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50+ Healthy Toddler Snacks [Ready Made]

50+ Healthy Toddler Snacks [Ready Made]

Kids aren't kidding when they say they need a snack—all that growing is hungry work. Giving your child healthy snacks to munch on between meals is a great way to prevent hunger-induced meltdowns and fill in nutritional gaps.

But finding ready-to-go healthy toddler snacks is no picnic. 

Most pre-packaged kids' snacks are laden with cleverly disguised sugars and empty calories. If you're passionate about fueling your child's body with healthy, nutritious foods, but don't have time to prepare them from scratch, read on.

Check out: 9+ Healthy Toddler Dinner Ideas for Weeknights

These are 50 of the healthiest kids' snacks around.

Article Guide

How to Choose Healthy Toddler Snacks

With a little know-how, choosing healthy kids' snacks is as easy as pie. Check out these tips to find out what to look for and what to avoid.

  • Keep it real. For snacks that really bring some nutritional value to the table, stick with real, whole-food ingredients (think: fruits, veggies, nuts, whole grains, etc) and steer clear of unnecessary additives like artificial flavors and colors.
  • Avoid added sugar. Dextrose, fructose, glucose, maltose, saccharose, sucrose—call it what you will, but all added sugar has to offer is empty calories, tooth decay, and a short-lived burst of energy followed by a painful crash. According to AHA guidelines, kids between the ages of 2 and 18 should consume under 25 grams (or 6 teaspoons) of added sugar a day. And, FYI, natural sweeteners, like honey, molasses, agave, and evaporated cane syrup, count as added sugar too.
  • Fill up on fiber, healthy fats, and protein. A combination of fiber, protein, and fats can stabilize blood sugar levels and help kids feel full and satisfied until the next mealtime rolls around. 
  • Read the ingredient lists and nutrition labels. Everything you need to know is right there. Ingredients are listed according to quantity, so if, say, “fruit” is the first ingredient, that particular snack contains more fruit than anything else. Nutrition labels reveal how many calories that snack is packing, as well as it's total protein, fiber, fat, and sugar content.
  • Keep an eye on portion size. A snack is a snack and shouldn't pile on a meal's worth of calories. To avoid unwanted weight gain, be mindful of portion sizes and try to choose snacks that clock in at under 150 calories.

Got a grip on the basics? Well, what are you waiting for? Get that kid a snack.

Energy & Snack Bars 

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Bars are the ultimate convenience food. Non-perishable, portable and not messy, bars can be the best kid-snack available. 

These options feel indulgent, but they're super healthy (go ahead and check out those labels!).

#1. Top Pick: RXBAR Kids Double Chocolate Protein Bars

These mini RXBARs pack all the yummy goodness of the adult version into kid-friendly portions. With only five simple ingredients, zero added sugars, and 130 calories per bar, you can feel good about giving your kid this sweet treat. 

Pros

  • Limited, easy to understand ingredients
  • Contains 7 grams of protein
  • Low sugar content
  • Satisfyingly sweet

Cons

  • Chewy texture can stick to teeth
  • Not ideal for kids with food allergies (egg whites and nuts) 

Runner Up: Thunderbird Real Food Bars 

Thunderbird makes some amazing paleo and vegan-friendly bars, and now your kids can enjoy them too. These bars are softer than the adult version and contain only real, natural ingredients. All their sweetness comes from fruit (not added sugar!) and if you need a nut-free option for school, the Fruit Punch flavor is a safe bet.

Pros

  • Made with real, simple ingredients
  • Vegan and Paleo Certified
  • Gluten, soy, dairy, grain-free
  • Tastes great

Cons

  • Bars are somewhat small
  • Not for kids with nut allergies

#3: That's it. Apple and Mango 100% Real Fruit Bar

If sweet and simple is the order of the day, these fruity bars are hard to beat. With just 2 ingredients per bar (mango and apple—and NOTHING else), keeping track of what's going into your kid's mouth couldn't be easier. Plus, they're completely nut-free, so you can drop one into that backpack with confidence.

Pros

  • Made with just 2 ingredients
  • Zero added sugar
  • Low calorie (100 calories per bar)
  • Allergy-safe
  • Surprisingly delicious
  • Available in a variety of flavors

Cons

  • At 23g, the total sugar content is kind of high. On the upside, though, it's all naturally occurring sugar from fruit.
  • A bit pricey

#4: Kate's Real Food Granola Bars

If you know a kid who loves granola bars, these are one of the cleanest options they could sink their teeth into—and they're organic too. Kate's Real Food Granola Bars might not be made specifically for kids, but they're packed with whole, natural ingredients and the calorie count per serving is on point.

Pros

  • Made using clean, whole-food ingredients
  • Packs some serious nutrition
  • USDA organic, non-GMO, and gluten-free
  • Per serving sugar content is low
  • Calories range between 120 and 150 per serving, depending on the flavor

Cons

  • Half a bar counts as 1 serving, so don't forget to break or cut it before you hand it over
  • Relies heavily on organic honey for sweetness

#5: SimplyProtein Baked Bars

Looking for a low sugar protein bar that also tastes great? With a deeply delicious peanut butter flavor and just 2g of sugar, these protein-packed, fiber-filled bars really hit the spot. Just be sure to half those portions, though—this definitely isn't a low-calorie snack.

Pros

  • Seriously low in sugar
  • Each bar has 11g of protein and 12g of fiber
  • Wholesome, natural ingredients
  • Non-GMO and free of artificial flavors, colors, and preservatives
  • Gluten-free
  • Soft, chewy, and delicious

Cons

  • Packs a whopping 220 calories per bar.
  • Not suitable for children with nut allergies.
  • Mature palates might detect the stevia aftertaste.

#6: Clif Kid Organic Granola Bars, Variety Pack

While we're not crazy about the fact that every bar in this variety pack lists organic tapioca syrup in the first five ingredients, they're still a decent enough choice overall. Natural, organic ingredients deliver a good blend of nutrients to keep kids going and there isn't a single flavor that doesn't get a thumbs up from the younger crowd. 

Pros

  • USDA organic and non-GMO
  • Offers a blend of carbohydrates, protein, fiber, and fat to fuel growing bodies
  • Calories range between 130 to 150 per bar
  • Soft, chewy texture 
  • Every flavor in the box is 100% kid approved
  • Good price

Cons

  • Despite a fairly reasonable total sugar content, almost all the sweetness comes from organic added sugars
  • The strawberry fruit twist doesn't seem to contain any actual strawberries

Bites & Energy Balls

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With a blend of protein, carbs, fats, and fiber all rolled into one nutrient-dense package, energy balls and bites are ideal for kids who need a high energy snack that won't weigh them down. Remember to be mindful of serving sizes, though—nutrient heavy snacks like these aren't meant to be light on calories.

#1. Top Pick: FROOZE Balls 

Don't be fooled by their size—these little balls of energy have enough density to be seriously satisfying and are bursting with clean ingredients and amazing flavors. Perfect for picky eaters, active children, or an insatiable sweet tooth. 

Pros

  • Nut butter, raw dates, raisins, sunflower seeds, and coconut deliver a great balance of fiber, protein, and fat
  • Dense and filling
  • No added sugar
  • Vegan and Paleo-friendly, 
  • Non-GMO and preservative free
  • The flavors are deliciously fresh

Cons

  • A single ball counts as 1 serving, but these babies really are filling
  • Might be a bit too rich for kids looking for a light snack

Runner up: MetaBall Energy Bites

These nutritious balls steer clear of the 8 most common allergens and are created by a mom of an allergy sufferer, so you can bet they're safe for kids with food allergies. On top of that, they're also high in protein, low in sugar, and deliver a good balance of complex carbs for sustained energy.

Pros

  • Offers 10g of plant-based protein and 3g of fiber to keep kids feeling full
  • Allergy safe
  • Low in sugar
  • Small balls and a resealable bag makes it easy to customize portion sizes
  • Vegan, gluten-free, non-GMO, and Kosher

Cons

  • Calories per serving are a little high, but can easily be adjusted
  • Contains some added sugar, but it isn't over the top

#3. OJAS STUDIO Date and Grain Bites

These ayurveda-inspired bites add a little spice to snack time with unique flavor combinations, like cinnamon, cardamom, and walnut. Undeniably wholesome and decidedly different—picky eaters will either love them or hate them, but given the awesome ingredients, they're definitely worth a try!

Pros

  • Crammed with nourishing ingredients like organic dates, wholegrains, oats, and almond butter
  • Sweetness comes from real fruit and organic honey
  • Filling and satisfying
  • Parents can easily adjust portions 

Cons

  • A little on the dry side
  • Exorbitantly priced

#4. 3PM Bites Peanut Butter Truffles       

Organic peanut butter, dates, hemp seeds, almonds, quinoa, chia seeds, flax seeds, rosemary extract—okay, we're totally sold on these already, but just in case you're not… These creamy, crunchy energy balls also deliver a generous serving of protein and fat; and compared to others, the calorie count is spot on. What's not to love?

Pros

  • The ingredients couldn't be more wholesome (or delicious;)
  • Offers a blend of protein, fats, and carbohydrates to quell hunger pangs and boost energy
  • Non-GMO, gluten-free, and vegan
  • No added sugar; low GI
  • Certified organic

Cons

  • Small, but so filling
  • Not all the flavors are little kid-friendly (mocha)
  • Not allergy-safe

Fruit Rolls, Sticks, and Strips

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Fruit is a great source of vitamins, antioxidants, and fiber, and thanks to naturally occurring sugars, it's also a healthy way to satisfy a sweet tooth. 

We've included only the cleanest fruit snacks in both chewy and crunchy textures for your convenience. 

#1. Top Pick: Crispy Green Crispy Fruit

Not only does freeze-dried fruit retain most of its goodness, but it also delivers a satisfying crunch. If your kid isn't a fan of regular, chewy dried fruit, the freeze-dried selection from Crispy Green might just be a hit. These pure fruit snacks have no additives whatsoever and are peanut and tree nut-free, making them ideal for school. 

Pros

  • Pure fruit—no added sugar, no preservatives, no additives
  • Delivers a healthy dose of fiber and vitamins
  • At just 35 calories per serving, it's one of the leanest snacks around
  • Single fruit packs are great for picky eaters
  • Suitable for kids with nut allergies
  • OU Kosher Certified

Cons

  • Pricey
  • Tangerine might be too tangy for some

Runner Up: Uncle Henry's Premium Farmers Market Product Freeze Dried Fruit Snack Box

Another great freeze-dried option, Uncle Henry's Freeze Dried Fruit Snack Box comes with generous servings of mixed fruit, making it a good choice for bigger appetites and adventurous palates. 

Pros

  • Larger servings and more variety deliver greater nutritional value
  • 100% fruit with zero added sugar or preservatives
  • Convenient way to add sweetness to yogurt, oatmeal, or smoothies
  • Each serving is under 75 calories
  • Complimentary “to-go box” is a nice touch and makes it easy to divide portions

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Powder at the bottom of the packets can cause a mess in the hands of younger kids

#3.  BEAR Real Fruit Yoyos

Unlike most others, these fruit rolls have NO added sugar or preservatives. In fact, these yummy yoyos consist of nothing but whole fruit, baked to chewy perfection at a low temperature to preserve nutrients. If your child likes fruit leather (and, honestly, which kid doesn't?), these wholesome fruit rolls will quickly become a favorite.

Pros

  • Each serving is equal to 1 cup of fruit
  • Contains no concentrates, added sugar, preservatives, stabilizers, or gumming agents
  • Only 60 calories per serving
  • Sweet enough to satisfy
  • Comes with cute “postcards” with interesting snippets of information about different countries
  • Reasonable price

Cons

  • The rolls are pretty small
  • Not made in a peanut-free facility
  • Not all the postcards are in English

#4. Farm Sweet Organic Fruit Strips, Apple

Farm Sweet really hit the nail on the head with these fruit strips in terms of sweetness, texture, and thickness—and the ingredients couldn't be cleaner, either. Made entirely of organic whole fruit purees (in this particular case, apples and nothing else), these strips deliver ½ a cup of fruit per serving and only pack around 35 calories per strip.

Pros

  • Made with nothing but organic fruit purees with no added sugar
  • Each strip delivers ½ a serving of fruit
  • Awesome flavor and texture 
  • GREAT size and low calorie
  • USDA organic

Cons

  • A bit too wide for little mouths, increasing the potential for messes
  • Where's the fiber???

#5. Wildmade Veggi-Go's

Can't get your kid to eat those veggies? These tasty bites deliver a full serving of fruit and veg in a package so delicious, your littles will be begging for more. And at just 50 calories per serving, it probably won't hurt to indulge them 😉

Pros

  • Made with nothing but organic fruit, veg, and seeds
  • Flavor and texture is downright addictive
  • Perfectly sweet without added sugar
  • Each pack is the equivalent of a serving of fruit and veg
  • Low calorie and low sugar

Cons

  • Serving size is tiny
  • More expensive per serving than many similar snacks

#6. Pure Organic Strawberry Apple Fruit and Veggie Strips

These chewy fruit strips are made using nothing but organic fruit and veg purees and are perfectly sweet without the help of added sugar. They're also produced in a peanut-free facility, making them a safe choice for school or playdates.

Pros

  • Made with USDA organic fruit and veg juices and purees
  • Only 45 calories per strip
  • Zero added sugar and low total sugar
  • Made by a mom (need we say more?)
  • Nut allergy-safe

Cons

  • Made with concentrates rather than whole fruits
  • Low fiber

#7. Nature's Bandits Organic Fruit & Veggie Stix

Another excellent organic option, these all natural fruit and veggie sticks have a chewy texture and delicious taste that's derived entirely from fruit and vegetable purees. You won't find any nasty surprises in the ingredients, but each box does come with a little something extra for children.

Pros

  • Consists of a blend of organic fruit and veg purees, juices, and powders
  • Non-GMO and free of artificial flavors, colors, and preservatives
  • Low calorie (50 to 60 calories per serving)
  • So good, they're downright addictive
  • Each box comes with a cute collectible animal card

Cons

  • Pieces are small and there aren't all that many in a pack
  • Gummy, chewy texture might be difficult for toddlers to handle
  • For the price, it would be nice to have a little more product and a bit less packaging 

Jerky and Meat Sticks

When kids need a snack they can really sink their teeth into, jerky and meat sticks are the ultimate grab-and-go option. These healthy meat snacks are high in muscle-building protein and satiating fat to support growth and squash hunger pangs

#1. Top Pick: FBOMB Jerky Meat Snack Sticks

Pork probably isn't the first thing that comes to mind at the mention of meat sticks, but if you've only ever tried beef, you're missing out.

 These pork sticks have a slightly softer texture that's perfect for the younger crowd and come in a variety of tantalizing flavors. Plus, they're made with super clean ingredients (that means no sugar, gluten, nitrates, nitrites, or MSG). 

Pros

  • Sourced from crate-free pigs
  • Hormone and antibiotic free
  • Real, clean ingredients
  • Light on carbs, sugar-free, and high in protein and fat
  • Keto-friendly
  • Variety pack offers a flavor for every palate
  • Not as greasy as some

Cons

  • Salt and pepper flavor seems to be a bit hit and miss
  • Some customers felt they were a little pricey

Runner up: Mission Meats Grass Fed Beef Sticks

As far as traditional beef sticks go, the selection from Mission Meats is hard to beat. These guys rely on a combination of grass-fed beef and carefully selected spices for a delicious meat stick that's clean enough to be keto and paleo-friendly.

Pros

  • Simple, clean ingredients
  • Non-GMO and free of gluten, sugar, nitrates, nitrites, MSG, hormones, and antibiotics
  • Delivers a good balance of protein and fats
  • Low calorie

Cons

  • Some issues with moldy online purchases
  • Certain flavors have added sugar (we're looking at you, Hardwood Smoked Bacon Pork)

#3. Sogo Snacks 100% Grass Fed Beef Sticks

Sogo Snacks make some awesome beef sticks, using only the highest quality meat sourced from free-range, grass fed cows. And when it comes to ingredients, these meat sticks are every bit as clean as our top two picks. They're a bit pricier, but also pack a total of 8 grams of protein—not bad, for a meat stick!

Pros

  • Made with 100% grass-fed beef and natural flavors
  • No added sugar, gluten, MSG, or nitrates
  • Paleo and keto-friendly
  • Low calorie
  • Sugar-free variety pack comes with 3 popular flavors

Cons

  • Some online buyers received moldy meat sticks
  • More expensive than other meat sticks on our list
  • A little heavy on spices

#5. Vermont Smoke and Cure Jerky Sticks

All in all, these are great meat sticks. They're clean, high in protein, gluten free, and allergy-friendly. They're also the most affordable meat sticks on our list. The only caveat? They aren't quite as shelf-stable as others, so be sure to eat up or refrigerate.

Pros

  • Made with a limited number of real, clean ingredients
  • Hormone, antibiotic, and GMO free
  • Free of common allergens and produced in an allergen-controlled facility
  • Flavors and textures are spot on
  • Less than 1g of sugar

Cons

  • Contains evaporated cane syrup, but most of it is consumed by bacteria during fermentation
  • Seems to spoil quickly
  • Some issues with packaging

#6. People's Choice Beef Jerky

This is old fashioned beef jerky at its best: simple, clean, and delicious—and you won't find a healthy kids' snacks that offers more protein, either (each serving packs a whopping 16g!) While the tougher texture probably isn't the best choice for toddlers and little kids, tweens and teens shouldn't have any trouble tearing through this jerky.

Pros

  • Simple, all natural ingredients
  • Zero sugars and zero carbs
  • Excellent per serving protein content 
  • Free of nasty additives like MSG, nitrates, nitrites, and artificial preservatives
  • Thick, satisfying, and delicious

Cons 

  • Might be a little too tough and dry for younger children
  • Each pack contains 2.5 servings, so you'll need to portion it out
  • Priced high, but the quality is exceptional

#7. Think Jerky Grass-Fed Beef Jerky

Whether you're looking for jerky that's a little easier on the teeth or you simply prefer having each serving neatly wrapped up and ready to go, Think Jerky is a solid choice. This award-winning jerky is clean, healthy and absolutely delish, but… it does have a little added sugar, which might be a deal breaker if you're trying to avoid the sweet stuff altogether.

Pros

  • Made with grass-fed beef and a just a handful of other natural ingredients
  • High in protein
  • Non-GMO; hormone, antibiotic, nitrate, gluten, and MSG-free
  • Flavors are expertly crafted by a world-renowned chef
  • Not grossly soft like highly processed jerky, but not tough either

Cons

  • Some added sugar
  • The spicier flavors might have to much kick for younger kids
  • Somewhat spendy

Cakes and Cookies

Let's face it—cakes and cookies are one of those quintessential childhood snacks that no kid, young or old, should be deprived of. Luckily, healthy options do exist. With these wholesome cakes and cookies, you can indulge those kiddie-cravings without worrying about excess sugar or nasty ingredients.

#1. Top Pick: HighKey Snacks Mini Low Carb Chocolate Chip Cookies

These low carb cookies are so good, they've been compared to mini Chips Ahoy. Plus, they're made with wholesome, natural ingredients and NO sugar—all the sweetness comes from kid-friendly natural sweeteners (erythritol, monk fruit extract, and stevia), so there's no need to worry about sugar spikes or cavities.

Pros

  • Sugar-free and low carb
  • Made with healthy, natural ingredients like almond flour, coconut oil, and unsweetened chocolate
  • Bite size cookies are ideal for little hands
  • Tastes just like the real thing

Cons

  • Can crumble if handled roughly during shipping
  • Erythritol has a slight cooling effect that some kids might not like
  • Two servings per pack means you'll have to portion them out

Runner up: SmartCAKE Cinnamon Smartcake

We don't know how they do it, but these gluten free cakes are perfectly sweet, tender, and moist. Why is that so surprising? Well, they're sugar-free, have zero starches, and only pack 38 calories per cake. Oh, and did we mention they also have a very decent amount of protein and fiber? 

Pros

  • Made using natural, non-GMO ingredients
  • Sugar and gluten-free
  • Low carb and low calorie
  • Soft, sweet, and delicious
  • Comes in a variety of flavors

Cons

  • Each cake costs upwards of $2.

#3. BuckWHAT! Noshes Gluten Free Vegan Snacks

We can't quite figure out if these are cakes, muffin tops, or cakey cookies. What we do know, however, is that these babies are bursting with healthy ingredients that not only taste great, but also pack a serious nutritional punch. 

Pros

  • Made with just a handful of clean ingredients 
  • Each recipe is based on protein-packing, fiber-filled, low GI buckwheat
  • Gluten and sugar-free
  • Available in a variety of flavors
  • Makes a great anytime snack that can easily double as breakfast or dessert
  • Mom-made 

Cons

  • Some tasters felt they were a little bland
  • Per serving calorie count is a bit high, but it's easy enough to remove a piece

#4. Simple Mills Crunchy Cookies

These real food cookies bring just the right amount of crunch and sweetness and are made with paleo-friendly, plant-based ingredients. While they aren't sugar-free, Simple Mills uses coconut sugar instead of table sugar, for sweetness that's nutrient-rich and (relatively) low GI.

Pros

  • Made with gluten-free, plant-based ingredients
  • Low sugar and low carb
  • Satisfying serving size: 3 cookies equal 110 calories
  • Paleo and vegan friendly
  • Reasonably priced

Cons

  • Crumbly
  • Cookie sizes are small, but decent enough for kids

#5. Kakookies SuperFood Vegan Cookies

Okay, so these aren't sugar-free, low carb, or even low calorie, but they are nutrient dense and seriously satisfying. Use them as an energy boosting snack for sports events or reserve them as an occasional treat that's also nutritious. Good, but definitely not an everyday snack.

Pros

  • Vegan, gluten-free, and non-GMO
  • Each cookie is made with a blend of superfoods and other all natural ingredients
  • Good protein content
  • Chewy, sweet, and delicious

Cons

  • High in sugar
  • Definitely not low carb
  • High calorie
  • Overpriced

Crackers and Chips

In a perfect world, kids would reach for carrots or celery everytime that crunch craving hits, but—let's be real, here—raw veggies can't hold a candle to crackers and chips. These alternatives deliver all the crispy, crunchy appeal without any of the crap. 

#1. Top Pick: Simple Mills Almond Flour Crackers

Light, crispy, and perfectly seasoned, these crackers have all the makings of a household favorite. A simple list of nutritious organic ingredients, no added sugar, and a reasonable calorie count make these a great anytime snack for all ages.

Pros

  • Made with a blend of almond, sunflower seed, and flaxseed flour
  • Organic and vegan
  • Free of gluten, corn, grains, and dairy
  • Satisfying, with 17 crackers per serving
  • Amazing texture and flavor

Cons

  • Some flavors are slightly too intense
  • Not particularly low in carbs
  • As with most crackers, you're likely to have a few broken ones at the bottom

Runner Up: PopCorners Flourish Harvest Kale Veggie Crisps

With just 80 calories per serving and ingredients like chickpeas, brussels sprouts, and kale, these air popped veggie crisps couldn't be healthier. They're also light, airy, and so impressively delicious that kids might just forget about potato and corn chips altogether.

Pros

  • Made with a short list of real, simple ingredients
  • Free of artificial flavors, colors, and preservatives
  • Great way to get kids to eat veggies (and thank you for it!)
  • Low calorie and low sugar
  • Made in a peanut and tree nut-free facility

Cons

  • We'd love just a little more kale 

#3. Bare Baked Crunchy Coconut Chips

Technically, the Bare Baked range could be categorized as “fruit”, but given the fact that they're supremely crispy and labeled as “chips”, we decided to include them in our list of crunchables. These highly addictive snacks consist of thin slivers coconut baked to crispy perfection, and are flavored with just a handful of natural ingredients. They do have a little added sugar, though, so keep that in mind if you're cutting back.

Pros

  • Each flavor is made with no more than four ingredients
  • Non-GMO and gluten-free
  • Baked without added oil
  • Good source of fiber
  • Amazingly good
  • Variety pack comes with an assortment of flavors 

Cons

  • Contains added sugar

#4. HIPPEAS Organic Chickpea Puffs

Cheese puffs are a universal kid-favorite, but most are highly processed, brimming with synthetic ingredients, and void of any nutritional value. That's certainly not the case with these organic chickpea puffs, though. Unlike most, these deliver a helping of protein and fiber along with a supremely satisfying crunch and finger licking flavor.

Pros

  • Made with wholesome ingredients
  • USDA organic, gluten-free, and vegan-friendly
  • Seriously crunchy and flavorful
  • Next to no sugar
  • Good protein and fiber content, and delivers some vitamins and minerals to boot

Cons

  • Calories per serving are high
  • Some felt the white cheddar flavor was a little bland

#5. Enlightened Bada Bean Bada Boom Crunchy Broad Beans

Crunch connoisseurs craving a little something extra will love these ultra crunchy roasted broad beans. They're bursting with protein and fiber and only pack 100 calories per serving, but be warned—this level of crunch requires a strong set of chompers, so you might want to save them for older kids.

Pros

  • Made with just five, all natural ingredients
  • Protein and fiber deliver sustained energy and stave off hunger pangs
  • No added sugar
  • Non-GMO, gluten-free, vegan-friendly, and kosher 
  • Super crunchy and flavorful
  • Low calorie

Cons

  • Might be too crunchy for the littlest kids
  • Beans are sourced from China

#6. Rhythm Superfoods Carrot Sticks

These dehydrated carrot sticks have enough crunch and flavor to be a satisfying chip substitute. And with excellent levels of fiber, potassium, and vitamin A, they add some major veggie power to snack time. 

Pros

  • Limited, healthy ingredients
  • High in nutrients, with a moderate number of calories
  • Contains no added sugar or other undesirable ingredients
  • Delightfully crisp and lightly seasoned
  • Baked, not fried

Cons

  • Price is a little steep
  • Some batches can be crunchier than others

#7. FBOMB Krunch Cheese Crisps

Crunchy, cheesy, and high in fats and protein, these oven baked cheese crisps are absolutely delicious and seriously satiating. They also come in a resealable bag for on-the-go freshness, but we doubt you'll have to worry about leftovers. These tasty morsels are downright addictive!

Pros

  • Short and simple ingredient list
  • Made with high quality, all natural ingredients
  • Free of hormones, gluten, and artificial additives
  • Zero sugar and plenty of protein
  • Amazing flavor and crunch

Cons

  • With 2 servings in a bag, parents will need to portion out each pack
  • Competitively priced, but not cheap

#8. Cello Whisps Cheese Crisps

If you want cheese crisps, but need something in ready-to-go portions, Cello Whips are a decent alternative to our previous pick. These cheesy bites are deliciously crunchy, reassuringly clean, and come in a single serving packs.

Pros

  • Just cheese, seasoning, and vegetable color
  • Excellent fat and protein content
  • Non-GMO and free of gluten and sugar
  • Deliciously crunchy, salty, and cheesy
  • Pre-portioned packaging is convenient

Cons

  • Serving sizes are pretty small (between 6-8 chips)
  • Always a possibility that some will be crushed in transit
  • Not cheap

#9. SimplyProtein Barbeque Protein Chips

For a crunch with added protein power, look no further than these protein-rich “chips”. These crunchy snacks pack a whopping 15 grams of pea-derived protein and contain next to no sugar. They're also made with non-GMO plant-based ingredients, so you can serve these suckers up with confidence.

Pros

  • Impressive protein content
  • Clean, natural ingredients
  • Low in sugar and gluten-free
  • Non-GMO and free of artificial flavors, colors, and preservatives

Cons

  • Contains a small amount of added sugar
  • Sodium heavy
  • Somewhat dry and powdery
  • Pricey

#10. Sensible Portions Garden Veggie Straws

These vegetable and potato-based straws are crispy and tasty enough to curb those unhealthy chip cravings. And with a generous 38 straws per serving, they're ideal for hardcore, hungry snackers.

Pros

  • Made with decent, natural ingredients
  • Free of gluten and artificial additives
  • Generous serving size with a reasonable number of calories
  • Non-GMO and kosher certified
  • Crisp and flavorful

Cons

  • A little heavy on potato and corn starch
  • Some tasters felt they were a tad too salty

#11. Doctor in the Kitchen Flackers Organic Flax Seed Crackers

There's no denying that these organic flaxseed crackers are hearty, wholesome, and healthy…But, as “good” as they are, they also have a distinctive flaxseed taste that some kids might not be crazy about. With that in mind, these crackers do have fantastic ingredients and an impressive nutrient profile that make them well worth a try.

Pros

  • Flax seeds, apple cider vinegar, rosemary, sea salt, and sage—that's all you'll find in these crackers
  • Great fiber and protein content
  • Organic, gluten-free, paleo, and vegan
  • Low carb, zero sugar

Cons

  • Not everyone loves the taste
  • Small kids might find them a bit too crunchy

Trail Mix

Lightweight and shelf-stable, trail mixes are the original travel snack. But while the average fruit and nut-based trail mix is nutrient-rich and energy-dense, many are also packed with excess sugar and unhealthy additives. These options deliver a great variety of nutrients, textures, and flavors without any of the dodgy stuff.

#1. Top Pick: Bubba's Fine Foods Grain Free Snack Mix

Not your average trail mix, this option is made with a blend of saba banana chips, pecans, and cashews, liberally dusted with all-natural seasoning. Of the three flavors in this variety pack, only BBQ has added sugar (from honey), and at just 2 grams per serving, it's nothing too sinister.

Pros

  • Made with real, clean ingredients
  • Saba bananas are a good source of probiotics  
  • These particular banana chips have 90% less sugar than others
  • Delivers a blend of protein, fat, and fiber
  • Non-GMO, gluten-free, and dairy-free

Cons

  • Not much sweetness
  • Not packaged in single servings

Runner up: Daily Fresh Healthy Antioxidant Mix

With cashews, almonds, walnuts, hazelnuts, macadamia nuts, and pecans all in one package, this trail mix is seriously nutty and highly nutritious. A smattering of raisins and blueberries bring just enough sweetness and texture without piling on the sugar. Plus, they're conveniently pre-portioned in single-serving packs.

Pros

  • Good, healthy ingredients
  • Delivers a mix of fat, protein, and fiber
  • Non-GMO, gluten-free, and kosher
  • Each carefully portioned serving clocks in at just under 150 calories
  • Convenient

Cons

  • Packaging is difficult to open
  • Unseasoned, but most kids probably won't miss it
  • Serving size is pretty small

#3. Orchard Valley Harvest Heart Healthy Snack Mix

This simple trail mix is clean, delicious, and heart-healthy to boot. It's also more affordable than most, making it a great choice for budget-minded parents. It does have a little more sugar than our top two, thanks to the sweetened cranberries, but it definitely isn't over the top, either.

Pros

  • Contains a limited number of all-natural ingredients
  • Delivers a good balance of fat, protein, and fiber
  • Non-GMO and free of artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives
  • Individually packaged portions are ideal for busy parents

Cons

  • Not everyone enjoys the chickpeas
  • Cranberries can be a bit overpowering
  • Contains added sugar

#4. Fruit for Thought Power Mix

A quick peek at the packet is really all it takes to know that this is a good, old-fashioned trail mix. Nuts and dried fruit are all you'll find in this blend, and, honestly, that's all a trail mix really needs. Just be aware that this option packs a little extra naturally occurring sugar, thanks to the medley of fruits.

Pros

  • Simple, natural, and delicious
  • No added sugar and no artificial ingredients
  • Reasonably low calorie
  • Loads of different textures and flavors

Cons

  • Might be too sweet for some

#5. Power Up Protein Packed Trail Mix

If you're looking for extra protein, this trail mix delivers all of 7 grams in a single serving. It's also super clean and offers some nice variety with interesting add-ins like cherries and pumpkin seeds. The catch? A single serving packs 190 calories, so you might want to shave a few nuts and raisins off each portion.

Pros

  • Contains a wholesome blend of fruit, seeds, and nuts
  • Zero artificial additives or preservatives
  • Stands out from the crowd with a handful of unique ingredients
  • Unbeatable protein content
  • Non-GMO, vegan, and gluten-free

Cons

  • High calorie
  • Total sugar content could be lower
  • Not packaged in single serving containers

#6. Youtopia Snacks Snack Packs, Variety Box

Okay, okay, so these have a pretty long list of ingredients and they contain some added sugar, but just take a minute to look over the ingredients and nutritional facts, and you'll quickly realize that they're actually quite decent. Plus, these award-winning snacks taste absolutely awesome and come with an Espresso Obsesso flavor that parents can swipe for themselves without feeling guilty.

Pros

  • Low in sugar, sodium, and calories, but high protein
  • Awesome flavor, texture, and variety
  • Non-GMO, gluten-free, and kosher
  • Filling enough to tide kids over until their next meal

Cons

  • Contains caramel color
  • Has some added sugar
  • Expensive

Chocolate Snacks

best snacks for toddlers

Everybody needs a little chocolate every now and then. And, honestly, there's no reason to deprive your kids (or yourself!) as long you choose wisely and keep an eye on calories. Check out our round-up of creamy, delicious, antioxidant-rich chocolate treats.

#1. Top Pick: Skinny Dipped Almonds, Best Sellers Variety Pack

Simple but so delicious, these “skinny dipped” dark chocolate almonds are a great source of protein, fiber, and healthy fats. They contain no nasty ingredients and have just enough sweetness and crunch to satisfy. But don't forget to count out those nuts—16 almonds is one serving and equals 150 calories.

Pros

  • “Skinny dipped” in dark chocolate for a thinner coating
  • Limited ingredients
  • Delivers a good dose of fiber, fat, and protein
  • Non-GMO, gluten-free, and contains no artificial flavors or colors
  • Shipped on ice to prevent melting
  • Each resealable pack equals 3.5 servings

Cons

  • Needs to be portioned out
  • Small serving sizes might not be enough to silence rumbling tummies
  • On the expensive side

Runner Up: ChocZero Keto Bark

This keto-friendly chocolate bark is made of quality stone-ground cocoa beans and almonds, and contains absolutely no sugar or artificial sweeteners. But that's not to say it isn't perfectly sweet and delicious, either—a dash of monk fruit extract delivers just the right level of sweetness without any of the nasty effects of added sugar.

Pros

  • Clean, natural, and simple
  • Low carb and sugar-free
  • Non-GMO, gluten-free, and soy-free
  • Deliciously creamy with an almond crunch
  • Calories per serving are reasonable
  • Servings are individually packaged

Cons

  • Bars are packaged in bags and can easily break during shipping

#3. UNREAL Dark Chocolate Coconut Bars

These bars are unbelievably clean and amazingly good too. With just three ingredients (dark chocolate, organic coconut, and organic cassava syrup), keeping track of what's going into your child's body is a breeze. They do contain a little added sugar in the form of organic cassava syrup, but the quantity is so low, it isn't a concern for most.

Pros

  • Made with three simple, all natural ingredients
  • Makes a great low calorie treat
  • Non-GMO, gluten-free, and vegan-friendly
  • We love that each bar is individually wrapped

Cons

  • Each bar is only about 2 inches long
  • Contains a little added sugar
  • Pricey

#4. JOJO's Guilt-Free Chocolate

Picture healthy trail mix embedded in a bar of dark chocolate and you'll have a good idea of what this snack is all about. Personally, we think the idea of combining indulgent chocolate with satiating trail mix is nothing short of genius, but don't take our word for it—go on and try it for yourself.

Pros

  • Made with 70% dark chocolate and a mix of almonds, pistachios, and cranberries
  • Excellent protein content
  • Low sugar 
  • Non-GMO and gluten-free
  • Shipped on cool packs to prevent melting
  • Calories aren't over the top

Cons

  • Contains 8 grams of sugar
  • Expensive

#5. Undercover Chocolate Co. Crispy Quinoa Snack

These dark chocolate covered quinoa treats are crispy, sweet, and even pack a little protein power. Unfortunately, they also have some added sugar (6 grams, to be exact). If you can live with that, they're still a much healthier alternative to most regular chocolates, plus they're based on hunger-busting quinoa. Oh, and did we mention that they're nut-free?

Pros

  • The combination of dark chocolate and quinoa is deliciously simple
  • Safe for kids with nut allergies
  • Non-GMO, gluten-free, and kosher
  • Calories per serving are decent enough
  • Low sugar

Cons

  • Contains a little added sugar
  • Pricey
  • Could melt in transit 

Well, folks, that’s our round-up of the top 51 healthy toddler snacks (that you can buy at the grocery store — or at least on Amazon). for kids—enjoy!

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