Kids seem to have hollow legs when it comes to eating sometimes – trust me, I get it, I have 5 pairs of hollow boy legs in this household! Once we switched over to snacks that had some healthy fats in them, it helped a TON to keep these boys full and not have the snacks seemingly go right through them. Here are some of our easy favorites:
Paleo Graham Crackers
5 ingredients, take 10 minutes to mix up and are such a kid-friendly win! These are fabulous in lunch boxes, for a more nutrient-dense after school snack, or for making smores around the campfire. I love that the ingredients are not only simple, but that a batch of 24 crackers can be sweetened with only 2 tablespoons maple syrup. All five of my boys give these a hearty two thumbs up!
Freezer Nut Butter Balls
My kids can’t keep their hands off these Freezer Nut Butter Balls. I LOVE having these around as an easy after-school snack. As often is the case with me, this is a very flexible recipe. Use whatever works for your taste, budget, and allergy needs (includes a nut-free option or Keto option!).
Paleo Cinnamon Roll Muffins
We make muffins every week for my kid’s lunchboxes or after-school snacks. I love being able to actively chose what ingredients go into my kiddos! These are easy, delicious, and a new kid-favorite! I double batch my muffins and then freeze them in single serve Glad or Ziplock reusable containers (from the Dollar Tree). There they are good for a few months, and my kids can quickly pull out for lunches or snacks.
Check out these other kid-favorite muffins: Chocolate-chip muffins, Flourless Chocolate Muffins, Flourless Chunky Monkey Muffins, Lemon Blueberry Scones or Muffins, Orange Chocolate Scones or Muffins.
Paleo Freezer Granola
This recipe is so helpful in filling the gaps on busy morning breakfasts or after school snacks. So easy to make, it comes together in 10-15 minutes. So much more filling than it’s boxed carb only counterparts. And get this – ALL five boys give it ???? #thatsrare.
Chocolate Fudge Date Balls
These Paleo, Whole30, dairy-free, gluten-free hand-held balls are a delicious and easy snack option! I don’t really love date & nut bars any more, but the chocolate fudginess of these really converted me. My kids do *not* enjoy date-based things usually, but I had kiddos asking for seconds. It’s flexible too – use whatever combination of chopped nuts or seeds works for you or you need to use up in your pantry. No added sugar or sweeteners make these a win all around!
My biggest problem with smoothies or smoothie bowls is they are often loaded with fruit and lacking in protein and veggies. This one packs in protein, veggies, and health fats for true satiety staying power!
Trail Mix Bites
These babies take 10 minutes to put together and are a great add-on to any meal lacking in fat or for a satiating snack. Flexible to what you have on hand or dietary preferences!
Chunky Monkey Smoothie
My kids make smoothies a few times a week. They are a great fast breakfast or snack they can make themselves, that gives me a break from cooking. However, I wasn’t ok with them just being full of fruit/juice/added sugar, as that just spikes their blood sugar – leaving them hungry and a little cranky a few hours later when the blood sugar spike drops. This is one we can both agree on, as it has healthy fats, protein, and no added sweetener. Woot! See my mom hack at the bottom of the recipe for how you can also sneak veggies into this!
We affectionately call these nut “crack” as they are irresistably good! Why roast pecans, you might ask? Cause it makes them amazing! Can also be done with almonds and walnuts. Hands down converted some of my kids to loving nuts.
I know, how are waffles a snack? Well, there’s a company called “Eggos” that has made a business around it. I make a double batch at the beginning of the week and freeze, so then my kids can pull out for snacks or fast breakfasts. For snack, they toast them up and top with nut butter. Cheaper and better ingredients than store-bought GF bread!