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30 Healthy Preschool Snacks (Nut-Free, Kid-Approved)


If your kiddo heading off to preschool this year and you need preschool snacks, this list of easy ideas has you covered. I aimed to include affordable and easy to eat options that are nut-free and kid-approved!

Preschool Snacks

Packing a preschool snack for kids is one of those parts of parenting that’s often harder than it seems—especially if you aren’t sure how hungry your kiddo will be or what they might be in the mood for. This list of preschool snack ideas has an assortment of healthy, yummy ideas that you can use individually or mix and match to pack a more substantial snack—because some kids are hungrier than others in the afternoon.

I know that many preschools have parents share snack duty, so this list will give you ideas in that situation, too.

You’ll find shelf-stable snacks, fresh produce ideas, nutritious store-bought snacks, peanut-free options, and more to make packing snacks for preschool and daycare easier.

(You may also like my favorite lunchbox ideas, bento lunch box ideas, peanut-free snacks for school, and birthday treats for school.)

snap peas and blueberries in containers for kids.

Preschool Snack Ideas

My goal with this list is to offer a range of ideas that require little to no prep work on your part, are appropriate for preschoolers from a nutritional and chewing standpoint, and that are foods kids usually like. There’s probably no snack that every single kid will eat, but I did do my best!

You can do just one of these or a combination of two of the snacks for a balanced snack. If there will be milk served, one snack item may be enough depending on appetite.

  1. Applesauce Mini Muffins
  2. Applesauce pouches
  3. Banana
  4. Banana and graham crackers
  5. Banana Mini Muffins (an easy egg-free choice)
  6. Blueberries
  7. Canned fruit in 100% fruit juice
  8. Cheese stick
  9. Clementines
  10. Cucumbers (sliced) and puffs
  11. Crackers (cheese crackers or whole grain) and cheese
  12. Crackers and hummus
  13. Dino Bars snack bar
  14. Dried fruit like apples (or learn how to store fresh apple slices without browning)
  15. Dry cereal (Cheerios, Kix, Chex or other whole grain cereal)
  16. Fruit leather and crackers
  17. Kind Kids Granola Bars
  18. Milk and crackers
  19. Milk and or cereal
  20. Mini bagel and cream cheese
  21. Pretzels and cheese
  22. Raisins and sunflower seeds, dry cereal, or slivered cashews (not whole) if nuts are allowed
  23. Sandwich quarter or half
  24. Snap peas and hummus
  25. Snap pea crisps and fruit
  26. Smoothie in reusable pouch
  27. Toddler Trail Mix
  28. Yogurt, drinkable
  29. Yogurt pouch or tube
  30. Cliff Kids Z Bar

TIP: Find my favorite Healthy Kids Snacks to buy at the store, too.

cheese and crackers with applesauce pouch on counter.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are healthy snacks for preschoolers?

Options including cheese sticks, fresh fruit and sliced raw vegetables (such as bell peppers and cucumbers), granola bars, muffins, small sandwiches, smoothies in a reusable pouch, yogurt, and similar options are nutritious options for preschool.

How many snacks should preschoolers have?

It depends on the duration of the time at preschool. Typically, preschoolers have a morning snack and an afternoon snack. It can help to keep them fuel between meal times to pack 2 food groups, with a protein snack and some beneficial fat, to help satisfy their hunger.

What are healthy snacks for nursery?

Options including homemade muffins, pita bread and hummus, thinly sliced carrot sticks and guacamole or other dip, whole wheat bread sandwiches, plain yogurt with fruit, whole grain crackers and more are nutritious options for nursery school.

toddler snack of blueberries and muffin

Easy Homemade Snacks for School

These foods are great to keep in mind for sending snacks to any school since most kids will be hungry by mid-afternoon. They’re kid-friendly, no matter the age, and can be expanded upon as kids get older.

And since the list includes store-bought and homemade options, you can choose the ones that work best for your child’s situation.

My top homemade preschool snacks include the following options, so you can enjoy these options, too.

Favorite Applesauce Muffins

Perfectly spiced and just sweet enough, these Applesauce Muffins are a yummy breakfast or snack. We like these on their own, topped with nut or seed butter, or even with a smear of cream cheese. See what your littles like!

Favorite Applesauce Muffins

mini applesauce muffins on pink plate
Easy Homemade Granola Bars

We like to have these granola bars as a snack or toddler breakfast with milk or a smoothie—and they’re an excellent lunch box component too. You can make them plain or choose a flavor to add!

Easy Homemade Granola Bars

stack-of-homemade-granola-bars
Favorite Mango Smoothie Recipe

This fresh Mango Smoothie is thin enough to drink through a straw and thick enough to eat with a spoon. And of course, it’s super creamy!

Favorite Mango Smoothie Recipe

mango smoothie in cups lined up on counter
Favorite Bliss Balls

These no-bake Bliss Balls have bright berry flavor, are packed with protein and beneficial fats, have only 5 ingredients, and store ridiculously well in the fridge for weeks. They are a satisfying snack to share with the kids.

Favorite Bliss Balls

Bliss balls on red plate.
Graham Crackers Recipe

Transform pantry staples into the yummiest Graham Crackers recipe with this easy method. These make a perfect snack with a side of fruit or yogurt dip.

Graham Crackers Recipe

easy graham crackers on baking pan.
fruit-cup-and-quarter-sandwich-in-snack-cups

Reusable Snack Containers

These three containers are ones that we’ve used for years for preschool snacks and find to be super durable and easy to clean (and the first two are shown in this post).

Replay Stacking Snack Containers (these are the colorful ones shown above) and are sold in a set of 4 containers for about $13.

Beaba Clip Containers (these are the clear containers shown above with the yellow and blue lids underneath) and are sold in a set of 6 for about $15.

Bumkins Reusable Bags are great to use instead of plastic bags if you want a reusable option. I mostly rinse ours out but you can also run them through the dishwasher or washing machine. A set of 2 bags is usually less than $10.

granola bar and banana on counter.

Best Tips for Preschool Snacks

  • Follow guidelines from your preschool or daycare on allergies or any other ingredient recommendations.
  • Aim to include 1-2 food groups for balance and to keep the kids satisfied until the next meal.
  • Trust the kids to eat as much as they need to fill their hunger cues.
  • Remember that it’s okay to keep things simple. You don’t have to make snacks from scratch all the time!
  • Rotate through favorites to expose the kids to a range of nutrients.
  • Feel free to share this list with your preschool or daycare or parents association if you share snack duty with other families.
  • You may also like my master list of Toddler Snacks and my Protein Snacks for Kids.

If you have any questions or additions to my list, please comment below. The more I hear from you all, the better I can make my content for your families!

preschool-snack-assortment-on-countertop

  • Choose 1-2 items from the list above. Choose milk or water.

  • Offer to the kids or pack for preschool and let the kids decide how much to eat according to their hunger.

  • Follow guidelines from your preschool or daycare on allergies or any other ingredient recommendations.
  • Aim to include 1-2 food groups for balance and to keep the kids satisfied until the next meal.
  • Trust the kids to eat as much as they need to fill their hunger cues.
  • Remember that it’s okay to keep things simple. You don’t have to make snacks from scratch all the time!
  • Rotate through favorites to expose the kids to a range of nutrients.
  • Feel free to share this list with your preschool or daycare or parents association if you share snack duty with other families.

Calories: 125kcal, Carbohydrates: 24g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 2g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 6mg, Sodium: 152mg, Potassium: 300mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 10g, Vitamin A: 130IU, Vitamin C: 5mg, Calcium: 69mg, Iron: 1mg

 

This post was first published July 2020.

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