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Healthy Snacks for Kids

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I’ve created a recipe roundup of my kids’ fav snacks that can easily work whether your child is schooling from home or in person.

This school year is going to be like no other, yet we all still need healthy snacks for our kids. I’ve created a recipe roundup of my kids’ fav snacks, which are fun and nutritious. These snacks can easily work whether your child is schooling from home or in person. Share these recipe ideas with your kid, and let them help choose some great options to fuel their bodies and minds this year.

Snack Food for Kids in America

Studies, and well life, have shown that it’s hard for kids to stick to just 3 meals a day, especially while learning and growing. Yet, kid snacks from the grocery store are packed with sugar, artificial dyes, and complex carbohydrates. These ingredients may:

  • curb your kid’s attention span
  • limit your kid’s ability to comprehend
  • create sugar highs, then sugar crashes

None of that sounds like something that should happen during the school day, right?! While the FDA still allows artificial food dyes in American snack foods targeted for children, other countries like Europe have long since banned them, opting for more natural, healthy snacks options for kids, according to the US National Library of Medicine.

Fun Healthy Snacks for Kids

My kids are more likely to eat a healthy snack if, they help make it, and if they have options. A bowl of fresh fruit is always out on my kitchen counter, ready for grab n’ go snacking. I have a cabinet designated for ‘snack foods’ where my kids can choose between sweet and savory options. Jackson is our family’s foodie, so he loves searching for and creating new recipes. He offers great input in the grocery list, and I can count on him to help test + perfect new snack recipes too. So these recipes are kid tested AND kid approved!

Quick Snacks that Promote Focus

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Ever feel like healthy snacks for kids are hard to make or have weird ingredients? Both the recipes in this roundup, and this list of super simple list of snack ideas below will help you take the guesswork out of the snack game. Here’s a list of foods that are designed for increased focus and productivity:

  • Leafy greens– great for digestion, loaded with minerals, and studies show that a diet rich in leafy greens leads to less cognitive decline later in life (and green smoothies are a super quick + tasty snacks for kids!)
  • Nuts and seeds– another great source of healthy fats and proteins, and easy to eat raw or lightly toasted. A handful of nuts is a healthy and easy snack idea
  • Avocados– full of potassium and healthy fats, and can be added to a green smoothie or eaten plain, on toast, or as part of a veggie tray

Healthy Snack Ideas for Kids

Now, on to the recipes! I hope these healthy snack ideas can inspire you and your kids to have fun with food this school year. There’s enough to stress about this school year already, so let’s make snacking an easy win.

homemade popsicles can be a simple healthy snack for kids

Ultimate Homemade Popsicles

Make snacks pop naturally with these colorful smoothie pops. They are super quick, easy, delicious, AND full of only whole foods.

Healthy snacks for kids include yogurt

The Best Vegan Yogurt

Surprisingly simple and kid snack approved, this vegan yogurt recipe can be customized with many different toppings. Turn that next study session into a healthy snack party by adding a toppings bar for this recipe.

healthy snacks for back to school

Healthy Rice Krispies

This treat is a total winner at my house. A great healthy snack or dessert idea for kids, without the worry about artificial sweeteners, dyes, or gums.

healthy snack ideas for kids

Almond Butter and Jam Muffins

I love making these muffins, then picking a few different jams for the filling. A fun and healthy for breakfast or snack for my kids and their friends.

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healthy snacks for kids smoothie

Kid Approved Berry Banana Smoothie

  • Author: Jen Hansard
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 16 oz smoothie 1x
  • Category: Smoothie
  • Method: Blending
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

Your kids will fall in love with green smoothies through this sweet + healthy treat. Work together to wash the produce, toss in the blender, then do a little dance while it blends away. Then grab a fun straw and sip!


Scale

Ingredients

1 cup spinach

1 orange

1/4 cup water

1/2 cup strawberries (fresh or frozen)

1/2 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen)

1 banana (fresh or frozen)


Instructions

1. Blend spinach, orange and water until smooth.

2. Add remaining fruits and blend again until smooth.

3. Enjoy!


Keywords: kid-friendly green smoothie

I’d love to hear your top snack ideas for this school year. What are some fav snacks at your house? Drop a comment below to give us all even more healthy snack ideas for our growing learners.

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  1. Erin says:

    This is great! I like to batch make snacks for my daughter, so this is a great list!

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      That’s awesome, Erin! I’m sure she’ll love them and you’ll love that they’re easy to make + healthy. πŸ™‚

  2. Samantha Cupido says:

    Hi Jen
    Can I give the lunchtime smoothie to my kids EVERYDAY or do you recommend changing it up?
    Kind Regards
    Sam

  3. kerry says:

    Hi I am struggling with the packed smoothie for kid’s lunch boxes… wouldn’t it go yuk by the time lunch rolled around.?

    if you could help me understand this better I’d be most appreciative. thank you πŸ™‚

    • SGS Rawkstar says:

      Hi Kerry,

      Great question! A great thermos is key! We also suggest using tons of frozen fruit to make sure it stays cold for lunch time. Even dropping a few ice cubes in the blended smoothie will help if you don’t have enough frozen fruit. Also, separation is natural, so a quick shake before enjoying will ensure your smoothie is the perfect addition to any lunch!

      Cheers πŸ™‚

      • kerry says:

        oh great tips.!!! thank you so very much πŸ˜€ my boy starts school next year and loves his smoothies.. I will be sure to pack one everyday for him. thanks again
        kerry

      • SGS Rawkstar says:

        You’re so welcome, Kerry! Thanks for blendin’ with us! πŸ™‚

  4. Andrea says:

    I would love to get my hands on a copy of this cookbook but it’s no longer being sold. So, how can I get one?

    • SGS Rawkstar says:

      Hi Andrea,

      Oh no! “Lunches, Real Easy 6-Week School Lunch Meal Plan” by 100 Days of Real Food is only offered from August 17th – 31st. Sign up for their newsletter here to be the first to know when it is available again…

  5. Donna says:

    Hey guys,
    Thank you all for your supportive comments, I truly appreciate them. I am thinking of replacing 2 meals with green smoothies. Any thoughts?? I don’t know how long I can do this gor, but I really do need to lose 40lbs for my health.

    • SGS Rawkstar says:

      Hi Donna,

      We’re so excited to have you as part of our amazing SGS tribe! Using green smoothies as a meal replacements is a great way to fuel your body with healthy + nutritious ingredients like fresh fruits, leafy greens, + veggies! This is not a fast or restrictive diet, we’re making lifestyle changes that will last a lifetime, so you should never feel deprived. A hard boiled egg, handful of nuts, or apples + almond butter are all great snack options in addition to your green smoothies.

      https://simplegreensmoothies.com/recipes/meal-replacement-smoothie

      Looking to lose weight, + refocus your eating habits? Check out our FreshStart21 cleanse! I personally just finished the cleanse, reached my goal weight, and have a totally new understanding on how to fuel my body!

      https://simplegreensmoothies.com/21-day-cleanse

      Reach out with any questions, Donna! We want to hear about + help you along your journey to health, happiness, + weight loss!

      Cheers πŸ™‚

  6. Shoshanna says:

    What brand is that smoothie container in the last picture? It looks like a small insulated bottle that is perfect for a kids lunchbox! Definitely not the contigo bottle mentioned in the post. Thanks!

  7. Jess says:

    Has anyone tried sending the smoothies in a re-usable squeeze-y pouch? If so, do you have to freeze it overnight so it will be cold for lunchtime?

  8. Donna says:

    With regards to being harassed at work. My coworkers laugh at me and scowl at my smoothies. One of them even went as far as to say, those smoothies aren’t doing anything for you, you are still heavy, you are not losing weight. Those comments stung. It hurt me badly, to the point that I was embarrassed to drink my smoothies in the office. However, although I haven’t lost any weight, my skin is beautiful, I have more energy, and I am not as depressed as I used to be. So I will continue to drink my green smoothies daily!! Now, If I could just lose some weight to shut my coworkers up, dat will be nice!!!!!!

    • Fabienne says:

      Sorry, but your coworkers are idiots!!! Can’t say differently, who do they think they are!?? Don’t listen to them. And NEVER NEVER be ashamed of anything you do, to make your life better and to feel better! Find the best version of yourself and your life where you are at the moment. It’s all about creating a happy life and not your ideal weight. If you are happy with your life you will loose weight too. Make yourself pretty, search for your female happiness, put on a dress, life is to short to wait for the “right weight”, it will never be right for everyone!
      But I have one hint, try to not put that much fruits in your smoothies as they contain sugar too.

      • SGS Rawkstar says:

        Hi Fabienne,

        Thank you so much for your support! You’re part of the reason we love our SGS tribe!

        Cheers to health, happiness, + leafy greens!

    • Maureen says:

      Donna, your co-worker is mean and I suspect about more than your weight. My co-workers mock my smoothies too. I hear everything from ‘ewww’ to they ‘look like sludge’ or ‘weird me out’. Note, this is coming from grown people who drink diet Pepsi all day long and down processed protein/meal substitute blender drinks for energy and weight loss. The most I do to defend my smoothie is to say you have no idea how delicious this tastes. I too want to lost weight but that hasn’t come yet. I can say that my skin is gorgeous, my energy is up and my mind is more clear. Because my mind is more clear and less frantic I don’t feel bent about not losing weight yet, I trust that’ll come with time. I bring my smoothies every day … whoever doesn’t like it, don’t look!

      • SGS Rawkstar says:

        Hi Maureen,

        You couldn’t be more right! You’re fueling your body with simple, healthy, natural choices + treating your body right! We love hearing how you’re seeing changes in your energy, skin, + mind. And love seeing how your supporting your fellow SGS rawkstars!

        Cheers πŸ™‚

    • SGS Rawkstar says:

      Hi Donna,

      You’re beautiful inside + out! We’re so sorry to hear about the comments you’ve received from your co-workers. You’re fueling your body with delicious and healthy fruits, vegetables + leafy greens – that’s something to be proud of and we’re proud of you!

      Looking to use green smoothies to help you along your weight loss journey? We’re here every step of the way with you! Did you know Jadah lost 25lbs by replacing one meal with a Simple Green Smoothies?

      https://simplegreensmoothies.com/about

      We’re making healthy lifestyle changes that will last a lifetime! Our goal for your is to drink at least one 2-cup serving green smoothie a day in addition to your regular diet. If you would like, you can replace 1 or 2 meals with green smoothies. If you drink green smoothies as meal replacements, make sure to add a protein boost (plant-based protein powder, nut milk, nut butter), or snack on some nuts or a hard-boiled egg 30-60 minutes after you drink your green smoothie.

      https://simplegreensmoothies.com/plant-based-diet/protein-powder-for-smoothies

      https://simplegreensmoothies.com/recipes/meal-replacement-smoothie

      If you want to burn fat, you want to include plant-based smoothie ingredients that have the following weight loss effects:

      -Jump start your digestion
      -Burn excess fat
      -Reduce and expel bad cholesterol
      -Provide energy for your cardiovascular system
      -Detox and hydrate your body
      -Promote healthy bowel movement
      -Decrease your appetite for processed foods and sugars

      The Kiwi Berry Punch is a low-calorie, nutrient-dense smoothie recipe that combine the best fruits and veggies for an optimal approach to healthy weight loss.

      https://simplegreensmoothies.com/recipes/fat-burning-smoothie

      Reach out with any questions! We’re here for you!

    • AnnMarie says:

      Donna,
      I agree with Fabienne, fruit adds sugar! And if you have not add some exercise, at least 20 minutes of cardio to your day. 20 minutes is the minimum to burn fat! If you are like me, and have a desk job, then that is not helping! I have been mostly a stay home mom up until 3 years ago. I say mostly because I am also a massage therapist and that is not a full time job. πŸ˜‰ Last November, I took a desk job then in December fell on ice in my driveway and broke my wrist. Thankfully I had that desk job, but being in active for 6 weeks I put on some (20 pounds) weight. I didn’t realize how active I had been before this job. I wish all the best and keep your chin up. I have also found out that working in an office can get pretty negative. Good for you for moving past that and keeping the finish line in view.

    • Sue says:

      Unbelievable that your coworkers said that to you!!! I just can’t believe how low life and scummy they are. Sorry, just speaking the truth. I’ll bet you that they are jealous of you in the workplace anyway….

      • SGS Rawkstar says:

        Hi Sue,

        Sometimes people can be mean when they don’t understand. That’s why its so important to share the green smoothie love with others! Inform others of their health benefits, delicious taste, + how they’ve improved your life!

        Cheers to health, happiness, + leafy greens!

  9. Marie says:

    A Thermos Funtainer bottle would keep the smoothie cold and mostly hidden (just the bit of straw sticking out).

    https://www.thermos.com/catalogsearch/result/?q=funtainer

    You can pick them up at Target, Walmart, Toys R Us…

    • SGS Rawkstar says:

      Hi Marie,

      Thanks for sharing! We love that they’ll keep smoothies cold until lunch, and we know kids will love the themes + prints!

      Cheers πŸ™‚

  10. Dana says:

    Greetings,

    I pack lunches daily. The school lunch menu at my child’s school does not appeal to either one of us. I pack apples w/peanutbutter or Nutella, grapes & a sandwich at times using Applegate lunch meat. She also prefers fresh shredded carrots & broccoli w/ranch dip. I use a Yumbox or a Rubbermaid lunchblox to pack her food. It’s become an addiction now trying to find cute ways to pack her lunch!

    • SGS Rawkstar says:

      Hi Dana,

      Those lunches sound amazing! I want to pack a few of your ideas for myself. Thank you so much for sharing!

      Cheers πŸ™‚

  11. Polly says:

    I drink my green and odd grey smoothies with no apologies peeps. Go for with confidence, you’ll pave the way for others and inspire curiosity in something healthy. For my kid’s lunch: bell pepper, or baby sweet bells, apple and peanut butter, low fat yogurt, and all organic because it matters. Ya it costs more so we don’t buy cable…. Life is all about choices. I want them to offer organics so I buy them. Happy school days everyone!

    • SGS Rawkstar says:

      Hi Polly,

      Drink your green smoothies proudly! Way to go, rawkstar! And way to provide your children with healthy + nutritious lunch options!

      Peace, love, + leafy greens!

  12. Super cute ideas for the lunch box! Thanks for sharing RAWKstar team πŸ˜‰ e + c

  13. Kayla says:

    I get harassed at work for green smoothies, I can only imagine what the kids would endure. Could we just say it’s new Ninja Turtle juice?!

    • SGS Rawkstar says:

      Hi Kayla,

      Love that idea! Kids have the best names for green smoothies – Hulk Smoothie, Swamp Juice…I’m adding Ninja Turtle Juice to my list of favorite names!

      Thanks for sharing!

    • Joan says:

      I just wanted to respond to your comment about being harassed at work. I was also. I used to leave the break room or wrap a kleenex around the bottle so no one could see it. Using a straw helps also. I refused to stop treating my body right must because some people were bothered. Also, the person who have me the hardest time is now sipping Green smoothies too! You are doing this for yourself. If people care about you, they will support you. If they don’t support you they don’t care, so you shouldn’t care about them either! You GO, girl!

      • Kristina says:

        I got harrassed at work…so the next day I brought smoothies for my 2 closest co-workers. Now if I want a green smoothie, I have to have it at home because they harrass me for not bringing them some everyday! Share the love and they’ll understand!!

      • SGS Rawkstar says:

        Hi Joan + Kristina,

        You’re totally right! The best way to combat any negative comments is to share green smoothies with others. They’ll be surprised how delicious being healthy can be. And really? Who harasses someone for being healthy? And never forget, you have us, and thousands others behind you!

        Cheers to health, happiness, + leafy greens!

  14. April says:

    Thanks for the tip on using berries to cover up the green part in the smoothie. I second the Hydro Flask idea. It’s stainless, drinks stay super cold and it doesn’t “sweat” like plastic tends to do.
    Love mine!!

  15. Sarah C. says:

    I would recommend investing in vacuum insulated bottles, such as from Klean Kanteen or Hydro Flask. They last forever and keep smoothies chilled ALL DAY :).

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