Last Update: October 9, 2023
No matter what your plans are for this unique back-to-school season, one thing’s certain: kids will ask for snacks. When you’re fielding requests for crackers, bars, dippers, or other favorite items, injecting a little variety might just make the school year a bit more bearable. That’s why we’ve combed our shelves to recommend the best healthy snack ideas for every diet and every craving.
Before we get into the best snack options, let’s talk tips. With a few tweaks to your setup, it’s easy to keep everyone under your roof happy until dinner.
Ask 10 people to name their favorite snack and you’ll likely get a handful of different answers. Healthy snack food preferences are personal, but a few nutrients stand out.
Skip out on dairy, but not on flavor. Our Certified Vegan snack ideas will cater to every member of the family, even those that don’t follow a plant-based diet.
Here’s a snack that’s all about the crunch—no fake orange dust required. As a non-dairy riff on cheese puffs, Lesser Evil’s recipe features cassava, coconut, and sweet potato flours, plus a dusting of Himalayan salt.
Ah, the versatility of a rice cake. Enjoy plain, or top with your favorite combos like smashed avocado and chili flakes or PB&J. This gluten-free option offers fiber, protein, and only 100 calories per serving. Thrive Market member Hannah from Florida tops hers with avocado and shredded carrots.
Can’t say no to a chocolate chip cookie? Neither can we. That’s why we adore Enjoy Life’s vegan mini cookies. They’re the perfect size for a sweet afternoon bite, and are made with gluten-free buckwheat flour, unsweetened chocolate, and cocoa butter.
This isn’t your average tortilla chip. From the Ground UP makes its bag with cassava flour and cauliflower and dusts them with a nacho-inspired spice mix featuring garlic, onion, and paprika.
Go Raw blends sprouted pumpkin, watermelon, and sunflower seeds in this keto-friendly, plant-based, and organic bag. Each serving offers 7g of protein, plus iron, vitamin E, and zinc.
If you’re following a paleo diet and want to keep things simple when snacktime rolls around, these paleo snack ideas will please the whole family. They’re filled with protein to fuel study sessions, backyard “recess,” and more.
Grab and go. That’s the idea behind our hunger-satisfying tasty beef sticks. Each serving has 9g of protein, and is made from 100 percent grass-fed Tasmanian beef. Member Jaime from Virginia shares “I throw them in my bag to snack on when I’m out so I don’t stop for fast food.”
With more than 900 five-star reviews, Thrive Market members are officially in love with Simple Mills’ crackers. Made with almond flour, sunflower seeds, and flax seeds, these crackers are delicious as-is, or you can top them with cheese slices.
Sourced from rural African Farms, Mavuno Harvest’s dried mango is paleo, gluten-free, organic, and non-GMO. This is a naturally sweet and healthy vegan snack you can feel good about.
There’s something for everyone in this variety pack of our popular paleo snacks. Each bag lets you sample our savory, chipotle, and ranch flavors dusted on banana chips, cashews, and pecans.
Kids can take snack time into their own hands with apple sauce pouches. They’re squeezable, resealable, and made with a blend of organic apples (and no added preservatives or sugar).
Here are the best gluten-free snacks to keep on hand.
Light and airy, these crunchy puffs are made with non-GMO chickpea flour and deliver 4g of protein per serving. Member Allyssa from New York admits she “can’t stop eating these!”
This six-pack is an ideal snack-size portion of our popular veggie sticks. Every batch is made with organic ingredients like tomatoes, spinach, and beets. Plus, they’re fried in coconut oil for a satisfying crunch.
This brand is named after the founder’s son, who inspired her to seek out more nutritious snacks. Made with sorghum and brown rice flours, these whole-grain, gluten-free pretzels will become a fast family favorite.
When you’re setting up a gluten-free cheese platter to get through the afternoon, don’t forget Schar table crackers. Made with non-GMO ingredients and no lactose or preservatives, this nibble also offers some iron and calcium.
Inspired by a favorite childhood treat, Nature’s Baker recreated a fig bar with gluten-free ingredients. Member Jenna from Texas says, “It’s so hard to find gluten-free fig bars, but these were amazing and hit the spot!”
It’s not always easy to find gluten-free snack bars, but these sweet and healthy favorites certainly fit the bill. The sweet chocolate chips and healthy whole grains are great, but it’s the ingredients these bars don’t have — preservatives, dyes, and artificial flavors — that make them even better.
It’s easy to reach for a bag of paleo snacks, but you can also mix it up with healthy snacks to make at home that’ll appease hungry kids for days.
Kids can help make this batch of gluten-free muffins, and we’re betting they’ll love the addition of chocolate chips! Grated zucchini keeps it wholesome, and you can freeze any extras for another day.
Having a batch of granola on the counter means snack time can be handled in an instant. Just pour cacao coconut granola into a bowl and top with your favorite milk.
Make this recipe on Sunday and you’ll have easy vegan snacks for the week. Each ball is sweetened with dates and rolled with creamy peanut butter, chocolate protein powder, and ground cinnamon.
Move over, lattes. Pumpkin can do even more than transform into your favorite fall beverage. This nutritious hummus is seasoned with several spices like cumin and coriander, and works as a snack or an addition to your favorite grain bowl.
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