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10 Easy and Healthy Grab-and-Go Snacks For Kids

You know how it is, you're running out the door on to the next fun thing and you remember you need to grab a snack for your little one. This seems easy, but sometimes it can be hard to come up with something on the fly. You may even resort to, "I'll just get him something at our destination," but then that destination only offers junk and you've got a hungry kid on your hands. To help solve that problem here are my top 10 favorite healthy snacks to grab on the go.

  1. PB&J. You really can't go wrong with this one. No need for refrigeration and it takes two minutes to make. It also provides your child a healthy snack, but tastes like a treat.
  2. Hummus. Put it with pita, put it with crackers, put it with veggies, put it with apples. Put it with anything and it's a go. Spoon a little into a mini Tupperware, stick your side in a baggie, and you're all set.
  3. Banana, Apple, Orange. Seriously, the banana is the most ingenious snack ever devised; it even has its own container. Throw it in your purse and take off (apples and oranges hold up well in a purse too!).
  4. Clif Bar. Thank you Clif, for your bar. They make kid-sized Clifs, but we usually just share a regular-sized one with our munchkin. A granola bar is handy, too.
  5. Yogurt. OK, this one may be a bit more difficult, but if you get yourself a little insulated lunch bag, yogurt becomes a quick and easy snack to grab. Don't forget a spoon!
  6. Annie's Organic Cheddar Snack Mix. Actually, Annie has a bunch of different snack mixes, but this is my favorite . . . oops, I meant my child's favorite! You can buy them in bulk at Costco and they are super-easy to grab on the run.
  7. Celery Sticks With Peanut Butter. This is a new favorite of ours. They take a bit longer to throw together but they sure are tasty!
  8. GORP. That's right, good ole' raisins and peanuts! Trail mix is a super-handy snack and easy to throw in a baggie for your little ones.
  9. String Cheese/Mini Babybel Cheese. Yay, cheese! This is another one that you'll need your insulated lunch bag for, but you really can't go wrong with cheese; most kids really love it.
  10. Applesauce. Those individual applesauce packs are really handy and don't always need to be kept cool. It's also another snack that tastes like a treat.

So there you have it: 10 easy, healthy, grab-on-the-go snacks!  Now go have some fun!

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AmandaSmart48185 AmandaSmart48185 3 years
Great list, pity about the negative comments! Understand about allergies but c'mon people use your common sense!
Sarah-|-The-Cyclist's-Wife Sarah-|-The-Cyclist's-Wife 3 years
JmohojoMohojo - As I said, if asked or in a peanut free situation we would absolutely not bring a peanut snack. But I disagree that the local park, indoor playground or beach are places that non-allergic people should avoid eating peanuts. These are public places (assuming the indoor playground is public, we don't have these). Peanuts are allowed on airplanes, Southwest hands them out all the time - unless there is an allergic person on the plane, then they give an alternate snack. Thank you for your alternate suggestions! Rhionna - Thanks for your input, our kid likes all the veggies too.
JmohojoMohojo JmohojoMohojo 3 years
Since many schools don't allow peanut products because at least one child will have a peanut allergy, isn't it safe to say that the local park, indoor playground, beach etc. will have someone with a peanut allergy? You can't eat peanuts on airplanes either, for a reason. Most stores are carrying a plethora of new grab n go bars, squirty fruit sauces, dried veggies etc. by organic or all natural companies. The choices of gluten free are increasing as well. We love cereal, dried, in any container, on the go.
RhionnaHerbert RhionnaHerbert 3 years
Children under the age of 4 are not advised to have peanut as it can increase the risk of developing asthma. That's what is recommended in the UK anyway. Also carrots sticks and cucumber sticks went down well with my kids when they were little and are still big hits for picnics.
Sarah-|-The-Cyclist's-Wife Sarah-|-The-Cyclist's-Wife 3 years
Hi there, I'm the author and I believe the comments showing here are part of the old thread. I'll stand by my original comments and note that our child does not have a peanut allergy so these are snacks that work for us. If we were in a peanut allergy situation, we obviously wouldn't bring a peanut based snack. The title of the article is "10 Easy and Healthy Grab-and-Go Snacks For Kids" NOT "10 Easy and Healthy Grab-and-Go Peanut Free Snacks For Kids". I'm sorry if your child has a peanut allergy, that's a drag. That said, we live in a world with peanuts and not everyone has an allergy. There are plenty of non-peanut snacks on the list. I welcome more non-peanut free suggestions from all of you other moms out there. Complaining that the article is rude and thoughtless without making any real suggestions is just negative an not helpful to anyone. Thanks for any helpful non-peanut suggestions!
LauraBrinskey LauraBrinskey 3 years
My son has a peanut allergy and before he came along me and my other kids enjoyed peanut snacks! So, I have been on both sides of the tracks! Parents of kids with allergies are not whining!!!! Our children can die from simple cross contamination! Your kid could have eaten a pb and J'sandwich for lunch and then touch my kid on the hand! Literally, if his hand goes to his mouth, he could have a severe, life threatening reaction! I am not anti-peanut if it isn't near my son, just don't eat it around him! Those are great snack ideas if you don't have an allergy and there are great alternatives out there! I can't believe that people can be so rude about something so serious! I am glad that your kids do not have allergies, it is life changing for all family members and I don't wish allergies on anyone...but I do ask for respect! Food allergies are more than a sniffle or watery eyes...our kids can quit breathing and die!!! Think about it!
jennibrowne jennibrowne 3 years
OK? I'm assuming PB&J is peanut butter and jam sandwich?? Not what I call a desirable snack. Cliff bars please explain??? Maybe it's a muesli bar of some sort?? I always or try to make my snacks and freeze them ready to take out that morning or night before. I make them into bite size so we have a variety of snacks, not all are healthy yet I do know what goes into them :) Fruit stix and cheese stixs we always keep in fridge - just grab and run. Handy to to just leave fruit stix in your handbag to feed kids and hubby without taking up too much room. Popcorn is another simple yet quick 2mins to make fresh and mix with dried fruits or by themselves. I place them in lock bags and the stay fresh for ages so handy to have individual serves ready. In the freeze could be mini fruit muffins, yogurt/fruit cake slices, muesli bars homemade, LCMs (rice bubble treat homemade) savoury muffins. Anything I can make I normally freeze so kids don't get bored. If we have a spare 10mins beforehand homemade dim sims are healthy and quick to steam up.
JmohojoMohojo JmohojoMohojo 3 years
My kids hate celery. They can't bite through it or it gets stringy and stuck in their teeth. I might as well just pack a bowl of peanut butter and a spoon. :-) Also, the peanut butter thing. I try to be sensitive when going to public places and AVOID peanuts of any kind. Kids with peanut allergies are everywhere and while I don't know any personally I am sympathetic to their condition and would suggest avoiding this outside of the home, in public places. Babybel is my kids' favorite go-to snack! They just open the fridge and it is in the kid's snack drawer. My 2 year old can grab one by herself and she loves opening it and squeezing the halves so the cheese pops out! It's fun!
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