50+ Healthy Preschool Snacks That Are Fun & Easy

fruits and vegetables on a table with kid hands in the shape of a heart

Preschool Snack Ideas

Coming up with healthy preschool snacks can feel challenging.

Especially if you are like me…someone who finds being in the kitchen more of a chore than a delight.

At the same token, I value health and nutrition and want to ensure I make wise choices for my preschoolers so that they receive balanced nutrients. I also want to do it in a way that keeps their taste buds happy.

The food we choose to fuel their little bodies and curious minds is important in helping them feel their best throughout the day.

In this article, you will find:

  • Delicious dips
  • Fun vegetable snacks
  • Grab and go protein snacks
  • Healthier yogurts
  • Better bars and nuts snacks
  • Easy fruits for snacks
  • 3 things to look for in processed (store bought) snacks

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7 Delicious Dips for Healthy Preschool Snacks

Dunking food is lots of fun in the eyes of a little one! They often will be more willing to try a not-so-fun food (like a vegetable) if they can dip it into a delicious dip! Take any one of the 7 dips below and pair with a grain or vegetable.

1. Avocado cups from Costco

box of avocado cups as packaged snacks for preschoolers

We LOVE these cups from Costco because they are not only delicious, but they contain only two ingredients with no preservatives added: smashed avocado and sea salt.

With 16 single cups, they make snack prep a breeze!

2. Primal Kitchen Ranch Dressing

ranch dressing as a dip for preschool snack ideas

I am big on eating clean ingredients (foods with no chemicals or industrial seed oils) whenever possible. Primal Kitchen products provide just that!

With THOUSANDS of five star reviews on Amazon, it’s safe to say you and your little ones will enjoy this ranch dressing dip!

3. Nut butter

two jars of peanut butter as a healthy snack for preschoolers

This is the most delicious peanut butter imaginable. Even though it is the Kirkland Costco brand, you can buy it here on Amazon!

I am a bit of a peanut butter snob, and this brand is my all time favorite for its clean ingredients and amazing flavor.

Another favorite nut butter in our house is the Kirkland Almond Butter and the Kirkland Signature Mixed Nut Butter.

If your preschool doesn’t allow any nut butters, a great alternative is a Sunflower Seed Butter.

4. Cottage cheese

cottage cheese in a bowl as a healthy snack for preschool

As an excellent source of protein, cottage cheese is a wonderful food to use as a dip or a spread.

5. Hummus

box of hummus cups as a healthy snack for preschool

Sabra Singles are so conveniently packaged for snacks on the go.

With THOUSANDS of five star reviews on Amazon, many others agree!

Chickpeas (the main ingredient of hummus) are high in fiber, protein, and healthy fats. They are such a nutrient dense food, I love including them in meals and snacks any way I can!

There is soybean oil in this particular hummus, however. So it doesn’t fit within the 3 guidelines listed below. But, for me, this dip gets my kids to eat vegetables, so I’ll take it!

6. Everything But the Bagel Yogurt dip

tub of everything but the bagel dip

This is the dip that got our son to try a cucumber.

Before this dip, he was an all fruits and carbs kind of guy. At two and a half years old, he is now eating plain vegetables, thanks to the Everything But the Bagel dip provided at Trader Joe’s.

7. Avocado Chickpea Spread

avocado chickpea spread on toast with spinach

This avocado chickpea spread we could eat by the spoonfuls. It is fast to make and versatile to eat!

For our preschoolers, we use it as a dunking dip or a sandwich/cracker spread. For my husband and me, we turn it into a toast topped with spinach…so many options!

8 FUN Vegetable Snacks for Preschoolers

Getting your preschooler to happily eat a vegetable doesn’t have to be hard! With these 8 wonderful veggies, your little one will be getting the important nutrients they need while also enjoying the flavor!

1. Jackson’s Avocado Oil Sweet Potato Chips

bag of sweet potato chips

YES, they are a chip that is clean! They have literally 3 ingredients only: sweet potatoes, avocado oil, and sea salt.

They are a staple in our house because they are DELICIOUS and great on the go. Everyone in our house LOVES Jackson’s Sweet Potato Chips.

They also come in a variety pack and are ranked as an Amazon Choice!

2. Kirkland Organic Fruit & Vegetable Pouches

box of fruit and vegetable pouches in an article on snacks for preschool

It is a stressful day in our house if we ever run out of these!

Kirkland Organic Fruit & Veggie Pouches are our son’s most favorite thing.

What I love about them the most is that they have no sugars added and are made with clean ingredients.

These pouches are so tasty and convenient on the go that even I eat them pretty regularly!

Even though they are a Kirkland brand, you can purchase them off Amazon in the link above!

3. Rainbow Bell Peppers

5 bell peppers on a table

Bell peppers are such vibrant colors and look even more beautiful when cut into rainbow strips of red, orange, yellow, and green.

Pair them with any of the delicious dips listed above for a colorful dunking experience.

4. Siete’s Potato Chips

bag of clean potato chips

A potato chip that is healthy?! YES!

With only 3 ingredients–potatoes, avocado oil, and sea salt–what’s not to love about these?! YUM!

With THOUSANDS of five star reviews on Amazon, these chips are well loved.

5. Thin sliced Cucumbers

sliced cucumber and flowers

Cucumbers are great for how plain-tasting they are, because you can easily dress them up to make them more fun.

Dress them up with a dollop of cream cheese on each slice.

Use them for dunking into one of the 7 delicious dips mentioned above.

Or if you have the time, slice them and then use a heart-shaped cookie cutter to cut them into adorable bite-sized hearts. I sometimes top them off with a heart-shaped slice of Havarti cheese.

6. Crinkle Cut Squash

crinkle cut butternut squash

Microwave these in a bowl of water for about 3 minutes. Lather them up with butter and honey. YUM!

My kids like these hot or cold, making them easy to pack for a preschool snack away from home.

7. Diced Sweet Potato

diced sweet potato

Peel a sweet potato. Dice into cubes. Drizzle with olive oil or avocado oil. Sprinkle cinnamon on top and bake at 400 degrees for about 15 to 20 minutes.

Similar to the squash, my kids enjoy these hot or cold, so they are easy to pack for a preschool snack at school.

8. Carrots

cut carrots on cutting board

From baby carrots, to crinkled carrots, to shredded carrots, and even whole carrots…there are so many ways to eat a carrot!

Serving the same food in different ways makes it exciting and new. Any of the variations (depending on the age of your little one) are great for eating plain or dunking into one of the 7 delicious dips mentioned above.

8 Grab & Go Protein Snacks for Preschoolers

High protein foods help satiate hunger, keeping your preschooler energized and fuller longer. These 8 snacks are wonderful for busy families on the go and are tasty options that even adults will like!

1. Chicken & Maple Snack Mates

Snack Mates box for packaged snacks for preschoolers

We are constantly ordering more of these, as they are our kids #1 most favorite snack!

Chicken & Maple Snack Mates are like a beef stick or beef jerky. Toddler-sized, they are perfect for little hands.

What I love most about these snacks is the ingredients. They are made with ingredients you can pronounce (no chemicals), and the chickens are raised without hormones or antibiotics.

2. Country Archer Mini Beef Sticks

bag of beef sticks as packaged snacks for preschoolers

Country Archer Mini Beef Sticks are similar to the chicken sticks listed above.

They have clean ingredients with no added chemicals or sugars, and they are the perfect size for small hands.

Our daughter finds them to be spicy, but our son loves them–as do I!

They are ranked as an Amazon Choice because of how awesome they are! I highly recommend keeping these in your pantry.

For more snacks for parents, read 26 Healthy Snacks for Moms That Are Quick & Easy.

3. Larabar Kids

box of protein bars for kids

Not all bars are created equal. So many contain a paragraph of ingredients (more on that towards the bottom of the article). Or they have chemicals and added sugars.

Larabar Kids bars, however, do not. Being made for children, they are the perfect size. They provide protein and nutrition while also satisfying little tastebuds.

Larabar’s philosophy is to provide food in the simplest, most natural state. So as a parent, you can have peace of mind with what you are feeding your kids.

With THOUSANDS and THOUSANDS of five star reviews on Amazon, you can’t go wrong with keeping these snacks in your pantry!

4. Cheese Whisps

box of Cheese Whisps for preschool snack ideas

Cheese Whisps are packed with 9 grams of protein in every serving! They are well loved by both kids AND adults. Everyone in our house really likes these.

They are on the crunchy side, so for younger eaters, it can be a texture adjustment. But our two year old and four year old are big fans.

5. Babybel Cheese

bag of Babybel cheese as healthy preschool snacks

It wasn’t until I became a mom that I understood the excitement over Babybel Cheese. I don’t know a toddler or preschooler who doesn’t love these!

It’s the packaging! Learning how to open and unravel the red wax to get to the cheese is such a fun activity for small hands to utilize and strengthen their fine motor skills.

They are a fun snack packed with calcium and protein.

6. String Cheese

bag of string cheese

String cheese is another fun snack because of all the different ways you can eat it! Learning how to peel it is another great utilization of fine motor skills for preschoolers.

Loaded with calcium and protein, string cheese is a wonderful snack!

7. Hard boiled egg

bag of hard boiled eggs

Hard boiled eggs are even better when they are already made for you! Meal prep/snack prep is made easier with these pasture-raised eggs.

With THOUSANDS of five star reviews on Amazon, this brand in particular is popular!

8. Deli meat

box of deli meat

No sandwich needed! Plain, simple deli meat is tasty and well loved on its own!

We really like the Hillshire Farm brand. It has zero nitrites and nitrates added. There are no added preservatives or artificial flavors either.

The meat is great by itself, or you can pair it with crackers or a roll and some cheese.

3 Healthier Yogurt Brands as Snacks for Preschoolers

Yogurt often has lots of added sugars and fillers, causing many brands to be more of a dessert than a healthy source of nutrition. The three kinds we like to stick with are below.

1. Siggi’s Yogurt

box of yogurt cups

Made with simple, clean ingredients, Siggi’s yogurt is a healthier option that is absolutely delicious! You can find them at Whole Foods.

It is available in cups, pouches, and tubs in many different flavors, making it a convenient healthy snack option.

2. Stonyfield Organic Yogurt

box of yogurt pouches for kids

Available as a pouch, cup, or tub, Stonyfield Organic Yogurt is another healthier choice.

Stonyfield uses organic, high quality ingredients with no harmful pesticides.

However, Stonyfield’s yogurt is a bit high on the sugar, which I’m not crazy about. But, when our son wasn’t gaining weight fast enough–and these were the only thing he would eat for a period of time–I wasn’t as concerned about the sugar because I just needed him eating.

Note that the yogurt showcased here is for kids, but they also have whole milk yogurt options specifically for babies in mind, too.

3. Plain Greek Yogurt

tub of plain Greek yogurt

Worried about refined sugar? Take plain Greek yogurt and drizzle on some honey!

The Greek Gods brand is my absolute favorite. There is no tang, and it’s just creamy goodness in a cup. Our two year old son often shouts, “Yogurt honey! Yogurt honey!” when he wants some of this.

Bars & Nuts: Healthy Preschool Snacks

Bars and nuts are easy, healthy preschool snacks to buy because of their ready-to-go packaging. If chosen wisely, they can be great sources of protein, fiber, vitamins, and minerals. Here are our top favorites.

1. Cerebelly Bars

box of cerebelly bars as healthy snacks for preschool

With whole grains, veggies, and fruit, these organic cerebelly bars are specifically made for toddlers. My kids LOVE these.

From choices like apple kale, strawberry beet, and sweet potato blueberry, parents can have peace of mind with the ingredients they are serving to their little ones.

While these bars do not check off all 3 guidelines mentioned below, they do contain ingredients I can pronounce and personally would cook with. And they do not have any industrial seed oils in them. That is hard to find in bars!

These bars are often located in the infant feeding section of your local grocery store with more flavors available.

2. Nature’s Garden Organic Trail Mix Snack Packs

bag of trail mix in an article on healthy preschool snacks

This Healthy Trail Mix Snack Pack bag comes with 3 variety pouches: a heart healthy mix, an omega-3 deluxe mix, and a cranberry health mix.

They are delicious and convenient when out and about. I should note, though, that they do contain sunflower oil. So they technically don’t follow all 3 guidelines mentioned below. But, it is one of those things where I figure everything in moderation is fine and good.

3. Homemade Trail Mix Snack Packs

If you want to avoid the industrial seed oils commonly found in trail mix pouches, you can easily assemble your own mix!

Buy raw almonds, cashews, pepitas, and cranberries to mix together. Zip up in some baggies or toddler containers and you’re all set!

Add in some dark chocolate too for a sweet and healthy treat. Dark chocolate has many great health benefits and less added sugars compared to milk chocolate. Yum!

12 Easy Fruits as Healthy Preschool Snacks

fruit smily face made from 3 apples and a banana

Rich in vitamins and antioxidants, fruits are a wonderful addition to our diet. To help maintain fullness longer, pair a fruit with a healthy fat, like a nut butter or a cheese.

1. That’s It Fruit Bars

box of fruit bars in an article on preschool snack ideas

With THOUSANDS of five star reviews on Amazon, That’s It Fruit Bars are POPULAR.

Not only are they made with all natural ingredients, but the size is nice and small for just the right snack portion.

These bars are a great choice for healthy preschool snacks to buy.

2. Dole Mixed Fruit Cups

box of fruit cups

These are awesome because the fruit is in 100% fruit juice versus a sugary syrup.

They make for an easy and healthy preschool snack at school.

3. Applesauce

box of applesauce cups

This applesauce doesn’t have any added sugars or artificial sweeteners, which we love.

With THOUSANDS and THOUSANDS of five star reviews on Amazon, you can’t go wrong with this packaged snack for preschoolers!

4. Apples

If your child isn’t crazy about biting into them whole, you can slice them and rub a lemon or a lime on the exposed pieces to prevent the apple from turning brown. Pretty cool trick that doesn’t wreck the flavor!

5. Grapes

Did you know that grapes are high in fiber? When our little ones were constipated, grapes came to our rescue. Grapes can be a choking hazard, though, so you might want to slice them in half to minimize concern.

6. Olives

7. Bananas

8. Blueberries

9. Raspberries

10. Strawberries

11. Mandarins

12. Kiwi

17 Favorite Combos That Are Healthy Preschool Snacks

1. Guacamole, cucumbers, whole grain crackers

2. Apple slices with a nut butter or sun butter

3. Sliced cheddar cheese, watermelon, and whole grain crackers

4. Mini bagels and cream cheese

5. Cucumbers, baby carrots, ranch dip or hummus

6. Mini Babybel cheese and oranges

7. Berries and Greek yogurt

8. Pineapples, whole grain crackers, and cheese

9. Blueberries, watermelon, and string cheese

10. Hard boiled egg, grapes, and pita slices

11. Veggie sticks with ranch or hummus

12. Rice cake with nut butter and fruit

13. Graham Crackers with nut butter and milk

14. Cottage cheese with fruit

15. Lunch meat roll up with Havarti cheese

16. Crackers, nut butter, and side of grapes

17. Avocado Chickpea spread with veggies and crackers

3 Things to Look for in Processed Foods

Processed foods (i.e. snack bars, beef sticks, crackers, etc.) are wonderfully convenient for busy families on the go, but they are not always the most nutrient-dense choice.

Granted, my pantry is full of processed foods, because they are amazing when you need them. But, with the ones I keep in my pantry, I try to follow 3 guidelines.

And, to be honest, I am happy if the processed food I purchase meets 2 out of the 3 guidelines. I am a big believer in moderation and feel like you can make yourself go crazy worrying about food labels 24/7 (and we don’t want to do that!).

1. Maintain clean, nutritional ingredients

Clean ingredients are basically no chemicals. If you look at the ingredients on the back of the package, the ingredients listed should be words you can actually pronounce versus some chemical you’ve never heard of.

The items listed should be ingredients you recognize and would actually cook with at home.

Often times, packaged or processed foods have sugar or corn syrup as the first or second ingredient listed. I don’t mind eating sugar and think it’s great to have in moderation, but I don’t want it to be the first item listed in a snack bar for my kids (or myself).

Ingredients are listed in descending order based on amount; sugar listed towards the end is better than being listed at the beginning.

2. Have little to no industrial seed oils

There is controversy over industrial seed oils (grapeseed oil, safflower oil, sunflower oil, canola oil, etc.) and their health/risk benefits.

I am not a doctor or a food expert, so take my opinion for what it’s worth. But if something is causing controversy, especially when it comes to putting it in my body, my initial reaction is to steer clear until I have the time to research the topic myself. So, that is what I try to do with industrial seed oils.

However, this is much easier said than done, as industrial seed oils are in nearly every packaged snack, and I feel like you can go a little nuts with this.

3. Contain 5 ingredients or less

Generally speaking, if a food label has a paragraph of ingredients in it, it probably isn’t the most nutritious option.

The number 5 is arbitrary, but the thought is that fewer ingredients means less processed.

Many snack items advertise nutritional statements/facts on the packaging, but we should look at the ingredients and nutritional label ourselves to make the wisest decision.

Following these 3 guidelines help in promoting a cleaner diet for our little ones.

I hope this list of healthy preschool snacks gives you inspiration for preparing tomorrow’s food.

May the snacks you pack keep your little one energized, happy, and ready for all the adventures that come their way!

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