With everything going on in life as a parent, snack time can be a little tricky. What to give your kid for snack time? Today I’m sharing a post all about kids snack ideas. This list has been so helpful for me and has made snack time so much easier, my hope is that it helps make your life a little easier too.
We all know that mom out there. The Pinterest Supermom. She does everything with such ease; plans meals, takes adorable photos, packs perfect lunches and snacks, has a beautiful home with zero clutter, well behaved kids, and the list goes on. Well, I always strive to be the best mom I can be, but honestly, I’m thrilled to have a messy home if that means I was spending time with Ben instead of cleaning! All moms are supermoms in my eyes and we’re just all doing our best. One thing I try to be very mindful of is healthy eating – regardless of how busy life gets. I want Ben to have healthy snacks so that if grandma wants to give him Cheetos I feel ok about it because he’s gotten so much other nutritious food in his diet.
I am here to tell you, by making kid snack boxes, you will feel like the Pinterest Supermom. You can at least fool people into thinking you’ve got it all together, even if you don’t (and then we’ll cheers over a glass of wine for making it through the day -after I deliver the twins I’m currently pregnant with!)
As I was prepping for this blog post, I was secretly worried that it would take so much time to make snack boxes. However, I’m happy to report that it took all of 10 minutes to put together 5 super amazing snack boxes. Enough for a weeks’ worth. These are my very favorite containers to use!
10 minutes a week? That I can handle.
The real secret to putting together amazing kids snack boxes is to include something they love and then have some balance. Since I blank on ideas sometimes, I put snack ideas into different categories, and then I like to pick something from each category.
My son Ben’s favorite snack is Cabot Cheese (as you know from my recent post on healthy kids mac n’ cheese). He absolutely LOVES the Cabot Seriously Snacking cheese (it’s an individually wrapped .75 oz Seriously Sharp cheddar cheese) and he loves the Colby Jack Cracker Cuts (which I love as a mom because it’s pre-cut cheese and the package seals itself back up!)
I’ve put together a list of items I use while creating super easy snacks for Ben, and to build a snack box I pick items from the different categories. It’s that easy!
- Cabot cheese (Seriously Snacking cheddar or Cracker Cuts)
- Whole grain crackers
- Freeze dried fruit/dried fruit
- Granola bar (these or these are great homemade granola bar options)
- Pretzels/yogurt covered pretzels
- Trail Mix (like this banana tuxedo chip trail mix)
- Nuts or seeds
- Deli meat/meat sticks
- Veggie straws
- Fruit leather
- Tzatziki (homemade recipe here)
- Nut butter/sun butter
- Bell pepper slices
- Cherry tomatoes
- Apple slices
- Orange slices
- Hard boiled eggs
- Energy bites (like these oatmeal cookie energy bites)
- Pasta salad (like this tortellini pasta salad)
- PB+J sandwich
Every little shortcut you can take when prepping these snack boxes will save you time and make you want to make these boxes again and again. Cabot cheese makes it so easy to have snackable bites that any kid is sure to love.
I’d love to hear from you -what some of your favorite kid snack items? I’m always on the hunt for new ideas!
This post is brought to you by my partnership with Cabot Cheese. As always, all thoughts and opinions are mine alone. Thank you for supporting the brands that make the SweetPhi blog possible.