6 Kids Snacks When You Have No Time

6 quick kids snacks

Thanks to Sprouts Farmers Market for sponsoring this post

The past few months have been nose-to-the-grindstone trying to meet the deadline for my next book while attempting to juggle the demands of motherhood and support my dad, who is battling cancer. Something had to give…and it did.  My house got messier, I spent a lot of time in yoga pants, and less time with friends. It seemed every hour of the day was accounted for.

Some of my habits in the kitchen went to the wayside along with so much else.  I managed to get dinner on the table most nights, but let the rest of it slide. The kids made their own breakfasts and lunches more often and I bought rather than made snacks from scratch.

Luckily, I found plenty of wholesome options that the kids liked and I felt good about. I found Sprouts Farmers Market to be an excellent resource for grab-and-go snacks, since they have a huge variety of options, affordable organic produce, a good bulk bin section, and frequent sales on items that would otherwise be too pricey.  You’ll find six top picks below. I’d also love to hear about your preferred snacks when time is short.

1. Single-Serve Nut Butter
almond butter

Nut and seed butter in single-serve packs paired with carrots or whole grain crackers for dipping became a favorite snack in our house. These new containers from Barney Butter make it easier to dip than the standard packets.

2. Good Quality Yogurt
Siggis yogurt

When it comes to buying yogurt, my preference is to opt for plain yogurt and add your own fruit and sweetener. That said, it’s been nice to have wholesome flavored options that aren’t full of artificial ingredients or excessive added sugar.  Siggi’s does a good job on both counts and my kids are big fans of the creamy texture.

3. Whole Fruit


I’ve spent an awful lot of time as a mother cutting, peeling, spearing, and festooning fruit every which way. Lately though, I’ve stuck to stocking our fruit bowl with whole fruit — apples, bananas, pears, and tangerines — that requires no prep so that it can be snatched from the fruit bowl on the way out the door or upstairs to study.

4. Pistachio Packs

bags of pistachios

These packs of pistachios have become a favorite. I like that they are on the smaller size with just 80 calories, so are great for littler appetites or when you just need a tide-me-over. They come in three different flavors.

5. Hard Boiled Eggs

a dozen eggs

Although this is one snack that requires a smidge of elbow grease, it’s such a good one that I’ve tried to keep them on hand. They’re portable, high in protein, and good any time of day. Sprouts has a great selection of quality eggs at prices that are more affordable than elsewhere.

6. Trail Mix
trail mix

I’ve been making my own trail mix since the kids were tiny, but this time around I kept it to just a couple of items packed into little jars that we could keep in the car or the kids could tuck into a backpack.

What are your handy, grab-and-go snacks?


11.06.2017 at6:56 PM #

Lauren O'Connor

All these simple snacks work for me and my girls! And I always prepare 6 hard boiled eggs at beginning of week for a quick snack (or to incorporate into a quick-prep meal).

11.06.2017 at6:56 PM #


That’s so smart to have a routine like that. Love it.

11.07.2017 at9:03 PM #

Alison Thompson

I am sorry to hear about your dad. I hope he is okay.

These are great ideas! Thank you! Where did you find the Barney’s cups in San Francisco?

11.07.2017 at9:03 PM #


I found them at Sprouts in Daly City, which is a pretty quick trip from where I live in SF. You could also get on the Barney’s site as they probably have a store locator.

11.08.2017 at12:23 PM #


Would love to know what you recommend in a homemade, quick trail mix. All of the suggestions are great!

Best of luck with your father’s health, and all of life’s other adventures. You have such a positive influence on the health of my family, and my personal journey of juggling motherhood, work and life. I find myself mentioning and sharing your blog with so many of my friends in daily conversation about how to do it all, in a healthy way. Just wanted to let you know from a distant follower that my thoughts are with you!

11.08.2017 at12:23 PM #

Katie Morford

Hi Kim,

Thank you so much for your kind words. I really appreciate it.

As for the trail mix, this post might provide some insight: http://www.momskitchenhandbook.com/recipes/healthy-homemade-trail-mix/

11.12.2017 at5:34 AM #


Great ideas! Love the trail mix in a jar…packaging can make a huge difference :-). I also would love to hear your ideas on what to put in a trail mix for kids. With my current overflow of Halloween candy, I am thinking of nuts & dried fruit with chopped up candy bars…

11.12.2017 at5:34 AM #

Katie Morford

Hi Sarah,

This post I wrote about making trail mix might be useful: http://www.momskitchenhandbook.com/recipes/healthy-homemade-trail-mix/

And if you want to mix in a little of your Halloween goodies with all the other healthy trail mix ingredients, I’m sure you kiddos will love it.

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