27 Healthy Snacks For Children and Adults

I’m often asked what I feed our girls for snacks. Actually, if I am honest, several of our snack food items are usually added together to make lunch.

We homeschool and run our business from home so my snack ideas apply to what Dave and I eat, too.

It’s just the 4 of us so we are pretty laid back.

We often eat lunch around the island in the kitchen chatting about school, work, or what needs to be done in the afternoon.

I don’t like to meal plan so at lunch we brainstorm what’s for dinner. 

I have some GO TO dinners that we rotate to keep things simple.

Fresh Fruit Makes a Great Snack

Here Are Some Of My Snack (aka lunch) Ideas

You can eat these snacks if you are trying to lose weight but be sure to stick to small servings and don’t eat your trigger foods. 

By the way, you may be tempted to judge my choices.

That’s ok.

We don’t eat perfectly all the time.

I try to make sure we eat a combo of fat, protein, and carbs for meals but sometimes our snacks are a little carb-heavy.

Fresh fruit:  Whatever deliciousness is in season and organic whenever possible.

Veggies:  carrots, radishes, sugar snap peas, celery, peppers, cucumbers, and cherry tomatoes.

Eggs: boiled, scramble or fried – we have eggs at least 3 times a week, if not more.

Almond Flour Muffins: This is a recipe I like to use.

Eggs Are Good Anytime of the day for a snack

Cheese: cheddar cheese or cheese sticks. Raw or organic when we can get it.

Beef Jerky: Organic grass-fed meat is the healthiest. We like these Graze Sticks and Organic Pacific Gold Strips.

Protein Shakes:  Our favorite brand are the Isagenix Isalean Protein Meal Replacement Shakes.(most days it’s my lunch)

Handful of Nuts: I usually have a variety of raw nuts on hand (cashews, pecans, or almonds). 

Pancakes or Waffles: We eat “breakfast for dinner” a lot and I make extra pancakes when I do. I make these pancakes that are gluten-free and packed with protein (get the recipe here).

Nuts Make Great Snacks

Applesauce:  The girls like to add cinnamon to theirs.

I often add this collagen for protein without changing the taste or texture.

Popcorn:  We use an air popper. You should avoid eating microwave popcorn because it’s full of toxins. (read more about that here)

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Hot Chocolate: My easy recipe is heated milk, raw cocoa powder, and stevia to taste.

Apples: Usually we eat them with organic peanut butter or almond butter.

Hummus:  We use veggie sticks, organic crackers, or organic tortilla chips to dip with.

Ants-on-a-log:  Celery sticks with organic peanut butter topped with raisins.

Dill Pickles:  I get mine at Traders Joe’s since it’s the only reasonable priced organic ones I can find.

Organic Greek Yogurt: Regular yogurt has too much sugar and added ingredients.

Organic Granola Bars: I get an organic brand but try to avoid them myself because they are a trigger for me. I never can eat just one.

Protein Pancakes

Protein Bars: Our favorite are the Isagenix Chocolate Peanut or Decadence Bars since they are packed with low glycemic macros and grass-fed whey protein
If I don’t have them on hand I may grab an organic protein bar at the grocery store.

The kids organic Z-Bars don’t have much protein but will work for my girls during soccer season.

Homemade Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies (click here to get my recipe)

Organic Crackers with Cheese or Peanut Butter: Again, I usually get organic whenever possible.

Oatmeal Cakes: Ok, these aren’t exactly cakes. More like a cross between a cookie and cake called Slim Cakes.  Each serving is packed with fiber, omega-3s from flaxseed and antioxidant-rich blueberries and cranberries.

Deviled Eggs are great for a snack or lunch

Trail Mix: I often just mix together organic craisins and cashews.

Deviled Eggs: Replace mayo with Greek yogurt to make them healthier.

Chickpea Poppers: Thoroughly dry canned chickpeas. Spritz with extra-virgin olive oil, season with dried oregano and garlic salt and roast at 400° until crisp.

Oatmeal: We add stevia, cinnamon, collagen and a scoop of grass-fed whey protein.

Guacamole:  We use carrot sticks or organic tortilla chips to dip with.

Guacamole for lunch or snack

This Is How We Eat More Protein

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Adequate protein is important for all of us even our kids. We attempt to eat some protein with every snack.

It doesn’t always happen but that’s my plan.

If I find my girls are snacking on too many high carb foods I have them make a “quick shake”

Basically, it’s a scoop of protein in a shaker bottle with 8 oz of water and ice.  They gulp it down and go about their business.

I add collagen to as many foods as I can for the added protein and health benefits, too.

It mixes easily with cold or hot foods.

It’s especially great easy to add to oatmeal and applesauce.

You can’t even taste it. I get mine in bulk on Amazon.

Did This Give You Some Snack Ideas?

I hope this gave you some ideas that will help you make snack time (or lunch) easier.

I’m all about keeping things simple.

I don’t like to meal prep so having some of these healthier foods on hand all the time helps us make quick snacks and meals without a lot of hassle.

What other snack ideas do you have?

Healthy Snack and Lunch Ideas for kids