Stuck trying to brainstorm snack ideas for your kids that’ll keep them full and satisfied until your next meal? Here are 20 healthy and filling snack ideas for your kids that’ll please even the pickiest eaters in your family.
20 Healthy, Filling Snack Ideas For Kids
Oatmeal, rich in whole grains, fiber, vitamins, and minerals, is a popular breakfast and mid-day snack option. Grab a convenient oatmeal cup in unique flavors that your kids are sure to love, like Taro Bubble Tea or Red Bean Berry for a delicious and nutritious pick-me-up that will keep them full and satisfy their sweet tooths. Bonus points for adding fresh fruits and nuts on top for even more goodness!
Everyone’s favorite movie-time treat makes for a surprisingly nutritious at-home snack as well. Stick to unsalted, air-popped varieties with no butter for the healthiest options. You can also add some extras like nuts, pretzels, and homemade seasoning to appease your picky eaters without the excess salt and butter.
Chips & salsa
For your kids who love their snacks salty, savory, and uber-flavorful, few snacks hit the spot quite like chips and dip. It’s also a great way to make sure they’re getting their daily veggie serving in. Serve up a single portion of tortilla chips and their favorite salsa (make your own if you have time – that way you can control the ingredients) to satisfy their chip cravings.
Whole-wheat crackers & hummus
Whole-wheat crackers retain more nutrients like fiber than crackers that are more heavily processed, so they can help keep your kids fuller for longer. Pair with chickpea-based hummus for protein for a complete snack that’ll keep your growing kids full until their next meal.
Smoothie bowls are an easy, enjoyable way to ensure your kids are getting their fruit intake for the day. Toss their favorite fruits into a blender, add yogurt and/or a milk of your choice and blend until smooth Top with more fresh fruit, nuts, and other sweet toppings. You can even add baked oatmeal on top for a delicious, filling crumble -- check out this Dragonfruit Smoothie Bowl recipe with Toasted Black Sesame topping recipe for ideas!
Yogurt & berries
Yogurt and berries are each tasty and satisfying on their own, but they’re even better when put together! For some extra protein, choose Greek yogurt in your kids’ favorite flavors for a real snacktime winner.
Brown rice cakes & nut butter
Brown rice cakes are full of complex carbohydrates and fiber, which is perfect for filling up hungry kids. Slather on some peanut butter or almond butter for extra sweetness and texture and you’ll have a filling snack with staying power.
Cheese sticks are an excellent no-fuss snack for kids: they’re portable, full of protein, and fun to peel apart and eat. You can also pair cheese sticks with fruit and/or whole-grain crackers to round out the snack.
If your kids love their snacks a little bit sweet and a little bit salty, trail mix is a natural choice. Look for mixes that have plenty of nuts, seeds, and dark chocolate for the perfect healthy mix.
Apples & peanut butter
Few things go together quite as well as apples and peanut butter. Slice up some apples, add a dollop of peanut butter, and you’ll have a sweet and tasty afternoon snack. A tried-and-true favorite.
Making granola is another great way to eat your favorite Yishi oatmeal flavors! Mix oats with nuts, seeds, and dried fruit, then add in some healthy oil like coconut oil and bake until golden brown. Your kids can eat granola on its own, or use it as a tasty topping on other filling snacks like yogurt or fruit bowls.
Dried fruit is a fun, wonderfully sneaky way to get your child to eat more fruit – plus, it’s shelf-stable, making it super convenient. Look for dried fruit “jerky” with minimal added ingredients like sugar so that your kid can get all the delicious benefits of dried fruit without unnecessary ingredients.
Energy bites combine everything you love about oatmeal and energy bars, minus the extra sugar and other unnecessary additives. Use our recipe for Matcha Latte Energy Bites as a guide to making your own delicious oatmeal energy bites. Simply choose your kids’ favorite Yishi oatmeal and mix it with the nut butter and natural sweetener of your choice for an easy, no-bake treat.
Cheese & crackers
Cheese and crackers are an easy, winning combination at snack time. Make your own little snack plates with whole grain, seeded, and sprouted crackers and cubes of your kids’ favorite cheeses.
Slicing up a bowl of fresh, tasty fruit for your kids is a love language! If you’re packing this up in their lunchbox to take to school, sprinkle a tiny bit of lemon juice on the fruit to prevent browning in the hours before they get to eat.
On a hot summer day, nothing will hit the spot quite like a frozen treat. Try throwing some grapes in the freezer for a couple of hours before serving them to your kids. As the grapes freeze, they’ll develop an icy, slushy texture. The result is a sweet, healthy treat that’ll help them cool off without the added sugar you might find in store-bought ice pops.
Turkey & cheese roll-ups
Turkey and cheese roll-ups are the perfect pick-me-up after a long day of school. They’re packed with protein and are really easy to throw together, making snack time even easier for you.
Banana bread muffins
If you have some bananas in your kitchen that are starting to go bad, use them to make banana bread muffins! Pouring your banana bread batter into individual muffin tins rather than one loaf pan makes it easier to serve up perfect portions whenever your kids’ hunger strikes.
Cookies are the ultimate treat! Make your kids’ favorite baked snack a little healthier by using oatmeal instead of flour. You can also add dried fruits, nuts, and dark chocolate chips to the cookie batter for even more deliciousness.
Toast with honey & bananas
Honey and bananas go so well together – and they’re even better on top of toast! Choose whole-wheat bread instead of white bread for even more nutrition and staying power.