that’s perfect for on-the-go. Better yet, let your kids make them for the week so they can customize the ingredients to their tastes.

As parents, providing our kids with healthy snacks is crucial to their growth and development. With these easy and nutritious snack ideas, you can confidently tackle outings and school activities, knowing your children are munching on delicious treats that fuel their bodies and minds. They will appreciate the after-school pick-me-up even if you just grab them a banana or a smoothie. Remember to involve your kids in the snack preparation process, as they’re more likely to enjoy the snacks they helped create. Happy snacking!

Here’s what to pack your snack in:

We love this PackItĀ® freezable lunch bag for its portability and ability to keep our snacks cold. The bag itself is an ice pack, so you no longer have to worry about lost ice packs. It’s foldable, reusable, and has a zip and velcro closure. It also has a buckle handle to attach to backpacks, strollers, etc. Simply freeze the bag, pop in your lunch or snacks, and take it on the go. Once you are done with your snack, the bag folds flat. It comes in various designs, so it’s great for adults or kids.