healthy snack ideas for kids

Healthy Nutritious Snacks for Kids

While snacks are pretty ubiquitous in most homes with little kids, there are definitely ways to make snacks a healthy option for children. Ideally, a snack is a small nutrient dense mini-meal, eaten a couple hours between meals and not too close to the next meal. Children will typically need one to three snacks throughout the day.

Plan and provide your child’s snacks around the same times daily. If children seem to be munching at every opportunity, it may help to take a step back and look at the types of food they are snacking on and distinguish the difference between a treat and a snack. Additionally, identify the reason for the snack, is it physical hunger or emotional hunger. Use the following snack list as a reference for providing super nutrition snacks to your children! 

Crunchy Snacks

  • Air popped popcorn
  • Roasted chickpeas
  • Nuts
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Carrot sticks
  • Cucumbers
  • Sugar snap peas
  • Freeze dried strawberries
  • Freeze dried bananas
  • Frozen fruit
  • Fresh apples
  • Plain cheerios
  • Fresh cherry tomatoes
  • Bell peppers

Non-crunchy Snacks

  • Plain yogurt – sweetened with cinnamon and vanilla extract
  • Unsweetened applesauce – add your own cinnamon
  • Cheese stick
  • Cottage cheese
  • Fresh fruit
  • Turkey jerky
  • Hummus
  • Hard boiled eggs
  • Individual tuna cups
  • Deli meat roll ups (low-sodium sliced turkey wrapped around 1 cheese stick)

Interested in setting up a nutrition consult? Schedule an appointment with one of our pediatric dietitians at Feed to Succeed by phone (847.724.8015) or email ( Follow us on Facebook and Instagram!

pediatric nutrition cooking demo

Breakfast Cooking Demo

We all know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but mornings with kids can be hectic! Freshen up your mornings with new, easy breakfast ideas! We’ve teamed up with culinary expert and local mom, Lauren Smekhov, to offer parents and children a fun morning of taste testing and chatting. We’ll follow up with a Q&A with the Feed to Succeed team and Lauren.
Take home a complete recipe guide and shopping list to enable you to make these delicious soups at home for yourself! Tickets – $20 per person. To register, PM us, email or call (847) 724-8015.

Cooking demo for parents and children. Try the recipes and receive the cookbook.

Join us!

May 11
FREE pediatric nutrition screening from 10-11AM | Cooking demo at 11AM {$20}

About Our Culinary Coach

Lauren Smekhov has years of practical experience getting delicious food onto the table. As a cookbook editor, recipe developer, chef instructor and mommy of two silly girls, she knows how to take whole ingredients and teach real people how to feed a family in a healthy, well-balanced way. Follow her journey through cooking and traveling on Instagram @lauren.smekhov