6 Addictive Real Food Snacks For Kids AND Adults

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Convenient real food snacks that travel well are a must for us busy girls and our families.  Amen?  Around here, tasty snacks grabbed on-the-go make busy, unpredictable days shine better. It’s a challenge for us ladies to stay on top of this though, isn’t it?  How ’bout a few ideas to keep your sanity and thrill your taste buds too?!

Sweet real food snacks

Thinking of snack time might bring to mind images of sodium-filled chips or sugar-laden fruit chews that none of us need too much of. The truth is that snack time is a great opportunity for energy between meals. I’ve confessed before that I struggle with trying to keep good snacks in the house! I’m trying to do better by sneaking in some nutrient-dense goodness to make up for the days that I epic fail (just saying!).

6 Real Food Snacks that ARE addictive

Strawberry Lemonade Gummies

Maybe gummy snacks actually are a part of a real food diet! If the gummy snacks we serve are these fun strawberry lemonade gummies you can rest assured that they are healthy, real food that is fun and tastes yummy.

Mini Chocolate Chip Goji Bites

If your kids want a sweet snack but you want them to avoid sugary treats, these Mini Chocolate Chip Goji Bites are perfect. They provide the sweetness we all crave without using white sugar and pour in some nutrients at the same time.

Easy Chocolate Maple Fudge

If your kiddos are chocolate lovers, this chocolate maple fudge is an easy way to satisfy their sweet tooth while getting healthy, brain-boosting fats into their diet. It’s a great “freezer fudge” which makes it easy to keep on hand for a quick before-homework brain charge up.

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Salty real food snacks

Homemade Baked Veggie Chips

Does your family love chips? Try this twist on the classic potato chip and get the benefit of a serving of veggies. These are absolutely addictive! These homemade baked veggie chips are fun to make and can be salted to taste, which helps you avoid the sodium overload of traditional potato chips.

Easy Homemade Beef Jerky

Beef jerky is an excellent, protein-filled snack for kids. Unfortunately, store-bought beef jerky often contains added ingredients that you really don’t want your family members to eat. Trust me – the sodium is ridiculous! That’s why homemade beef jerky is a great choice for healthy snacking.

Homemade Healthy Popcorn

Popcorn is a healthy snack already, but this recipe adds important nutrients from ingredients like coconut oil. It’s a dairy-free, gluten-free recipe, so it’s perfect for children who can’t have wheat or dairy. This is my saving grace! This is a great, healthy snack for family movie night.

As you can see from this list, homemade real food snacks don’t have to take a lot of time to make. There are so many kid-friendly options for healthy snacks that adults will adore too. When you get tired of the same fruit, cheese and nuts routine, jazz up snack time with these ideas that are perfect for travel, ball games, or a day around the house.

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6 INCREDIBLE Real Food Snacks that ARE addictive

Which real food snack will you make first?



Published on HuffPost, Okefenokee Living Magazine, and more, Shan is a Family Travel Journalist with a passion for helping women lose the overwhelm of planning family-friendly trips in the south. She shares travel reviews & insider secrets that Women REALLY want to know about Georgia, Florida, & the Carolinas vacations.

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  1. Mary
    June 21, 2017 / 10:11 am

    Popcorn is our all time favorite snack, but that Easy Chocolate Maple Fudge is calling my name. Heading over now to check out the recipe.

  2. Samantha
    June 21, 2017 / 10:30 am

    These are great ideas! I bet my kids would love the veggie chips. Maybe I’ll make them some this weekend. 🙂 Thanks!

  3. Lauren
    June 21, 2017 / 11:13 am

    What a great list! Those veggie chips look awesome, I am a sucker for salty snacks!

    • Shan
      June 21, 2017 / 1:48 pm

      Thank you! I’m a salt-a-holic too (also love chocolate though!) 😉

  4. Patricia - Grab a Plate
    June 22, 2017 / 10:38 am

    What great options! LOVE baked veggie chips, for sure!

  5. Modernized Mom
    June 22, 2017 / 12:00 pm

    Great ideas! I need to try these for my kids.

  6. candy
    September 7, 2017 / 7:49 am

    I try to keep homemade granola and granola bars on had. Popcorn is always a popular snack and muffins are easy to grab,

  7. Amanda
    September 7, 2017 / 11:28 am

    That fudge and pink lemonade ideas sound delicious! I’m not much of a sweets person, but my kids and husband are big fans! Pinned for later! Thank you!

  8. Anna
    September 8, 2017 / 6:40 am

    Beef jerky and popcorn is our all time favorite snacks when we travel. This fudge is such a great idea and the lemonade. I have made our travel food before but sometimes I don’t do it often . Thank you for sharing this post.

  9. Jazz
    September 8, 2017 / 2:32 pm

    I have a major sweet tooth so these are perfect!

    • Shan
      September 19, 2017 / 8:23 am

      Yay! I’m so glad.

      much love,

  10. Rachel
    September 8, 2017 / 3:12 pm

    Umm we are snackers in our house and always looking for healthy(er) alternatives! So I’m going to save this and make them ALL! That way I can tell my husband “See!? We ARE eating healthy!” LOL

    • Shan
      September 19, 2017 / 8:23 am

      US too! Thanks so much, Rachel!

      much love,

  11. maggie
    March 15, 2018 / 11:48 pm

    I’ll bet my daughter would love the strawberry lemonade gummies. Great idea!

    • Shan
      March 16, 2018 / 5:51 am

      Yay! Hope it’s helpful, Maggie!


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