8 Healthy Snacks Kids and Parents Will Both Love

Oatmeal might seem boring, but there are many ways to pack flavor into a breakfast bowl. You could also make oat bars to take on the go.

PEANUT BUTTER AND BANANA BITES

Slice a banana lengthwise and spread one half with peanut butter. Top with the other half and cut into one-inch pieces. Eat at room temperature or freeze into a frozen treat for a tasty boost of protein and fiber.

Jif Peanut Butter (16-ounce jar), $8, Amazon

Jif Peanut Butter Creamy 16 oz

TURKEY AND FRUIT ROLL-UP

Take a slice of deli turkey, spread with a thin layer of honey mustard and wrap it around a slice of pear or apple. It’s an unusual way to add daily protein.

MAKE-YOUR-OWN TRAIL MIX

Mix a combination of one from each “group” using a handful as a serving size (about one ounce or a quarter of a cup):

  • low-sugar, whole-grain cereal (like Cheerios or Fiber One)
  • dried fruit (raisins, Craisins or chopped apricots)
  • chopped nuts or seeds (almonds, walnuts, sunflower)
  • a “treat” add-in (mini-chocolate chips, M&M’s, Reese’s Pieces, butterscotch morsels or yogurt-covered raisins)

It’s a healthy boost of fiber and protein.

Cheerios (20-ounce box), $4, Amazon

Cheerios Gluten Free, Breakfast Cereal, Family Size, 20 Oz

Fiber One (16-ounce box), $11, Amazon

Fiber One Cereal, Original Bran, Whole Grain Cereal, 16.2 oz

Blue Diamond Almonds (14-ounce bag), $7, Walmart

Blue Diamond Almonds, Whole Natural 14 oz

Diamond of California Walnuts (16-ounce bag), $7, Walmart

Diamond of California Shelled Walnut, 16 oz

Party Size M&M’s (42-ounce bag), $9, Walmart

M&M’s, Milk Chocolate Candy, Party Size, 42 Oz

3-Pack Reese’s Pieces (10-ounce bags), $18, Walmart

REESE’S Pieces Candy 10.5 oz. Stand Up Bag, 3 Pack

DIP-AND-EAT FRUIT AND YOGURT

Slice up an apple, pear or banana, and add a small dish of plain or vanilla Greek yogurt for dipping.

A great boost of protein, fiber and calcium with a fun twist.

POPCORN

Bagged, microwaved or stove-popped: Look for reduced-fat varieties or air-pop your own. Add your own seasonings to taste. It’s an easy way to increase your fiber intake — nearly four grams per serving.

Orville Redenbacher’s Gourmet Popping Corn (5 pounds), $16, Amazon

Orville Redenbacher’s Gourmet Popcorn Kernels, Original Yellow, 5 lb

CHEESE AND FRUIT

Single-serving cheese now comes in a variety of sticks, chunks and ultra-thin slices. Whether whole-milk or reduced-fat versions, both give the same protein and calcium boost. Double up the nutrients by pairing the cheese with a fresh fruit of your choice to add fiber.

HARD-BOILED EGGS

Keep a half dozen peeled and ready to eat in the fridge for a boost of protein and iron. Or mash one up with a spoonful of reduced-fat mayonnaise for a creamy dip for raw vegetables or whole-grain crackers.

And any snack can provide added protein and calcium when paired with a glass of reduced-fat or nonfat milk. Not a dairy drinker? Try soy milk for an equivalent protein boost.

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