Smart Snacks for Kids

Studies show that snacking accounts for 20% of kids' daily calories. Be sure little ones are getting their recommended vitamins and minerals by serving healthy snacks.

  • Santa Fe Snack Seeds
    By Kimberly Pettigrew, Photo: Oxmoor House

    Santa Fe Snack Seeds

    Sunflower and pumpkin seeds may be small, but they contain quite a few nutrients, making this sweet-and-spicy mix one of our healthy kids' recipes. Pack the mix in small airtight containers for a fun gift idea.

    Recipe: Santa Fe Snack Seeds

  • Oats and Buttermilk Snack Cake
    By Kimberly Pettigrew, Photo: Karry Hosford

    Oats and Buttermilk Snack Cake

    This simple snack cake is a treat for both kids and kids at heart. Eat these oat-filled cakes right out of the oven or wrap individually in plastic wrap and pack in a lunchbox for a healthy treat.

    Recipe: Oats and Buttermilk Snack Cake

  • Boiled Edamame
    By Kimberly Pettigrew, Photo: James Carrier

    Boiled Edamame

    High in fiber, low fat, full of protein, and rich in all 9 essential amino acids– this truly is a snack with a nutritional punch. Make it fun for kids by showing them how to open the edamame pods and pull out "magic beans."

    Recipe: Boiled Edamame

  • Peach-Oat Muffins
    By Kimberly Pettigrew, Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Tyler Asbury

    Peach-Oat Muffins

    Nutrient-packed muffins are food pyramid powerhouses. Kids love them because they're sweet; moms love them because peaches are high in vitamin C, oats and whole grains are loaded with fiber, pecans have heart-healthy fat, and buttermilk is full of calcium and protein.

    Recipe: Peach-Oat Muffins

  • Puffed-Up Chocolate Chip Cookies
    By Kimberly Pettigrew, Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Jan Gautro

    Puffed-Up Chocolate Chip Cookies

    Chocolate chip cookies get a nutrition makeover with a secret ingredient– applesauce. It replaces some of the fat in the recipe, and kids love the sweetness.

    Recipe: Puffed-Up Chocolate Chip Cookies

  • Peanut Butter-Banana Spirals
    By Kimberly Pettigrew, Photo: Karry Hosford

    Peanut Butter-Banana Spirals

    Kids will wear smiles after trying these crunchy mouth-size morsels that are rich in heart-healthy monounsaturated fat and potassium. Little chefs can be a big help by mixing ingredients and rolling the tortillas into spirals.

    Recipe: Peanut Butter-Banana Spirals

  • Whole Grain Marshmallow Crispy Bars
    By Kimberly Pettigrew, Photo: Van Chaplin

    Whole Grain Marshmallow Crispy Bars

    Roll up the kids' sleeves so they can help mix-up these tasty whole grain bars. The whole grain cereal is rich in fiber, making stomachs feel fuller, longer.

    Recipe: Whole Grain Marshmallow Crispy Bars

  • Maple-Chile Popcorn
    By Kimberly Pettigrew, Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner

    Maple-Chile Popcorn

    Spice up popcorn in just 20 minutes with five simple ingredients. Short on time? Try drizzling the sweet and spicy sauce on microwavable popcorn. If the chile adds too much spice for children, simply omit and enjoy the sweet 'n' salty maple popcorn.

    Recipe: Maple-Chile Popcorn

  • Fruit Medley with Mint and Lime
    By Kimberly Pettigrew, Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Cindy Barr

    Fruit Medley with Mint and Lime

    Say goodbye to store-bought fruit cups. This homemade version is packed with an assortment of colorful, heart-healthy fruits without the added sugar and preservatives. This whimsical treat even allows little hands to help out in the kitchen.

    Recipe: Fruit Medley with Mint and Lime

  • Two-Tone Puff Straws
    By Kimberly Pettigrew, Photo: James Carrier

    Two-Tone Puff Straws

    Sweet or savory? Let the kids choose between our variety of straw-seasonings– Mexican Cheese, Tomato-Basil, Cinnamon-Nut, and Coconut-Orange. The quick and easy snacks are freezable, so kids can easily re-warm straws in the microwave.

    Recipe: Two-Tone Puff Straws

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