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.
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.
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.
Healthy 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
- Berries (blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, blackberries)
- Clementines or oranges, cut if needed
- Grapes, sliced in half vertically
- Fruit Wands
TIP: Slice fresh fruit into small cubes or very thinly for little kids so the pieces are easy to bite.
Fresh 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.
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)
- Toddler pouches (like these Clearly Crafted ones or these yogurt pouches)
Whole Grain Toddler Snacks
These are some of my favorite whole grain snacks for kids.
- Cereal (low sugar): Cherrios, Kix, Chex
- Cubes of sandwich
- Cinnamon raisin bread
- Homemade Cheesy Oat Crackers
- Honey Graham Energy-Bites
- Soft-Baked Granola Bars
- Whole grain crackers (we like Bitsy’s Brainfood. Breton Crackers, or Triscuits Thin Crisps)
- Whole grain pretzels
- Whole grain graham crackers
TIP: These Oatmeal Muffins are a forever favorite of ours.
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.
- Veggie Straws
- Cheese crackers
- Snap pea crisps
- Quinoa Chips (these are softer than regular chips, and high in protein)
- Mini rice cakes
- Chickpea Puffs
- Triscuits Thin Crisps (which are easier to chew than traditional ones)
Healthy 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!).
- Cheese, sliced, cubed, or string cheese
- Cottage cheese
- Drinkable yogurt
- Milk (dairy or nondairy)
- Plain yogurt or a Fruit-on-the-Bottom Yogurt
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!