If your kids are anything like mine — or even if your kids are nothing like mine! — chances are they kinda like snacks. Like, you can always get them excited about something quick and easy, whereas a full on meal can sometimes be hit or miss.
And even when you’re nailing the three square meals, you want the in-between snacks to be wholesome and high quality. The problem with that is, the snack pantry isn’t always the healthiest place to find food you can feel good about feeding your kids. I try really hard to keep anything too sugary or unhealthy out of the house completely. Out of sight, out of mind, ya know!
So how do you keep the kids happy without the guilt of feeding them junk food? Here are 6 easy snacks you can feel good about feeding your kids. They are quick, easy, and not fussy at all (unlike the kids you’re feeding them to).
6 Snacks You Can Feel Good About Feeding Your Kids
Homemade Fruit Snacks
You’d be surprised how quick and easy it is to make your own fruit snacks at home. There’s only 4 ingredients, plus there are all kinds of fun shapes you can use as the molds!
Apples and Peanut Butter
A classic oldie but goodie. This is not a snack I always think to make, but whenever I do serve apples and peanut butter it’s always a hit. I like to spread the peanut butter on the apple just to make it that much easier for the kids to gobble down. Whenever my kids go through an anti-protein phase I feel better about their nutrition when I can get some protein packed peanut butter in them!
Goldfish Colors – (Bonus Coloring Page Printable)
If there is one food I know I can ALWAYS get my kids to eat, it’s Goldfish. The kids especially love Goldfish with the fun colors. And I especially love the fact that they’re baked, use 100% real cheddar cheese, don’t have any weird artificial flavors or preservatives, and something new that I just found out is that the colors are all sourced from plants. I think that so so cool, and definitely fits in with the type of food I love to feed my kids
Goldfish Colors actually has this thing going on for the month of October where you can vote for your favorite color, and the color with the highest votes will get its own limited edition bag. These are the ones you can vote for – check out where the colors come from!
- Red: The red Goldfish crackers are colored using a mix of red beet juice concentrate and paprika extracted from sweet red peppers. Wholesome and colorful. You can’t beat that.
- Green: The green Goldfish crackers color comes from watermelon & Huito juice concentrates mixed with extracted Turmeric. That’s Huito. Pronounced wee-toe. Colorful and fun to say!
- Yellow: The yellow Goldfish crackers color comes from extracted Turmeric. A beautiful color that makes you think of warm sunshine on a perfect day.
- Blue: Our subtle blue crackers come from Huito (derived from South American fruit) and Watermelon juice concentrates. These crackers have so much fun, they never get the blues.
My daughter’s favorite color is the red, but I voted for the blue because a) it’s my favorite color, and b) it’s really fun to say “Huito”.
I thought it would be cool to make a little craft out of the Goldfish, so I made this fun coloring page that you can fill in with the different colored Goldfish.
I feel like it reminds the kids how important it is to be aware of where your food comes from and what’s in it. My daughter had a lot of fun “coloring” with the Goldfish.
To download your free coloring page, just click on the picture below and print it off.
Homemade Fruit Leather
I’m not sure how much fruit is actually in your standard store-bought fruit leather, but with this super easy homemade fruit leather recipe you know EXACTLY what is going into your snack. They take a few hours in the oven at a very low temp, but the prep time is something ridiculous like 2 minutes. Even the grown-ups love these!
Cheese and Grape Sandwiches
This is another classic flavor combination that is also really kid-friendly. Even though both cheese and grapes are classic “kid food”, combining them together helps expand their flavor palates.
Pretzel Berry Trail Mix
I going to be honest with you. I’m not a huge fan of the packaged trail mix, so I never buy it even though I know it’s a great snack to have on hand. But once I realized I could just buy the components separately, and only put in what I like, we often have a bag of homemade trail mix lying around the house.
For this one below, I combined pretzels, dried blueberries and cranberries, peanuts, and dark chocolate morsels. YUM!
So there you have it. 6 super simple snacks you can feel good about feeding your kids.
What are your favorite snacks to give the kiddos? Let me know in the comments.
Don’t forget to Plant Your Vote for your favorite Goldfish color!
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