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Healthy Snack Alternatives to Junk Food for Kids

Snacks are one of the joys of life, wouldn’t you say? My kids and I are snackers through and through! To go a day without at least one would be preposterous (unless you’re my “three squares and three squares only” mom). There’s no understanding that.

I like naughty things like nachos, ice cream and chocolate, my son likes candy, candy, candy and my daughter likes cheese puffs and gummy bears.

I asked my bestie what her 5 and 7-year old daughters love, and the answer was similar: cookies, chips and cupcakes.

Junk food is a nice treat now and then, however most of us know that we need to balance those favorites with healthier snack options, right?


I love to serve fruit salad with meals, but after that, I portion it into kid-sized grab-and-go containers for snack time.  Veggies like carrots, celery and peppers work well too.

Another satisfying alternative to junk food is a hearty trail mix with nuts, dried fruits, popcorn and pretzels.

Trail mix recipe

And don’t forget Mott’s Snack & Go!

Remember when I showed you some tasty snack ideas with applesauce? I told you to dip your potato chips in it! It’s a sneaky way to add some nutrition and it tastes like a miracle.

Mott's Snack_and_Go

If you’re at home, serve the applesauce in fun shaped containers like these heart silicone molds. Kids get a kick out of surprises like that!


And for on the go, you can’t beat the convenience. Toss them into a backpack and they’re ready when you are!

Mott's Snack and Go in backpack

Mott’s Snack & Go comes in a variety of flavors, including Mango Peach, Mixed Berry and Granny Smith!

AuthorLogoMott’s® Snack & Go is the nutritious applesauce kids love in a squeezable pouch they can take with them wherever they go. Mott’s is also the only applesauce brand with Box Tops for Education®, helping to support kids’ schools.  Click here to download a buy one get one free Mott’s® Snack & Go coupon.

What are your favorite healthy snack alternatives to junk food?


Compensation was provided by Mott’s® via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Mott’s®.

About Liz

Liz Mays is a lifestyle, food and travel blogger living in coastal North Carolina. If she's not in her kitchen creating recipes, she's probably off on another whirlwind travel adventure, scrapbooking her photos and memories, curled up watching a movie or sound asleep.


  1. When my kids were little, I thought these packaged products were crazy. Until I realized that my kids thought they were as good as having a candy bar! By making them a treat, they felt like it was gold. We both won!

  2. All of these snacks look great for the kids AND for me. :) I’ve been meaning to pick up some of the squeeze Mott’s for a while. Putting on our grocery list now. Thanks!

  3. My kids love junk food, but you’ll also find them snacking on apples and pears and they all love applesauce!

  4. My Daughter is a fruit junkie so that bowl of grapes & cut fruit would be gone in a flash with her around.

  5. These are some great snack ideas. I’ve never tried applesauce on chips before. I don’t think I’d be brave enough to try it. (You should turn in applesauce as a flavor option for the Lays competition when it comes back on.)

  6. those mott things are so cute. i don’t have small ones anymore, but i will share this with my sister who does.