Coming up with yummy and healthy snack ideas for kids each day can be a big challenge. This master list of toddler snacks, which includes both fresh and store bought, will make it easier to serve nutritious food that your kids will actually want to eat.

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Snack Ideas for Kids

It’s so easy to get stuck in a rut of offering the same few foods…and having a toddler who only wants to eat a few foods! I hope that this toddler snacks list helps to remind you of other options when you feel stuck, or that it encourages you to try a few new foods with your little one.

TIP: You can try to pair up two items from different categories to keep things balanced—and make sure the kids have enough to fill up on at each snack time.

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Toddler Snacks

I think that we often put too much pressure on ourselves when it comes to snacks for kids and really, they don’t need to be perfect. And they can also be easy and include store bought foods.

I always try to think of snacks as a way to offer foods we haven’t had a chance to enjoy at other meals, while also trying to avoid tracking nutrition too closely.

Most kids eat fairly balanced if you zoom out and look at their intake over the course of the week, so try that if each meal or a day seems less than balanced.

TIP: Click here for a downloadable and printable version of this post.

fruit-for-kids on counterHealthy Fresh Fruit Snack Ideas for Kids

Here are some easy fresh fruit ideas to try with your kids. There are some fun ways to serve them shown above.

  • Apples, thinly sliced into matchsticks or very, very think slices
  • Bananas
  • Berries (blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, blackberries)
  • Clementines or oranges, cut if needed
  • Grapes, sliced in half vertically
  • Fruit Wands
  • Kiwi
  • Melon
  • Mango
  • Pears

TIP: Slice fresh fruit into small cubes or very thinly for little kids so the pieces are easy to bite.

sliced-veggies-for-kids-lunchesFresh Vegetable Toddler Snacks

Offering veggies at snack time is a helpful way to increase the odds that the kids will eat more throughout the day. Here are some easy ones. Use the visual above to know how to start offering raw veggies, working left to right as the kids improve their chewing skills.

  • Avocado, cubed or on bread
  • Snap peas, slivered as needed
  • Cucumbers, sliced or diced
  • Cherry tomatoes, halved or quartered
  • Shredded carrots or carrot slices/sticks (raw carrots are very hard to chew, so make sure they are very thin to start)
  • Thawed frozen peas
  • Thawed frozen corn
  • Thawed edamame

TIP: Offering a dip or sauce alongside any of these veggies.

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Healthy Shelf Stable Produce Ideas

These are some of the fruits and veggies I like to keep on hand in my pantry for additional options besides just fresh.

  • Apple chips (homemade or Bare Snacks)
  • Applesauce pouches
  • Dried fruit (mango, apricots, cranberries, cherries, cut into small pieces as needed)
  • Freeze-dried fruit and veggies
  • Canned fruit in 100% juice
  • Fruit leather (torn into little pieces as needed)
  • Raisins
  • Toddler pouches (like these Clearly Crafted ones or these yogurt pouches)

TIP: We also LOVE Dino Bars, which are a soft fruity toddler snack bar. (Use my affiliate code yummy10 to get 10% off.)

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Whole Grain Toddler Snacks

These are some of my favorite whole grain snacks for kids.

TIP: These Oatmeal Muffins are a forever favorite of ours.

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Fun and Healthy Snacks Ideas for Kids with Crunch

Kids often like crunchy textures, but steer clear of things like chips or tortilla chips since they can be hard to chew and potential choking hazards. Here are some ideas to chew.

TIP: You can also try Sweet Potato Chips or Strawberry Chips.

cottage-cheese-and-raspberriesHealthy Dairy Snack Ideas

Feel free to pair any of these with a fruit for an easy snack. Whole milk dairy will help keep the kids fuller until the next meal (and often tastes better!).

TIP: We love the Beets n’ Berries Smoothie Melts from Amara, which are a shelf-stable yogurt melt with organic fruits, veggies, and whole milk and are a quick-dissolve, safe snack for little kids. (sponsored)

Legumes/Nuts/Meat Toddler Snacks

Snacks can be a great time to offer protein from vegetarian or meat-based sources. Here are some of our favorite easy options.

  • Hummus (on crackers, bread, or as a veggie dip)
  • Chickpeas (like these Soft-Baked Cinnamon Chickpeas)
  • Chopped cashews and walnuts (2 or 3 and up)
  • Cubed chicken
  • Cubed turkey
  • Deli meat (sliced turkey, ham, or salami, cut up as needed)
  • Edamame, thawed and out of the pods
  • Frozen peas, thawed
  • Nut butter (on toast, on apple slices, as a dip for pretzels, etc)

TIP: And of course, you can always serve leftovers as snacks as a mini meal!

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I’d love to hear about your favorite snacks for kids, so please chime in below in the comments!

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  1. Sorry you have to deal with a couple snarky, snobby commenters. IMHO, those people are tone deaf in a way, and probably come from a middle/upper middle class background. Not everyone does, and these foods are acceptable options for those who can’t afford to spend an arm and a leg at a store like Trader Joe’s. Also, like Any already mentioned, there are organic/non GMO options if that is what you are willing and/or able to spend your money on. Please consider being open-minded and put yourself in another person’s shoes.

    1. Edit: autocorrect wins again! Should be Amy, not “Any”. ? P.S. I’ve deferred to your lists for guidance on more than one occasion! Thanks!

  2. You have shared a lot for us, but I like your healthy & tasty recipes of Snacks. Some of the recipes are outstanding which are most beneficial for the kids. Thank you for your participation.

  3. Hi Amy, Thank you for sharing, such wonderful recipes, and snack items with us my sister has acute little toddler and she keeps asking me what all items she can make to eat him, now this post will surely help her know what all items she can share it with her little tod.

  4. I look at this list at least once a week. Thank you so much for this. Question: I want to get my kiddo crackers and pretzels, but worry about them being to hard or choke-y. She did not like Triscuits. Do you think Wheat Thins would be ok? And is there a form of pretzel, or a brand, you like?

    1. You could try Wheat Thins, the round whole grain crackers (they make little ones) from Trader Joes, the crackers from Bitsy’s Brainfood (usually available at Target or Whole Foods) or a whole grain Ritz type cracker. Mini pretzel sticks are usually less hard than larger ones and could be a good place to start. Let me know if you have any other questions!

  5. Thank you for all your ideas Amy!
    It can get overwhelming trying to be creative in planning meals and snacks for the family! I really appreciate your ideas and approach! As a Registered Dietitian myself, I was really pleased with your approach, ideas and enthusiasm! Their is a lot of information on the internet and it’s not always what I’m looking for. I found all of this very useful and plan to frequent your website!

  6. Thank you for this list Amy. It’s a helpful place to refer to to get kids on the right track towards making healthy choices.

  7. Thanks for the suggestions, but these are not all healthy options. Veggie straws are processed junk food and dried fruit is basically lots of unnecessary sugar. Deli meats are not healthy options for toddlers, as they have high levels of nitrates. Corn is so genetically modified and has zero nutritional value.

    1. I appreciate your comment! I think it would depend on your definition of “healthy”. Most fruit leather doesn’t have added sugar and can be a good shelf stable option for on the go. Deli meats don’t necessarily have nitrates and corn isn’t necessarily GMO. I don’t aim for perfection, but moderation and being realistic. And then we each get to decide what to do with our own kids!

    2. I thought some of the same. The other problem I had was the thawed veggies. On most of the frozen veggies packages it gives an indication that you shouldn’t eat it raw.