Kid Snacks (and Snacks for Grown-Ups Too)

May 31, 2012 in Categories: , , , , by

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One of the biggest challenges of eating paleo is the loss of convenience foods.  As adults, we survive by giving up snacks (it’s better to thoroughly space out our meals anyway), by freezing our own food for quick and easy dinners during the week, by embracing leftovers, and by planning ahead.

But the loss of convenience foods is all the more challenging when it comes to feeding kids.  Kids typically need to eat more frequently.  They don’t always give us much warning when they’re hungry.  And they are apt to have complete meltdowns if food isn’t fast enough when they’re “starving”.

So, what are good snack foods for kids?  Well, I guess the short answer is anything they will eat and is easy for you to put in front of them.  Since even the word “snack” can mean a variety of things (is it something your kids will eat at the table? in the car? at school? at a picnic?), I decided to assemble a list of ideas to help inspire you.  As I tried to decide the best way to present all these ideas, I decided a simple list was best.  All of these snacks should be fairly quick and easy to prepare (many of them could be packed for school lunches or snacks out of the house).  I’ve also classified my ideas into two categories: “Make Ahead” means that this snack is very easy to grab but you need to have baked or otherwise prepared food ahead of time, and “Super Portable” means that you can easily throw it into a bag or container to eat in the car or stroller.  (If you have very young children, make sure you aren’t giving them a snack that is a chocking hazard).

Snack Idea
Make Ahead
Super Portable
NUTS AND SEEDS:
Almond Butter or Other Nut or Seed Butters (by the spoonful, spread on paleo bread, spread on paleo crackers, spread on celery, or with apples for dipping),
Fresh Coconut or Coconut Flakes/Chips
X
X
Homemade Trail Mix (just combine your favorite nuts, seeds and dried fruit)
X
X
MEAT AND EGGS
Leftovers (chicken strips, meatballs, roasted or grilled meat)
X
Jerky or Meat Sticks (US Wellness Meats has a variety to choose from)
X
Grass-fed Deli Meats (bologna, summer sausage, etc.  again, check out US Wellness Meats)
X
Pate and Paleo Crackers or Veggies (US Wellness Meats)
X
Canned Fish (don’t laugh, but my 2-year old LOVES Brisling Sardines), Smoked Fish or Jerky
Devilled Eggs (with paleo mayo)
X
Hardboiled Eggs
X
X
Leftover Scrambled Egg or Omelet
X
Grass-fed no-filler hotdogs (Applegate has one as does US Wellness Meats)
X
VEGGIES:
Leftovers (spiced yams, mashed cauliflower, steamed or roasted or grilled veggies, etc.)
Raw Veggies (broccoli, carrots, celery, avocado, cucumber, tomatoes (yes, I know they are technically a fruit), bell peppers, jicama, cauliflower, spinach, etc.)
X
Steamed, Roasted or Grilled Veggies (see my post But I’m Bored of Vegetables for ideas)
X
X
Veggies (raw or blanched) and Paleo Dip (guacamole, ranch dip, etc.)
Olives or Pickles (even better if you make your own!)
X
X
X
FRUIT:
Fresh Fruit (apples, bananas, grapes, berries, mango, pineapple, papaya, melons, pears, peaches, apricots, kiwi, oranges, etc.)
X
X
X
Fruit Salad
SNACK BARS:
Homemade Fruit and Nut Bars (like my recipe for Chocolate-Date Squares)
X
X
LÄRABARs (Read the ingredients list because some flavors contain peanuts)
X
X
X
X
LOWER-SUGAR PALEO BAKING:
X
Homemade Fruit and Nut Bars (like my Chocolate-Date Squares)
X
X
Paleo Muffins (carrot-parsnip, broccoli-banana, zucchini, etc)
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
Plantain Crackers        X        X
OTHER:
Smoothies (with coconut milk or almond milk)
X
X

Particular Easy to Keep Stashed in Your Purse/Diaper Bag:  LÄRABARs, Tanka Bars, Nuts, Coconut, Seeds, Dried Fruit, Fruit Leather, Freeze-Dried Fruit (unopened package), Jerky(unopened package)

Some extra options for Lacto-Paleo/Primal Snacks:  Cheese Sticks or Slices, Yogurt, Kefir, Freeze-Dried Yoghurt (Happy Baby brand has the least sugar, the best taste, and the most probiotics), Kefir Smoothies (Lifeway Organic ProBug is particularly portable, available at Whole Foods)

Comments

This is a wonderful post. Thank you! I don’t have kids, but I am an adult who still needs an occasional snack…and portable foods, since I travel a lot for work.

Great post. As a homeschooling mother of seven, I am constantly struggling to find enough snacks for everyone! Thanks for reminding me how easy it can be. I think I’ll print and post your list!

Thank you for this! I’ve been panicking for weeks at the thought of vacationing this summer while on GAPS. I can’t eat everything on this list, but it gives me some good ideas. Thank you!!

Fantastic post – thank you. I’m just in the “transition” phase of converting my family. I’m having great success with all family member although my very active teenage son is “always” hungry and therefore I’ve been looking for a long list of snacks – you provided everything that we need! I can’t thank you enough!

Great ideas for people but I just have 1 comment. Larabars support Monsanto so I feel that we as people should stand up and not support the companies that do that.
I would think you agree and I just hope we all pass that around. There is no room for genetically modifying seeds especially for our children!

Inka chips also makes a plantain chip that is sold on Amazon which is just plantains, palm olein, and salt. Sold in 4 oz portable bags
for that “chip” craving!

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