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As parents, we’re lucky enough to have a kid that sleeps through the night or always remembers to say ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ at the right time. Sure, some kids defy the norm by craving healthy snacks like carrots sticks instead of chocolate chips. But if you’re the parent of one of the other 99 percent it can be tough to satisfy always-hungry kiddos in between meals. When the old classics like ants on a log and hummus lose their luster, try stocking your pantry with new, healthy foods to fuel kids up throughout the day. We’ve sourced five smart grab-and-go snacks for your hungry monkeys that you can easily make at home or pick up at the grocery store.

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Chickpea Crunch

Tired of snack mix? Try offering kids handfuls of roasted chickpeas. The legumes are full of fiber and protein, and baking and seasoning transforms them into a healthy, craveable snack that will pop in your kiddo’s mouth. They’re also incredibly portable.

Ingredients

1 can organic chick peas
Olive oil
Salt
Pepper
Paprika and/or oregano to taste

Method

1. Rinse, drain and thoroughly dry canned chickpeas on dish cloths or paper towels. If you can, choose chickpeas that are packed in BPA-free cans from companies like Eden Organics.

2. Coat chickpeas in extra-virgin olive oil and add garlic salt and spices to taste. Kids who can handle spice might like a sprinkling of paprika in the mix, while others will opt for fresh pepper or dried oregano.

3. Arrange chickpeas on a foil-lined baking sheet and roast until crisp for between 30 to 45 minutes. Check and roll chickpeas around the pan every several minutes to ensure an even bake.

4. Cool thoroughly before eating. Note: This snack is best suited for kids that are old enough to safely chow down on nuts and similar hard food.

Monkey Bars Chewy Granola Bars

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A classic treat for little ones, some granola bars contain a lot of hidden calories and sugar. But thanks to Monkey Bars, the granola bar just got even healthier. Packed with fiber and made with all-natural and organic ingredients, Monkey Bars are low in sodium and contain prebiotic fiber that aids kid’s digestive health. Kiddos can pick flavors including yummy blueberry vanilla and banana peanut butter. The 4 grams of protein and 3 grams of fiber in each bar will keep their bellies fuller for longer.

Cheesy Kale Chips

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Think your kids will opt for a bag of potato chips over kale chips every time? Try this addictive recipe and you’ll be surprised at how easy it is for kiddos to eat their greens.

Ingredients

1 bunch organic kale
Extra Virgin olive oil
Sea salt
Finely grated Parmesan

Method

1. Thoroughly rinse and dry kale between dish towels or paper towels.

2. Separate hearty center stems and place bites sized pieces of leaves on a baking sheet lined with foil in a single layer.

3. Coat well with olive oil and a dusting of salt.

4. Roast at 200 degrees until crisp, rotating racks and flipping chips every 10 minutes for 45 minutes to 1 hour.

5. Dust with Parmesan and store in an air-tight plastic bag or container.

Clif Kid ZFruit Rope

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Sometimes you don’t have an extra couple of minutes to chop up an apple or pear for a snack when you’re running late for a school or a play date. Thankfully, your kids can get doses of vitamin C and other important nutrients with Clif Kid ZFruit Ropes. Flavors, including sour apple, grape and tropical twist contain a serving of organic fruit without any preservatives or processed sweeteners. And since each is a measly 70 calories there’s room to fill their plate with an extra helping of fresh fruit for dinner.

Organic Pear Power Bites

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A healthy departure from additive-filled cereal bars, these homemade pear bites are cut into cubes to control portion size and contain just the right amount of sweet to satisfy. Makes about three dozen one-inch bites.

Ingredients

1 c organic oats
2/3 c nonfat dry milk
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground ginger
3/4 c unsweetened pear sauce
3 tbsp sugar
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
¼ cup shredded unsweetened coconut

Method

1. Combine oats, dry milk, baking powder, baking soda, ginger and cinnamon.

2. Combine all other ingredients besides coconut in a separate bowl.

3. Fold wet mixture into dry mixture and blend.

4. Pour mixture into pan lines with parchment paper and bake for about 30 minutes at 350 degrees until slightly golden.

5. Let cool and cut into one-inch cubes.

6. Dunk cubes in a thin coat of coconut and wrap in wax paper or store in baggies.

Recipe adapted from PCC.

What your kids’ favorite snacks? 

–Sara Billups

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