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Snacks kids don’t know are healthy

Elaina is a Phoenix-based freelance writer, blogger and co-founder of the Kidlee baby book app. Check out her blog, Fun Finds For Mom, for product reviews, recipes and fun activities for moms and kids.

15 yummy and healthy kid snacks

Looking for healthy snacks the kids will gobble up without thinking twice? Check out our picks for delicious and nutritious snacks (both homemade and store-bought) you'll feel good serving.
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Apple nachos

Apple nachos

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To make apple nachos, slice apples and drizzle with your favorite nut butter. Sprinkle on chocolate chips and pecans for a sweet and healthy snack.

2

Fruit juice

Fruit Punch Rush

Feel good giving the kids an occasional glass of juice when it's Mott's varieties like Fruit Punch Rush. With 40 percent less sugar than other juices, no artificial sweeteners and a full serving of fruit per cup, it's a choice you can feel great about. When the weather warms up, freeze the juice in ice pop molds for a healthier popsicle.

3

Cheese and crackers

Cheese and crackers

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Cheese slices and whole-grain crackers give kids the calcium and fiber they need (and the delicious taste they love). You may not have the time or inclination to build Pinterest-worthy cheese sailboats and sea creatures, but it is fun to grab the cookie cutters and stamp out fun cheese shapes every now and then.

4

Chocolate zucchini muffins

Chocolate zucchini muffins

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Want to increase the kids' veggie intake? These irresistible chocolate chip zucchini muffins are an easy way to sneak in their greens.

5

Popcorn

Popcorn

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There's a reason why popcorn is considered a "superfood." Not only does it taste delicious, but it's also a whole-grain food that's packed with fiber and low in calories.

6

Crunchy roasted chickpeas

Crunchy roasted chick peas

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Chickpeas, also called garbanzo beans, are transformed into a sweet crunchy snack when baked in the oven and dusted with cinnamon and sugar.

7

Sweet potato chips

Sweet potato chips

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Sweet potatoes are packed with vitamins and minerals. The kids might not like them whole, but they'll love crunchy sweet potato chips! Slice thin, toss with olive oil and salt and bake at 400 degrees for 20-25 minutes.

8

CLIF Kid Organic Zfruit + Veggie Snacks

CLIF Kid Organic Fruit + Veggie Snacks

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Have you tried the new CLIF Kid Organic Zfruit + Veggie Snacks? Kids will never know these tangy, twisty fruit ropes are made with veggie puree and have three grams of fiber each!

9

Baked apple chips

Baked apple chips

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Kids will love sweet and tangy homemade apple chips. Slice apples thin, sprinkle with cinnamon and bake until crisp. Stand back and let the kids dig in.

10

Trail mix

Trail mix

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Set up a trail mix station and let the kids mix up a custom batch of healthy goodies. Use granola, nuts, dried fruit, coconut and a few chocolate chips or M&Ms.

11

Seaweed snacks

Seaweed snacks

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Seaweed is a huge food trend this year thanks to its antioxidants, vitamins, calcium and anti-inflammatory properties. Moms, you'll want to nosh on these crispy, salty sheets of green goodness too. Why? Seaweed helps regulate hormones and is one of the few foods that contains iodine, helpful for maintaining a healthy thyroid.

12

Fruit leather

Fruit leather

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Healthy homemade fruit leather, or fruit roll-ups, have been a kid favorite for years. You may be surprised at how easy it is to make these sweet eats.

13

Rice cakes

Rice cakes

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Rice cakes deliver the crunch kids love and the baked goodness moms love. Top mini rice cakes with cream cheese or nut butter and add a piece of colorful fruit on top to make these adorable Fruity Rice Cake Bites.

14

Freeze-dried fruit

Freeze dried fruit

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If you've ever heard the words "Mom, the apples were brown and mushy again!" then you know it's not always convenient to pack a fresh fruit snack. Fortunately freeze-dried apples deliver the same nutrition in the form of a crispy chip.

15

Adorable apple mouths

Tap into your crafty side and create these cute little apple mouths your kiddos will love.

This post was sponsored by Mott's.

Expert tip

Celebrity trainer Jillian Michaels says she fills her diaper bag with healthy snacks like organic, low-fat string cheese, hummus and carrots, bananas, or fruit puree pouches.

More fun and healthy snack ideas

Appropriate play date snacks
Tips for prepping the lunchbox the night before
Make-ahead snacks for play dates

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