Five Healthy Snack Ideas for Kids

Are you stumped when you have to come up with new healthy snack ideas? Kids get bored with apples and carrot sticks. Variety is needed to keep things interesting, so here are five kid-friendly snacks to try.

Sandwich on a Stick

Cut whole wheat bread, cheese and lean lunch meat into bite size chunks. Thread the chunks on a wooden skewer with pickle slices, grape tomatoes and pieces of lettuce. Serve with mustard for dipping. Skip the stick and serve as finger food for younger children.

Yogurt Sundaes

Give each child a bowl of plain or vanilla yogurt. Set out toppings such as banana or strawberry slices, blueberries, trail mix and granola. Allow children to build their own healthy sundae.

Banana Dogs

Spread the inside of a whole wheat hot dog bun with a thin layer of peanut butter. Slice a banana in half lengthwise, and put it inside the bun. This fun sandwich is very portable and easy for kids to handle.

Mini Tacos

This is great when you have leftover taco fixings. Put baked corn tortilla scoop-shaped chips on a plate. Fill the scoops with refried beans, ground beef, cheese, lettuce, tomato, olives, low-fat sour cream, salsa and any other toppings that you have on hand. These are also great with just beans and cheese.

Fruit Dippers

Slice a fruit that your child enjoys, such as apples, pears, mango, watermelon or cantaloupe. Berries and grapes also work well and do not need to be sliced. Make a simple dip by blending a single serving container of plain Greek yogurt with a tablespoon of peanut butter, a teaspoon of honey and a dash of cinnamon.

Children who eat a variety of interesting, tasty snacks are less likely to beg relentlessly for chips, soda, cookies and candy. Here are some more healthy snack ideas for when your child is craving something:

  • Creamy: Cottage cheese, deviled eggs, egg salad, frozen banana slices (blended into "ice cream") or guacamole.
  • Crunchy: Red pepper slices, kale chips, whole wheat crackers, popcorn or veggies with dip.
  • Salty: Pita with hummus, olives, nuts, pickles, lunch meat, string cheese or trail mix.
  • Sweet: Smoothies, frozen grapes, frozen berries or mashed sweet potato.

This article is intended to promote understanding of and knowledge about general oral health topics. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your dentist or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or treatment.

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Tips for a Healthy Diet

  • Foods high in sugar are a particularly common cause of tooth decay. Making these foods a treat rather than a staple will help protect your teeth.

  • To maintain a balanced diet, eat a variety of foods from each of the five major food groups.

  • When choosing a snack, go for nutritious foods such as cheese, raw vegetables, plain yogurt or a piece of fruit.