Top 13 Cheap & Healthy Snack Ideas for You and Your Kids

Let’s talk snacks… If you are a mom, you know how daunting it can feel to include snacks that are nutritious all the time. You make lunches, and they need snacks. When they come home from school, they want to snack before dinner. Finally, there’s the night time snack after dinner. I don’t know about your kids, but mine love to snack! So, where should you find so many healthy snack ideas?

I have found that making my own snacks has been both healthier (I know exactly what goes in them) and cheaper (I purchase the ingredients in bulk). Therefore, many of my favorite snacks are homemade. I’d like to share some healthy snack ideas that not only are a hit with my four boys but that I enjoy as well.

a healthy snack with bananas and peanut butter

No Bake Healthy Snack Ideas

No bake. Need I say more?

First, my favorite no-bake snack that once is in my fridge disappears the same day. I literally don’t bother putting them in Tupperware or baggies because there is no point. The only warning is that they are SUPER addicting.

1. No Bake Energy Bites

The recipe calls for old-fashioned oats, toasted coconut flakes (optional- I’ve made these without coconut flakes, and they are still tasty), peanut butter, ground flax seed, semisweet chocolate chips (or vegan chocolate chips), honey or agave nectar, chia seeds (also optional), and vanilla extract. Basically, all you have to do is measure out the ingredients and mix in a bowl, chill for a half hour and roll into balls. I leave these in the fridge, and they are gone the same day.

2. No Bake Cookies

Yes, this requires a stovetop, but it takes only 15 minutes to prepare. If you love chocolate, peanut butter, and oats, this is a snack you will enjoy. What is also great about these are the ingredients are similar to the energy bites, so some of these are ingredients you want to keep stocked up on. You will need the followings: butter, unsweetened cocoa, peanut butter, vanilla, quick oats, milk, sugar. Some optional ingredients to add are shredded coconut, peanuts, chopped almonds or walnuts.

Healthy Snack Ideas to Keep on Hand

It’s not always convenient to make all of your own snacks, so when you are short on time or need something easy to throw in your bag on the go, here are some choices.

1. Kettle Brand Organic Salt & Fresh Ground Pepper Potato Chips

a bag of Kettle Krinkle Cut potato chips

These are light, crunchy, and delicious. They do not contain GMO’s and are just as satisfying as other potato chips, without the guilt.

2. Clif Bars

a large box of Clif bars

These are a family favorite in my house. I always keep a few on hand on the go. There are so many flavor varieties that you are bound to find one that you love. Our favorites are the Crunchy Peanut Butter, White Macadamia Nut, and Sierra Trail Mix.

3. Annie’s Fruit Snacks

the label of a bag of Annie's fruit snacks

I love Annie’s products! They are guaranteed GMO-free and made with organic ingredients. Although they may be a little more expensive than their competitors, I don’t feel guilty about giving them to my kids. They are a little softer to chew than the regular fruit snacks but very tasty!

Healthy Snack Ideas for the Sweet Tooth

Everyone needs a little sweetness in their life. But you don’t always need to have the processed sugar and ingredients to enjoy chocolate.

1. Chocolate Covered Raisins

These are an excellent choice for many reasons. They are very inexpensive, come in small boxes that are convenient for on the go. They are very sweet and nutritious.

2. Chocolate Peanut Butter Fat Bombs

Yes, they do have fat, but the good kind, without the carbs or other GMOs. Here’s what you will need: pasture butter, virgin & unrefined coconut oil, unsweetened peanut butter, cocoa powder, Stevia or sweetener of choice.

Warm Weather Healthy Snack Ideas

With summer on the rise, ice-cream snacks and pops are popular. Here are two alternatives to cut down on the processed sugar and substitute with nature’s sugar.

1. Banana-Based Ice Cream

Yes, ice cream! It really can’t get any healthier than using fruit to create the favorite summer treat. The best part is, you can eat just banana flavor, but there are clever ways of creating different flavors. All you need are bananas, a freezer, and food processor. Pre-freeze the bananas, slice them, throw them in the food processor, and you’re done!

If you like a firmer ice cream, throw it back into the freezer for a bit longer. For ways to spice up the banana ice cream, there are other ingredients to add to its flavor to create strawberry-banana, mint chocolate-chip, and even green tea.

2. Smoothies!

Another “cool” idea for summer that you can blend up quickly for a refreshing treat are smoothies. There are so many options for how to make them, depending on your favorite fruits. I prefer using frozen fruit. This way you don’t need ice, and you don’t have the worry of your fruit going bad before you use it.

Sometimes fruit can be pricey, but it’s not nearly as expensive as buying them at a restaurant or ice cream shop! I like to wait for a sale. My kids beg for smoothies on a very hot day. So, I stock up on frozen fruit to cut out the drive through for expensive, sugar filled drinks by making these at home!

Healthy Snack Ideas Made with Veggies

Veggies are the biggest struggle to get my kids to eat. So, if you can mask them in a delicious snack, why not? The best veggies to eat are the green ones, so here are two ways to sneak them into a fun way to eat.

1. Green Monster Smoothie

This delicious smoothie is made with banana, peanut butter, spinach, yogurt, milk, and ice. The beauty of it is that the banana and peanut butter mask the spinach taste, and the kids think the color green is fun.

2. Green Power Mojito Smoothie

For more of a tart taste, this smoothie packs nutrition and taste. If you can get your kids to try it, you’ve won the veggie battle! This is made with: spinach, pineapple, orange, banana, and mint leaves.

Healthy Snack Ideas Made with Fruit

Fruit, although delicious, can get boring to eat. Here are two ways to enhance what nature has already made mouthwatering.

1. Frozen Grapes and Kiwi

There’s something about the crunch of food that turns ordinary into special. Simply taking fruit and freezing it creates eating fruit special. If you or your kids aren’t big on eating fruit, give it a try!

2. Yogurt-Coated Strawberries

This is sweet and delicious and simple to make. All you need to do is dip strawberries in yogurt and freeze! It doesn’t get easier than that.

Let’s Recap

Sometimes it just takes getting a few simple, healthy snack ideas to get thinking about more creative ways to snack a little healthier. If you are like me, you like to keep your favorite recipes on hand for less thinking, a quick reference for grocery shopping, and for making the actual snack. Most of the links I have included will lead you to a printer-friendly version of the recipe for a paper version to keep in one spot. I hope this has been beneficial. Happy snacking!

Image source: 1

Comments

comments


Earn Cash Back For Shopping. Save At Your Favorite Stores. Plus, Sign Up Now And Get A Free $10 Gift Card!