5 Kid-Friendly & Parent-Approved Protein Snacks
Parents, you know the drill. You want to feed your kids nutritious protein snacks that will power their growing bodies. They, on the other hand, want to fill up on sugar and other junk foods. (Don’t we all!) As a parent, though, you have the tough task of prioritizing their health while still making sure they eat... something!
If you find yourself giving in and filling the shopping cart with chips, sweets, and candy instead of healthier options, you’re not alone. Kids can be picky, and sometimes you have to choose your battles. But getting those kiddos to eat nutritious snacks doesn’t have to be a battle in the first place.
How? Supply them with protein snacks that are both tasty and healthy. It’s a win-win: The kids get snacks they love, while you get peace of mind knowing the stuff they’re filling up on are packed with the nutrients they need.
With kids’ fickle tastes, it’s a good idea to have a few staple favorites to fall back on. Read on for five tasty — and healthy! — go-to protein snacks your kids will love.
Fruit & Yogurt Protein Snacks
Yogurt — especially Greek yogurt — is an excellent source of protein (make sure to avoid the super sugary stuff, though). In fact, Greek yogurt helps improve gut and bone health, lower blood pressure, and reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes. Some studies also show it can even benefit mental health.
If the kids aren’t fans of the texture or flavor, try mixing in some healthy cereal, granola, or fresh fruit for some added crunch or sweetness.
Peanut Butter & Fruits or Veggies
Fruits and veggies with peanut butter are super easy protein snacks to prepare ahead of time and store in the fridge. That way, when your little ones are impatiently chanting for snacks, you can quickly whip something tasty and nutritious to satiate their hunger.
Cut up some celery or slice an apple, dish up some peanut butter, and let the kiddos have at it. You could even give them a variety of veggies and fruits to dip, and find out which ones are their favorites for future reference.
Oats are another great source of protein, and they can be eaten in a ton of different ways. For extra protein in your kids’ oatmeal, make it with milk instead of water, or stir in some of that nut butter to trick your kiddos into thinking they’re getting a rich dessert for breakfast.
If you have some extra time, bake a batch (or two) of oatmeal cookies to sneak some nutrients into yummy treats for picky eaters. Freezable protein snacks like healthy oatmeal cookies are a time saver for on-the-go families.
For protein snacks that will make your kids feel like they’re eating junk food, we offer a variety of options. Kids who crave the taste and texture of cheese puffs love Outstanding Puffs protein snacks, and parents love that they’re packed with tons of nutrients.
If your kids are picky about their flavors, we have you covered. While the Hella Hot pack might be too much for sensitive palates, Outstanding Puffs also come in Pizza Partay, White Chedda (with all the flavor but none of the actual cheese!), Chill Ranch, and Kansas City BBQ.
Plus, each bag has 21 grams of plant-based protein, as well as 20 essential vitamins and minerals, to make sure all that flavor is backed by healthy, nutrient-dense ingredients.
Not sure which flavor your kids will like best? Try a variety pack and test each out with even the pickiest eaters in your family!
PigOut Pigless Pork Rinds
No need to feed your kids traditional pork rinds when you can give them tasty protein snacks that are full of nutrients and entirely plant-based. Each of these bags has 25 grams of protein, and the rinds are baked rather than fried.
Stick with the more “traditional” original flavor, or explore the Nacho Cheese, Texas BBQ, Salt & Vinegar, or Hella Hot options. Or, grab a variety pack and see which flavors your kids gravitate to.
Don’t want them blowing through an entire 3.5 oz bag? Our 1 oz snack size bags are perfect for snacking in moderation or giving your kiddos an enviable lunch treat.
Fun & Tasty Doesn’t Have to Be Unhealthy
Protein snacks can be both fun and tasty for kids. And they don’t have to be complicated or expensive, either. With a few core ingredients — or a few handy bags of plant-based, nutritious goodness — you can make sure they’re eating healthy, even while they think they’re chowing down on junk food.Want to try these options for yourself? Find Outstanding Foods snacks in a store near you!