Healthy Snacks to Go

By: Kyra Kuik.

When you’re running out the door with kids in tow, healthy snacks can be your secret ammunition against meltdowns. Healthy snacks are a great way to keep the little ones happy and full, and are a much better alternative to sugary snacks that will only leave your kiddos with an empty stomach and a sugar crash.

Healthy snacks like fruit leather, veggie chips, and applesauce cups are all great options if you’re in a hurry. When you have a few extra minutes, have some fun with these quick, delicious ideas, just make sure to give yourself enough time to assemble everything (sometimes the night before is best), so all you have to do is grab and go.

Pro Tip: include wet wipes in the bag along with the snack so that sticky hands can quickly be wiped.

Celery Sticks

This healthy snack has become a classic, for good reason: “ants on a log” is a fun, delicious and healthy snack (if your girls don’t like the idea of ants, they can always become ladybugs!). Just cut celery into sticks, fill the groove with creamy peanut butter, and dot raisins on top. For a nut-free version, use cream cheese mixed with a little brown sugar along with raisins.

Kebabs

This is a fun, portable snack that has loads of options! Just slice fruits, cheese, or lunch meats into chunks and push them onto the kebab sticks. Try variations with vegetables and chunks of chicken, or strawberries and marshmallows for a treat. Just make sure that the sticks don’t have sharp ends.

Pro Tip: Kebabs are great for picnics and days at the zoo, but do not try to serve them when moving or in the car, as they could become dangerous for your little ones.

Frozen Yogurt Bananas

A snack that has the wholesomeness of fruit and dairy, but the taste of a dessert! Just slice a banana up, coat the sections in vanilla yogurt, and roll them in crushed cereal (cornflakes work nicely). Freeze the sections in a container, and let your kids have them soon after you take them out, or they’ll get a bit messy.

Granola Bars and Balls

Another fast snack option is granola bars; and if you have some time you can make them at home with just a few ingredients. Combine 2 cups of granola with 2 tablespoons each of honey, peanut butter, and milk, then roll them into balls and chill. You can add or substitute other fun ingredients, like chocolate chips, dried fruit, almond butter, or coconut. Letting your girls choose the add-ins and help roll the balls make it a fun activity with a delicious result.

Flavored Popcorn

There are a lot of options for buying popcorn, including individual bags you can get in bulk. Another easy idea is to just pop it at home and divide it into plastic bags. You can even drizzle a little olive or coconut oil and sea salt into the bag beforehand. Then add the popcorn in and have your girls help shake for a delicious variation. Popcorn, like granola balls, are also a great option because they don’t need refrigeration; you can stick a bag into the car for later use.

Smoothies

This snack is great because you can give it to your kids on the go in a sippy cup. You can also make it in fairly large batches and use it for a few days in a row. Just blend yogurt, milk, ice, and any combination of fruits or vegetables. It’s nice to use frozen berries for this, because you can use less ice and get the same frosty result.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Kyra Kuik works for a creative internet marketing company in Seattle, WA. You can connect with Kyra via Twitter.

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