34 Healthy Snacks for Kids and Toddlers: Back to School Ideas

Kids love to snack! No matter if it is before bed, after school, or during play time – kids need constant energy, and snacks are a great way to provide them the right nutrients. However, finding nutritious and healthy snacks are often where the difficulty comes in.

Unhealthy snacks are typically more easy and convenient, which is great for busy parents.  It’s often easiest to grab a bag of chips while you’re running out of the house, but this can be a bad routine to get in for your kids.  

Fortunately, now there are so many easy, healthy snacks that don’t cost much more than junk food. Therefore, it only makes sense to make the switch now and get your child in a routine of eating healthier.

Snacks should be easy, healthy, and fun. Some snacks can make an easy breakfast, camp lunchbox essential or afternoon pick-me-up to supply your kids with whole body nutrients when you need them the most.

So let’s get started with some simple ideas for easy evening snacks for kids and toddlers in both packaged snacks and homemade snacks.

Healthy Packaged Snacks

Packaged snacks are easy for busy parents to buy, especially if you’re in a hurry.  I used to feel guilty always giving my children potato chips and cookies because those were the only store bought snacks that were easy and convenient.

However, now there are an abundance of options for pre-packaged healthy snacks that are great as road trip snacks for toddlers or after school or evening snacks for school-aged kids.

Sun and Swell Snack Bites

These are one of my favorite healthy snacks for kids! Organic, Gluten-Free, and Vegan, these Sun + Swell Snack Bites are sweetened only with dates; no added sugars, flavors, or preservatives, and taste delicious too!

Nurture Life Cookie Bites

There are many easy, healthy snacks that don't cost much more than junk food. Make the switch to healthy evening snacks for toddlers & kids

These school-safe, cookie-inspired snacks have little to no added sugar and are made with plant-based protein and other nutritious ingredients. They’re delicious and I love that the first ingredient is chickpeas and your littles will never know! A quick breakfast, an easy snack or a satisfying dessert—Mighty Bites do the trick any time of the day. 

That’s It Bars and Crunchables

These amazing, healthy snacks are all made from four ingredients or less. The fruit bars are now the #1 selling fruit bar in the U.S. and include only two ingredients: Fruit + fruit. That’s it. (…Get it?) 

Snack Magic Box

There are many easy, healthy snacks that don't cost much more than junk food. Make the switch to healthy evening snacks for toddlers & kids

With SnackMagic, you build your own snack stash. You choose from over 800 different snacks and the selection is diverse and will appeal to snackers of all ages and tastes. I had such a hard time choosing from their vast array of choices. Trust me, you’ll discover some new snack faves with fresh ingredients and hard-to-find brands.

Original Crispy Seaweed Snacks by Nora

If you’re looking for a satisfying, delicious, and vegan seaweed snack to try, you should definitely try Original Crispy Seaweed Snacks by Nora. It’s nutrient-dense, crispy, crunchy (just like your usual potato chips), low-carb, and gluten-free! This is a must-try snack, especially if you’re a foodie who loves Asian recipes!  – May Flanagan

Parm Crisps

There are many easy, healthy snacks that don't cost much more than junk food. Make the switch to healthy evening snacks for toddlers & kids

ParmCrisps are artisan-crafted crackers made of 100% Parmesan Cheese. The premium, aged Parmesan is oven-baked in small batches (never microwaved or fried) to a perfectly crunchy crisp, with 7 grams of protein per serving and 0 grams of carbs. With just one clean ingredient, ParmCrisps are the ideal snack for toddlers & kids. I personally love the snack mix with nuts too!

Orga Foods Super Crisps

When you’re craving something crunchy, Orga Foods is a tasty no brainer. Garlic & Onion, Vegan Cheese, Cranberry, Spicy BBQ, Cacao & Coconut and Spirulina, Orga Foods checks the box for every type of flavor preference. Rich in antioxidants, vitamins, and omega fatty acids, the products are certified gluten-free, vegan, organic, non-GMO, kosher, and Paleo and Keto-friendly.

reBLEND Smoothie Pops

reBLEND’s line of vegan superfood smoothie pops are the perfect easy and healthy after-school or evening snack. These pops incorporate unique ingredients like camu camu, Goji berries, Moroccan rose water, rosehip powder, baobab, plus tons of other fruits and veggies with countless health benefits.

Nature’s Bakery Soft Baked Snacks

Nature’s Bakery offers a line of better-for-you, soft-baked snacks made with real fruit and whole grains that are perfect to pack with any lunch or after school snack. Their products are also vegan, nut and dairy free. 

Orga Foods Guava Snacks

There are many easy, healthy snacks that don't cost much more than junk food. Make the switch to healthy evening snacks for toddlers & kids

When that sweet tooth kicks in, Orga Foods also offers sweet and chewy Guava Snacks! The perfect blend of guavas, walnuts, almonds & flax seeds, these chewy treats are an excellent source of Vitamin C.

Brain Bars

Brainiac Foods Brain Bars are a blend of purity oats, puffed quinoa, chia and pea crisps in a delicious, golden snack bar. Available in Chocolate Chip and Apple Cinnamon, every bar is whole grain, non-GMO, plant-based, soy-free and packed with omega, choline & lutein to support brain performance and boost immunity. 

Healthy Homemade Snacks

Parents want easy snacks for toddlers and kids that are easy to make, healthy, and tasty.  However it can be challenging to come up with easy recipes for homemade snacks, especially if you don’t know what ingredients work well together!

It’s easy enough to find recipes for dinner or breakfast – but not so simple to find healthy snack recipes. Making your own easy homemade toddler snacks is worth the effort because you know exactly what you’re putting in them.

Gluten Free Vegan Goldfish

Make your own Homemade Gluten-Free & Vegan Goldfish that are top allergy-free, grain-free, sugar-free, and secretly protein-packed! A healthy snack recipe mom’s and kids will love!

Frozen Yogurt Bark

This frozen yogurt bark is a great after school treat. The Greek yogurt provides more protein than ice cream but has a similar creamy consistency. The berries, nuts and chia seeds pack in even more nutrition. In a bowl, mix together 2 cups plain Greek yogurt yogurt and 2 tbsp honey. Line a baking pan with tin foil or parchment paper. Spread mixture evenly inside the baking pan. Top with fresh berries, chia seeds and almonds. Freeze for 4 hours. Remove from the baking pan and chop with a sharp knife. Store in the freezer.- Carly Johnston from NE Nutrition Advisors

Homemade Cheese Crackers

There are many easy, healthy snacks that don't cost much more than junk food. Make the switch to healthy evening snacks for toddlers & kids

For a savorysnack that isn’t full of yucky preservatives, use a food processor or mixer towhip up your own cheese snacks. This recipe takes less than 30 minutes andrequires just four ingredients but yields six dozen crackers.

Peanut Butter Cheerio Bars

These cereal bars don’t contain any refined sugar, but thanks to a generous dose of honey, have plenty of sweetness to satisfy any after-school craving.

Healthy Homemade Fruit Snacks

Kids will never know these chewy mango and strawberry fruit snacks contain veggies! Though the perfectly poppable snack does require some planning ahead (the mixture needs to be set overnight), it’ll keep for five days in the fridge.

Instant Pot Chex Mix

There are many easy, healthy snacks that don't cost much more than junk food. Make the switch to healthy evening snacks for toddlers & kids

This recipe is wonderful, because it not only uses less butter than other recipes, but is *super* crispy in the air fryer. Get the kids involved making the Chex mix before school, then have it warm and waiting when they get home! This recipe is also easily customizable for any food allergy they may have!

Five Minute Homemade Hummus

Healthy homemade hummus in minutes. Let the little ones measure and dump the ingredients, then blend and serve!

Rainbow Dessert Pizza

Jason’s Rainbow Dessert Pizza uses pizza dough as a base, then tops with vanilla yogurt and delicious berries for a colorful, tasty, and healthy snack or dessert! Versatile and easy, you can use pre-made dough, and swap out berries and fruit for your kid’s favorites.

Homemade Granola Bars

Made with Local’s Granola Bar Mix is perfect to have on hand in your pantry to cook up a batch of delicious, nourishing granola bars. Just add 1 bag of Bar Mix to 1/2 cup of nut or seed butter and 1/2 cup of honey, mix well, press into a square pan, bake for 10 minutes. These bars can be considered lunchbox friendly when made with seed-safe butter. So simple and so healthy!

Toast with Barney Butter

Make the switch from fatty and caloric nut butters to the best almond butter, Barney Butter! It’s vegan, gluten free, peanut free— everything you need to kick-start your day— the healthy way! Barney Butter blanches their almonds to create an unbeatable smooth and creamy texture!  You can’t go wrong with a quick almond butter and banana toast or a nutritious blueberry almond butter smoothie. Barney Butter is a new versatile and hardworking pantry basic (that’s not so basic!)

Blueberry Coconut Cashew Bites

There are many easy, healthy snacks that don't cost much more than junk food. Make the switch to healthy evening snacks for toddlers & kids

These super-easy-to-make Blueberry-Coconut Cashew Bites will keep you powered up and fueled throughout the day! Using ingredients from Wilderness Poets, a small, family-owned food company that manufactures ultra-high quality nut butters, organic seeds, berries, trail mixes and superfood powders. 

Homemade Granola

Tired of store-bought granola loaded with additives, pale oats, and underwhelming dried fruits? Let’s fix this by making our own quick and easy granola! With a welcome crunch and sweetness, this wholesome cereal serves up a perfect back-to-school snack.

5-ingredient Chickpea Flour Crackers

Super easy, healthy and delicious 5-ingredient Chickpea Flour Crackers with the perfect sea salt touch! These delightfully crunchy crackers are naturally gluten-free, vegan, nut-free and are packed with protein + fiber!

Homemade Strawberry Ice Cream Sandwiches

Homemade strawberry ice cream sandwiches are a sweet treat you’ll feel great about giving your kids — and yourself! They’re super easy to make using frozen bananas and strawberries, graham crackers, and all your favorite ice cream toppings.

Roasted Carrot Hummus

There are many easy, healthy snacks that don't cost much more than junk food. Make the switch to healthy evening snacks for toddlers & kids

Roasted carrot hummus is a bright and fresh veggie dip, cracker spread, or healthy filling for sandwiches or pita. A nice alternative to hummus made with chickpeas or beans — just as smooth and creamy and more flavorful. 

Pepperoni Bites

These super easy pepperoni bites are a great punch of protein for your kiddos when they get home from school. With just two ingredients, your kids can easily “make” this declisious recipe.

Summer Rolls

There are many easy, healthy snacks that don't cost much more than junk food. Make the switch to healthy evening snacks for toddlers & kids

These summer rolls are made using healthy fresh vegetables, and rice noodles. Dip them in homemade peanut sauce, a sweet chili sauce, or enjoy them plain.

Chia Seed Pudding

Chia seed pudding is healthy and delicious and can be stored in the fridge for days. Add your favorite flavors and top with fresh fruit for a great boost of flavor!

Magenta Sunshine Pops

Magenta color from beets mixed with the sunshine flavor of oranges—a perfect pairing for a hot day. Leftover smoothie? Add Beet juice powder, freeze — ta da — delicious pink popsicle.

Lemon and Dill Stuffed Cucumber Cups

Pastina pasta fills these bite-sized, healthy cucumber cups that can be ready in just 10 minutes! Plus, kids will love the vibrant flavors of lemon, dill, and feta cheese.

Easy Guacamole

This recipe for guacamole is made using fresh, plant-based ingredients. Use it as a dip for your favorite fresh veggies or crackers.

Chicka Chicka Snack

It’s back-to-school time, which means our little ones will be learning all about the alphabet. Let’s make learning letters fun (and delicious!) by making the coconut tree from Chicka Chicka Boom Boom!

Airfryer Chickpeas

These easy Airfryer Chickpeas are a crispy, addictive snack you can have any day. This is vegan, gluten-free, customizable, and healthy. What else reason do you need to try this kid-friendly snack?

Acai Bowls

Made with Florida Crystals, Acai bowls aren’t as hard to make as you think! This is a thick smoothie made with acai powder and topped with fresh fruits and granola.

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