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Fuel your busy family with these easy and nutritious on-the-go snack ideas! From energy-boosting bites to protein-packed options, these snacks will keep you going all day long.
Why Healthy Snacks?
Each summer I love to take advantage of the time my kids have off school to fill their little minds and hearts with fun, adventure, and learning.
As my three children have gotten older and out of the nap stage, summer days revolve around trips to the pool, parks, and various “field trips” and “road trips.”
That means a good store of healthy, on-the-go snacks is essential for these various venues to keep the “campers” happy and full of energy!
But… finding healthy snacks isn’t always easy!
We’re here to help. Below we’re sharing our list of store-bought healthy snack ideas plus a huge list of homemade snack recipes.
Store-Bought Healthy Snack Ideas
- Pistachios – These handy to-go packs are not only delicious and nutritious, but they’re also the perfect size to fit in your backpack, purse, lunch box, or gym bag.
- Skinny Pop – Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Non-GMO. Kids and adults love this!
- Bear Bites – A great alternative to graham crackers.
- Lara Bars – 100% real ingredients. Larabar makes simple and healthy snacks you can feel good about eating.
- Grass-Fed Mini Beef Sticks – All natural ingredients and high in protein. My high school athlete son takes these to school every day.
- Fit Joy Gluten Free Pretzels – “I love these pretzels! They are crunchy and have the perfect amount of salt!” – Deb
- Oikos Triple Zero Yogurts – These individual Greek yogurts are high in protein and lower in sugar than most because they are partially sweetened with Stevia.
- Clementines – The perfect fruit to take on the go! They are best in the winter.
Homemade Healthy Snack Ideas
Pack up some of these nutritious, homemade snacks for when you’re on the go.
No Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Energy Bites
These freezer-friendly, no-bake oatmeal energy bites come together in minutes and are full of all real food ingredients. I don’t feel quite so bad grabbing a few of these delicious, chocolatey treats! Great for after-school snacks too!
The Best Homemade Popcorn
This “real food” popcorn rivals any movie theater popcorn. Make a big batch in just a few minutes and then store in an airtight container. It lasts for 2-3 days when sealed.
Oh these little orbs are absolutely delicious and a relatively healthy no-bake cookie. I stick them in the fridge or freezer and they can last for weeks (although they never stick around long!).
Banana Pumpkin Muffins
This is hands-down my family’s favorite, whole wheat muffin recipe. These muffins are naturally sweet and moist. Store in the fridge or freezer for longer life, but like the Powerball Cookies, they’ll probably disappear pretty quickly.
Cinnamon Tortilla Rolls
With only 4 pantry ingredients, these are easy enough for kids to make, and they really do taste like mini cinnamon rolls. Yum!
This simple granola recipe is one of the easiest and tastiest you will find on the Internet. It’s got 5 main ingredients but you can easily add more if you want to jazz it up. Such a simple, healthy snack!
Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate Covered Pretzels
They are as good as they sound. This healthier twist mixes dark chocolate and peanut butter before dipping, so the coating has twice the flavor and some added protein!
Peanut Butter and Dark Chocolate Banana Bites
There is something about small bites that make a snack even more delicious. Give this tasty combo a try.
Gluten-Free Banana Muffins
These are some of the easiest and BEST Gluten Free Banana Muffins I’ve ever had. They are made with all real food ingredients and absolutely moist, delicious, and healthy!
Baked Apple Chips
by Delighted Momma
SO good!! The perfect healthy treat!…plus they made my house smell delicious.
Fruit Pizza Roll-Up
Wrap up your favorite healthy foods inside the perfect take-with-you soft tortilla.
These all “real food” cookies are packed with protein, potassium, fiber, and calcium. They’ve been a family favorite for years.
Hard Boiled Eggs
Boil eggs, peel and store in the fridge for a filling, protein-rich snack that can be eaten almost anywhere.
Homemade Chex Mix
This Homemade Chex Mix recipe is easy to whip up, makes your home smell ah-maze-ing as it bakes in the oven, and is an addictive snack food that has proven to be a crowd favorite for decades. The recipe comes from my grandma and its secret sauce is the key to its deliciousness.
Homemade Fruit Roll-Ups
by Our Best Bites
Besides the fact that these taste simply amazing, you control exactly what goes in there, and I love that.
Crispy Kale Chips
by Sweet Cayenne
A quick, healthy alternative to potato chips when the craving strikes! Change up the seasoning depending on your mood.
Zucchini Breakfast Cookies
Zucchini for breakfast!? Yep. And bananas, oats, and nut butter, too. All in one transportable, super nutritious, tasty COOKIE.
Chocolate Banana Muffins
Ok, you caught us. We are big muffin fans around here. But, cross my heart, these baked goods are actually pretty darn good for you and so yummy!
Homemade Clif Kid ZBar
Cut up and wrap these bars separately in plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator or freezer for a quick and healthier treat. The refrigerator also keeps them from melting in warm little hands in the car!
Put a little fruit salad in a small Pyrex container with lid. Perfect when riding in the car or at a sporting event.
Turkey Snack Box
Put together a custom lunchable with your kiddos favorite foods.
by The Clean Eating Couple
These easy vegan protein cookies can be made with any protein powder and are so delicious! Gluten-free, dairy-free, easy to make, and tasty.