The 25 Best Snacks for Kids That Are Picky Eater-Approved, According to Our Editors
Unless your kid is an impressively adventurous eater, finding snacks that they love (and don’t get sick of after a week) can be quite the project. We tapped our editors to find the best munchies out there that won’t come back home in your kid’s lunchbox, from salty nibbles to better-for-you snack bars to sweet, post-sandwich treats. Read on for 25 of the best snacks for kids that will win over every finnicky eater in your home.
1. Firehook Baked Crackers
Honey gives these crackers a slight sweetness, making them an instant hit with toddlers. But our parents love ’em because of the simple, straightforward and relatively healthy ingredients list. (We’re talking wheat flour, yeast, salt and olive oil—that’s it.)
4. Earth’s Best Organic Sunny Days Snack Bars
Elmo-obsessed tots will go gaga for these veggie-rich bars (especially the sweet potato-carrot variety). The filling is encased in a wholesome mix of wheat, oat and corn cereal crust, and their soft texture makes them easy for tiny mouths to chew.
6. Simple Truth Gluten-Free Strawberry-Filled PB&J Bites
Eat your heart out, Uncrustables. With a crunchy, peanutty exterior and a jammy fruit center, they just might have your kids begging for seconds at snack time.
7. 365 by Whole Foods Market Veggie Straws
You may have a tough time getting your kid to eat cooked or raw vegetables, but they’ll have no qualms about noshing on these uber-crunchy veggie snacks made with potato, tomato and spinach. They’re vegan, gluten-free and contain 30 percent less fat than regular potato chips.
8. Sun-Maid Vanilla Yogurt-Covered Raisins
Raisins (aka dried grapes) are loaded with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. But if you can’t get your kids to eat them plain, we’re betting a creamy yogurt coating will change their minds. There are PB&J, Chocolate and Chocolate-Peanut Butter varieties, but vanilla is a safe bet for picky eaters.
9. That’s It. Fun-Size Fruit Bars
They’re non-GMO, gluten-free and prime for school lunches and quick breakfasts. The bars are also free of the top eight allergens and contain nothing but two types of fruit each. Flavors include Apples + Bananas and Apples + Cranberries.
10. Stonyfield Organic Kids Strawberry Banana Yogurt Pouches
Live active cultures, bone-building calcium and 5 grams of protein keep you happy, while organic fruits and just enough cane sugar take care of the kids. The packaging also makes the yogurt a breeze to take on the road.
11. Mini Babybel Cheeses
We’d argue that peeling the wax off these cuties offers the same allure as ripping string cheese. The mini wheels are available in flavors like Gouda and White Cheddar and provide a sneaky dose of calcium and protein.
13. Annie’s Organic Cheddar Bunnies
You’d be hard-pressed to find a parent that hasn’t heard of these adorable snack crackers (their reputation for winning over picky kids precedes them). They’re made with organic wheat and real cheese from cows raised without antibiotics or synthetic hormones.
15. Crispy Green Freeze-Dried Fruit
No toddler can resist these crispy, wholesome banana chips. Free of added sugar, the chips pair seamlessly with your kid’s daily PB&J (or soy butter & jelly). And if banana isn’t their jam, try apple, mango, pear, pineapple or tangerine chips instead.
18. Perfect Kids Snack Bars
Any snack with chocolate on the wrapper will most likely be an easy sell. The vitamins and minerals, 7 grams of protein and 2 grams of fiber will be our little secret. Start with flavors like Peanut Butter Cookie and Chocolate Chip.
19. Simple Truth Organic Banana, Mango & Passionfruit Freeze-Dried Smoothie Melts
Psst: These taste like a tropical vacay. Made with nothing but fruit purée and juice, these tiny melts turn creamy as soon as they hit your tongue, offering a burst of flavor (minus the excess sugar).
There’s something sweet about sending your kids to school with the same snacks you got when you were their age. Case in point: Goldfish, the beloved snack crackers—baked with real cheddar cheese—that are essentially irresistible. Count on us stealing from the kids’ stash once they’re in bed.
21. Nature’s Bakery Gluten-Free Fig Bars
Protein? Check. Fiber? Check. Kid-friendly fruit flavors without any artificial ingredients, preservatives or high fructose corn syrup? You bet. Made with real fruit and ancient grains, these bars are also nut- and dairy-free, in case your kid is sensitive to those allergens.
23. Belvita Soft Baked Banana Bread Breakfast Biscuit
It’s just the thing for busy mornings when you don’t have time to cook breakfast. The biscuit is only slightly sweet (plus full of fiber), but tastes dangerously close to its baked good namesake.
This alternative to potato chips has stood the test of time for a reason. Each serving packs a whopping 14 to 19 grams of whole grains, but the best part is their salty-yet-slightly-sweet flavor. Original is always a safe bet, but we have a feeling your kids will love French Onion and Harvest Cheddar, too.
25. Kidfresh Chicken Nuggets
When all else fails, chicken nuggets always save the day. And we love these because the antibiotic-free chicken is coated in whole-grain breading (there’s 10 grams in every serving) and there’s puréed cauliflower hidden in the patties.