Squeezing in the daily recommended servings of veggies isn’t always easy- especially for kids! If you find that you and your family need more veggies for the day (or just want a yummy snack), we have 16 delicious veggie snacks to share with you!
16 Delicious Veggie Snacks
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What could be better than incorporating veggies into cold and refreshing popsicles? We’ve tried both the Orange Carrot Mango popsicles and the Lime Green popsicles. While both got a thumbs up from all three kids, the Orange Carrot Mango is hands down our favorite. A 10 year old neighbor played outside with us this summer, and all of the kids begged for a popsicle. I gave her an Orange Carrot Mango pop, and she loved it so much that she asked for the recipe to give to her mom. And when we told her that carrots were in it, she said she hated carrots but would eat this anytime. Success! Also, when we make them, we just freeze them in our regular popsicle mold.
This is another favorite in our home. It tastes delicious, is full of wonderful ingredients, and the kids enjoy it as their “treat” when we pack a lunch.
These get devoured in our home, and when the kids ask if there are any left and I say, “No,” there are groans of unhappiness. But, if you have any leftovers, they are fantastic as a snack.
When your kids eat these, they’ll taste the banana and mango, but they are getting spinach at the same time too! My kids have wised up and know there is most likely a surprise awesome ingredient in everything that I make, but you don’t have to share the secret ingredient if you don’t want to.
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Use cucumber slices as your “bread” and sandwich delicious morsels inside, such as hummus, spreadable cheese, or a tomato slice and a round of deli meat. These are perfect for snacking and can easily be individualized.
Can you imagine the joy on your child’s face when he comes home to find that pizza rolls are on today’s after school snack menu? And these can be customized to include an array of veggies.
- High Fiber Broccoli Smoothie – The wonderful nutrition of broccoli and avocado are flavored by yummy cherries, banana, and pomegranate juice.
- Simple Green Smoothie – This simple smoothie packs a nutritional punch with spinach, mango, pineapple and banana. And even though my kids know the spinach is in the smoothie, they can never taste it.
- Carrot-berry applesauce
Adding carrots to delicious berry applesauce can make carrot eating common even for a non-carrot loving kiddo.
Kids love to dip, and cheesy zucchini sticks are made for dipping and enjoying. The crunch of the panko is a kid pleaser too.
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Oats, carrots, apples, walnuts and more-these bars truly do pack in the goodness.
Be prepared for these chips, packing fiber, antioxidants, phytochemicals and more, to disappear quickly. And as a parent, you’ll love sharing the rainbow of colors that you can serve your family with root vegetables.
Fill a pea pod with hummus for a satisfying snack that you can make into a boat for your ocean lover.
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These crunchy kale chips, flavored with seasonings, cashews, sunflower seeds and nutritional yeast, pack in the nutrition while tasting great.
Parmesan cheese, garlic powder, salt and olive oil flavor these crunchy easy-to-make peas that can be eaten alone, in a trail mix, or on a salad.
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This creamy dip, paired with homemade baked pita chips, is like eating chips and dip, but it’s a much healthier version.
Many children don’t get enough vegetables or variety of vegetables in their diets, so presenting veggies in new ways (and familiar ways too) at snack time is a way to increase exposure to vegetables, boost the nutrition of snacks, and increase the healthy nutrients provided overall to your child in a day. Many of the snacks in this list can be quickly made and enjoyed by everyone in the family.
I'm a registered dietitian, mom of 4, avid lover of food and strong promoter of healthy habits. Here you will find lots of delicious recipes full of fruits and veggies, tips for getting your kids to eat better and become intuitive eaters and lots of resources for feeding your family.Learn More about Natalie