Here are 9 snacks that are tasty, filling options to tide a little belly over until dinner. With minimal prep work (we promise!), you can stock your fridge each week with healthy snacks.We know when snack time comes, kids won’t wait, so all of these snacks can be made ahead of time.
This list is broken up into three categories: crazy simple, kinda simple and a wee bit of effort.
1. Hard boiled eggs
Boil up a dozen on the weekend and either peel them in advance or let your kids peel them. They are high in protein and loaded with nutrients. WebMd agrees…just eat one.
(I told you this was simple!) Find a brand and flavor your kid loves and stock up. Probiotics are added to most yogurt, which has many health benefits. Also a good source of calcium and protein, plus you can even freeze yogurt! Interested in more fruit? Make these Fruit-On-The-Bottom Yogurt Cups.
3. Fruit and Vegetables
We LOVE those fruits and veggies that need zero prep work. A banana, apple, baby carrots, pear or grapes are hard to beat. However, the fruits and veggies that need a little cutting should not feel neglected. Try to pick up whatever is in season and have it ready way before hunger sets in. Another simple one is edamame. Boil them up in advance and sprinkle with salt. Do your kids prefer a dip? Hummus is our favorite but you can also try a dressing, yogurt dip or honey.
4. Vegetable and Fruit Chips
You can turn many of your favorite fruits and veggies into chips (yes, even kale!) Here’s how to make Baked Apple Chips.
Skip the prepackaged microwave popcorn and grab a container of kernels. If you didn’t receive a Microwave Popcorn Kit for the holidays, just follow the instructions and make a kit for yourself.
6. Fruit and Cheese Kabobs
The possibilities are endless here. Enlist the help of your kids to make these ahead and watch how fast they disappear.
A Wee Bit of Effort
7. Homemade Granola Bars
You’ll know EVERYTHING that goes into these Homemade Granola Bars…nothing but yummy, healthy goodness.
8. Pita Chips
These Whole Grain Cinnamon Pita Chips have a fraction of the fat and calories of regular chips. Pair it with yogurt or some fruit and you’ve got a healthy, fueling combination.
9. Frozen Banana Pops
Frozen Banana Pops work as either a snack or dessert. Top with crushed nuts, fruit or both. Delicious.