Kids are notoriously picky eaters, and parents are constantly trying to find things that they like and enjoy. These 34 best snacks and drinks for kids are kid-tested and approved. They can be put in your back pocket for the next time your child decides they no longer like that one thing they always eat anymore or for healthier alternatives to their favorite snacks.
34 Best Snacks and Drinks for Kids
If you are looking for a fun way to get your kids to drink more water, My Drink Bomb has the answer. Think bath bombs, but as a drink. Pair up our array of fun flavors (Birthday Cake, Cotton Candy, Grapple, Strawberry, etc) with a glass of sparkling water and watch the magic. Low sugar, no caffeine, natural ingredients.
Sneakz Organic milkshakes are genuinely tasty, whole food, clean-label, ready-to-drink milkshakes, packed with 1/2 a serving of daily vegetables in each 8 oz box (derived from organic carrot, cauliflower, sweet potato, and spinach). Sneakz milkshakes are gluten-free, non-GMO, and contain no artificial flavoring or sweetener. They are also shelf-stable, making them a great option for kids parties, school lunches, road trips or busy days when stopping for a nutritious meal can be challenging.
Juicy Waters are kid-friendly flavored waters, adding a splash of flavor to filtered water. They contain no sugar, no sweeteners or high fructose syrup and come in Orange, Fruit Punch, and Strawberry Watermelon. They also have the new Juicy Juice + Protein gives kids 5 grams of whey protein and provides an excellent source of Vitamin C with every pouch.
What kid doesn’t love hot cocoa on a chilly morning? You can make yummy hot cocoa easily with your one-cup coffee maker even during the rush of the morning. There are several different classic candy flavors including Tootsie Roll, Junior Mint, Charleston Chew (chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry), and Sugar Babies.
Make drinks a little more eco-friendly throughout the day with the Siliskin® Straw Cup from goSili. This cup is 100% silicone with an embedded stainless steel ring. It won’t collapse when gripped and the universal silicone straw top prevents big spills. It is perfect for smoothies, all beverages, the nightstand, tabletop, indoor and outdoor use. It is perfect to have on hand for the kids’ drinks.
Cups that change color? These personalize color-changing cups from GB Design Houe. will soon be your child’s favorite. They begin as translucent clear in color but once an ICE COLD liquid is poured into the cup they change to one of our fun translucent colors. They can even be personalized for parties or events, or just with their names.
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Clio Greek Yogurt Bars are made with a simple list of ingredients like Greek Yogurt. They have a creamy texture and are wrapped in dark chocolate – so delicious, you might actually think they’re eating cheesecake! The new Clio Minis pack 3-4 grams of protein and billions of probiotics in each serving. They come in flavors like vanilla and salted caramel, the perfect balance of indulgence and nutrition. Your kids will think they are just getting a special treat instead of a nutritious snack.
These little treats are perfect for tiny mouths. The Brownie Bites by Sugar Bowl Bakery are melt-in-your-mouth brownies that can be enjoyed by themselves, or decorated for a party (or just for fun!). Their Madeleines are a great cookie to pair with hot cocoa while snuggled up on the couch.
Loacker Quadratinis are tiny, bite-sized light and crispy cookies that kids will love. They have different flavored cream fillings like lemon, vanilla, espresso, cappuccino, and tiramisu. They are small enough to pack in a lunch box or for snacks on the go. Pair it with some creamy hot cocoa and your kids will be in love!
The Complete Cremes offer a healthier twist on the beloved sandwich cookie. Each two-cookie serving contains 6 grams of plant-based protein, 4 grams of fiber and 1/3 less sugar than leading brands. Available in Chocolate and Vanilla these cookies are non-GMO Project Verified and free from sugar alcohols, soy, and dairy.
SmartSweets gummy candies are free from added sugar, sugar alcohols and artificial sweeteners. They have 85% less sugar than other candy, only contain 3g of sugar and 80-90 calories. These classic Peach Rings are plant-based, free from artificial colors, and contain a whopping 28g of dietary fiber per bag. The Fruity Gummy Bears and Sour Blast Buddies are candies that they already know and love (but minus all the sugar). All of these gummies are dairy, soy, lactose, gluten, and peanut/tree nut-free.
Life’s Grape Dark Chocolate Dipped Vine-Dried Grapes dark chocolate covered grapes are just the right amount of sweet. They can be packed in lunchboxes or for a quick boost of energy after a game.
Caramel Creams®, a.k.a. Bulls-Eyes®, and Cow Tales aren’t too sticky and they aren’t too sweet. They’re juuuuuuuust right. Caramel Creams are the candy that you remember from childhood now passed onto your own children. Made of delicious chewy caramel with a cream center, they are America’s original favorite caramel.
Ozery Bakery’s Snacking Rounds are similar to the lovechild of a bagel, pita, and English Muffin. The Snacking Rounds are 70-calorie, bite-sized buns packed with tasty real fruit and grains for a unique snacking experience – and a great snack!
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Every Michel et Augustin cookie is made with real butter, chocolate, and French flour, and a whole lot of amour. The delicious, premium cookies come in a variety of recipes, each featuring a buttery shortbread cookie and scrumptious chocolate ganache filling. Bite-sized and perfectly portioned, the cookies make for the perfect dessert, a quick snack, and are great to share with friends and family this holiday season.
Mighty Spark’s chicken snack sticks are the perfect protein snack that both kids and adults enjoy. Because this product is made with all-natural chicken, it’s easy for kids to eat and peel open the packaging on their own. Snack stick flavors that kids love include original (salt and pepper), BBQ Sweet Potato, and Cranberry Ginger.
Country Archer Jerky Co. Original Mini Beef Sticks: The perfect clean ingredient, high-protein snack, new Country Archer Original Mini Beef Sticks are crafted with real ingredients including USDA-inspected, 100 percent grass-fed beef, free of nitrites, MSG, gluten, antibiotics, and added hormones.
LesserEvil recently introduced “No Cheese” Cheesiness Organic Popcorn to its popular popcorn line. Delicious and made from organic, non-dairy seasoning, this air-popped popcorn has 55% less fat, 100% more fiber, and 26% fewer calories than traditional oil-popped vegan cheese popcorn. Organic, non-GMO project verified, gluten-free, kosher and vegan.
Biena Chickpea Puffs are a game-changing, plant-based, protein-packed snack with superior taste and nutrition. Each serving has 7 grams plant protein, offers up to 40% fewer net carbs than other leading puffed snacks, and are available in three craveable flavors: Aged White Cheddar (true cheesy goodness), Vegan Ranch (hints of garlic and onion), and Blazin’ Hot™ (it’s getting hot in here!).
34 Degrees Original Gluten Free Crisps are made with just six simple ingredients including chickpea flour. They are a deliciously thin, light and crunchy allergy-friendly option you’ll want to have in your pantry. Non-GMO, dairy-free, plant-based and only 70 calories per nine crisps, you’ll want them for impressive appetizers and charcuterie boards.
These aren’t your traditional potato chips. These premium kettle-cooked potato chips are better for you and come in original flavors such as Jalapeño, Pepperoncini, and Krinkle Cut Salt & Fresh Ground Pepper. They make a great lunch-time side or after-school snack.
Super light and crunchy, these wafer-like snacks are made with premium organic seaweed, roasted and seasoned to perfection with Tamari sauce and a blend of spices. GimMe Seaweed Snacks are also full of nutrients – including high levels of iodine, calcium, Omega 3s, biotin, folate, fiber, protein and more. GimMe is a favorite among kids and parents alike!
Just honey, spices and one of the best plant-based sources of protein on the planet, pumpkin seeds, this Health Warrior bar has our simplest ingredient list yet. These yummy protein bars are perfect for after-school and right before practice, or as a snack during the school day.
Beanfields delivers better-for-you chips that are wholesome, satisfying and positively addicting. Every crunch is vegan, certified gluten-free, Non-GMO Project Verified and Kosher, packing four grams of fiber and four grams of protein per serving. Using black and navy beans, Beanfieldspacks in a perfect combination of herbs and spices resulting in bold and delicious flavors.
Mary’s Gone Crackers® Original Seed Crackers combine organic, gluten-free, whole grain brown rice, quinoa, flax seeds, and sesame seeds to create a cracker with a rich, earthy flavor and a satisfying crunch. Mary’s Super Seed Crackers are crafted with a hearty combination of pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, poppy seeds and more – each serving of Super Seed crackers offers 5 grams of plant-based protein to fuel your lifestyle. Mary’s REAL Thin Crackers have whole, organic ingredients so that your kids will never suspect that these savory toasted crackers are also good for them.
Mouthwateringly thin and irresistible, 34 Degrees Sweet Crisps are perfect as a snack straight out of the bag, and also pair deliciously well with everything from ice cream to coffee. A lighter take on ultra-sugary snacks, 34 Degrees Sweet Crisps contain less sugar than the average cookie, satisfying a sweet tooth without the guilt. Flavors include Chocolate, Vanilla, Cinnamon and Sweet Lemon.
The unique coastal region of Croatia is the inspiration for the brand Dalmatia®. Their delicious sweet and savory spreads are made from the best local and regional ingredients such as figs, olives, almonds, cherries, and tangerines. These spreads go great with toast, crackers, and fruit pieces for a wonderfully healthy and sweet snack.
A kid-favorite, Alpha Foods’ better-for-you, plant-based morsels are ready in under two minutes, quicker than you can hit “deliver.” This protein-packed recipe features simple ingredients and is free of all animal products and artificial preservatives/flavors. Each bite bursts with authentic taste and texture.
Deep Indian Kitchen hand-makes these appetizers from scratch starting with their flaky pastry crust. Then they fill the pastry with potatoes, peas, and spices, before folding over and sealing the samosas with love. One dunk into the savory tamarind mint chutney and you’ll never stop enjoying these little pockets of joy. They are a great after-school snack or for a weekend lunch.
We’ve never met a way to eat pizza that we didn’t like. These bite-sized snacks are filled with Amy’s house-made pizza sauce, made from organic tomatoes and mozzarella cheese, all wrapped in a soft wheat crust. Great for kids!! Soy-free/tree nut free/kosher.
Kidfresh Mozzarella Sticks are made with real mozzarella, whole wheat flour, and hidden chickpeas. They are an excellent source of calcium and contain 8g of whole grains and 9g of protein in just one serving. The Kidfresh Super Duper Chicken Nuggets are packed with pureed cauliflower, white meat chicken and are coated in a whole grain breading. Each serving has 12g of protein and 10g of whole grains and contains 40% less sodium and 70% less fat than leading brands.
WOLO Wonder Bars are packed with nutrients that your kids need throughout the day. They have antioxidants for a boost to immunity, fiber to aid digestion, and 15 grams of energy-producing protein – all with less than 6 grams of sugar. They come in three delicious flavors- Cocoa Crunch, Peanut Butter, and Salted Caramel.
Make your mornings stress-free with joyböl – a portable granola smoothie bowl. No refrigeration or blenders required. Each bowl is packed with an abundance of delicious, simple ingredients: whole grain granola clusters, nuts, seeds, 10-11g of protein and fruits. Available in Strawberry Almond, Super Berries, and Chocolate Hazelnut, every spoonful is bursting with flavor and crunch. Just add water (or milk) and stir. Breakfast is served in just 10 seconds.
This smaller sized ProBar puts on-the-go and nutrition all in the same bite. Bite Bars are quick, easy, scrumptious and packed with great tasting ingredients. This satisfying bite will energize your little ones day with only 4g of sugar per bar and zero sacrifice on taste. Available in three flavors such as Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip, Mixed Berry, and Coconut Almond. All of ProBar’s products are blended, never baked, for optimal nutrition!
Kids are always changing their minds about what foods they do and do not like and many times we as parents fall into the trap of whatever’s easiest. But sometimes those options aren’t always the healthiest. This list of the best snacks and drinks for kids will help you find some alternative and new options to feed your children when they ask for another snack for the 27th time that day.
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