Easy store bought healthy snacks for kids and toddlers! Here’s what I grabbed at the grocery store this week.
- Back to Nature Graham Sticks
- Lentil Crisps
- Freeze Dried Apples and Berries
- Quaker’s Caramel Rice Cakes
- Kashi Soft n’ Chewy Bars
I have to buy some things pre made but I can’t blow my $200 budget on expensive snacks. These snacks are great for grabbing on the way out the door, and I even keep some in the car for backup. I like the Lentil Crisps and Kashi bars because they have veggies and protein. The freeze dried fruit bags are easy to feel good about because the only ingredient is fruit. I thought about buying plain rice cakes which have less sodium and sugar, but I didn’t think they would be a hit. I feel ok with the nutritional facts of the caramel and apple cinnamon flavors. The cheddar or ranch flavors have much higher sodium. Looking at the ingredient list of the Back to Nature Grahams verses some other brands, I feel better about the list on Back to Nature where the other brands have chemicals or additives/ preservatives that I don’t like. Lentil Snaps can be found in the produce department and freeze dried fruit is next to the raisins.
To go along with these store bought snacks I made a batch of Kids’ Energy Poppers. If you shave ever made energy balls these are very similar but more kid friendly. Don’t be turned off by the spinach if you’re not a big spinach eater! Fresh spinach has a mild, crisp, sweet flavor so there is no way you can compare it to the bitter mushed canned or stewed spinach!
Kids’ Energy Poppers:
- 1.5 c of oats
- 1 tablespoon of coconut oil
- 3/4 c of nut butter
- 1/2 c of cranberries
- 1/2 c of fresh shredded spinach
- 1 tablespoon of flaxseeds
- 1 tablespoon of chia seeds
- Toast oats on a baking sheet in the oven at 350 for about 5-10 minutes.
- Microwave nut butter and coconut oil for 30 seconds, stir. Continue microwaving at short intervals if needed until easily blended and smooth.
- Stir oats, cranberries, raw spinach and flax and chia seeds into nut butter mixture with a rubber spatula. Ingredients should come together and stick like damp sand when you squish a small handful. If the mixture is dry add a sprinkle of water, or just run your hands under the water and try making a popper with wet hands.
- Form into small patty shapes and freeze on a baking sheet until frozen solid. Package in ziplock bags in portions of 2-4 and keep in the freezer to add to lunch boxes.
I did other quick healthy grab and go snacks for the freezer by making a batch of Kids’ Freezer Sandwich Slims. Have you ever bought the frozen peanut butter and jelly or grilled cheese Uncrustables? The idea is you grab a frozen sandwich out of the freezer and it defrosts in the lunchbox by lunch time. These are a great less expensive, homemade substitute! You can really do any flavor that you like! I made a variety of Sandwich Slims from whatever I had in the pantry. I like the Sandwich Slim Bread because it’s compact for little mouths to bite into, and they can fill up more on the sandwich fillings than the bread.
Kids’ Freezer Sandwich Slims
- One package of Sandwich Slim Bread
- Peanut Butter, Banana and Honey
- Tuna, Mayo and Pickles
- Turkey, Mayo, Cream Cheese, and Sliced Cheese
- Cream Cheese and Fresh Raspberries
Prepare your favorite sandwiches on the sandwich slim bread. Wrap tightly in foil, label and freeze for easy, healthy grab and go snacks or lunches!
I love preparing a batch of snacks or lunches and then freezing them because our days are busy enough! I don’t want to have to squeeze in time to cook or pack lunches every day. With these healthy snack choices I can open the freezer and grab a few things, stuff a snack and cup of yogurt in the lunch box and be on my way.
I am so excited to share my next post, Family Freezer Cooking: 101! I am going to teach you the basics of freezer cooking and help you learn to prepare homemade healthy meals for the entire family so that you can eat delicious healthy food, save money, have more playtime, and stress less about preparing food. It’s going to be so awesome and SO EASY! If you want to join me, you can start going through your plastic wear now. Find your storage containers and their lids, throw out things that don’t have a lid and grab some quart and gallon sized freezer bags next time you’re at the store. I’ll share all of your materials and a few easy recipes on my next post! Can’t wait!Share it!