50 Easy Low Sugar Snacks for Kids

50 Easy Low Sugar Snacks for Kids. Healthy snack ideas for busy families.

Making low sugar snacks for kids doesn’t have to be complicated.

In fact, do you remember when the saying, “Keep it Simple Stupid” was in fashion? That’s still the way I like things.

With these easy low sugar snack suggestions, I find the simpler you keep it, the better it is for your kids.

This list is full of nutritious ideas for feeding your kids real, whole foods. It’s important to remember that you are building a lifetime of healthy habits for your kids.

When I did my 30 Day Sugar Detox, I found I “reset” my taste buds. Even 2 years later, I still don’t like things as sweet as I used to.

If you haven’t already signed up to receive my Real Food Prep Plan, I show you how to do a weekly snack box prep.

Having snacks prepped in advance helps make nutritious choices easier.

50 Easy Low Sugar Snacks for Kids

1. Tomatoes and Mozzarella Cheese
2. Hard Boiled Eggs
3. Cheese, cubed
4. Nitrate-Free Pepperoni
5. Whole Grain Toast Topped with Sliced Avocado
6. Mixed Nuts and Raisins
7. Avocado Half Filled with Pico De Gallo
8. Roasted Chickpeas
9. Popcorn
10. Triscuits and Cheese

Cheese and triscuits: 50 Easy Low Sugar Snacks for Kids. Healthy ideas for busy families.

11. Wasa Crackers spread with hummus and topped with sliced cucumbers
12. No Sugar Added Applesauce
13. Plain Greek Yogurt and Berries
14. Baked Sweet Potato
15. Sliced Bananas and Almond Butter
16. Celery and Peanut Butter
17. Clementines
18. Apple Slices
19. Fruit Kabobs with Pineapple, Kiwi and Strawberries
20. Sliced Carrots and Hummus

Banana Chocolate Chip Freeze: 50 Easy Low Sugar Snacks for Kids. Healthy ideas for busy families.
21. Nitrate-free Ham and Cheese Roll-Ups
22. Lime Baked Tortilla Chips
23. Freeze Dried Berries
24. Baked Potato
25. Dark Chocolate Chickpea Cookie Dough
26. Almond Joy Chia Pudding
27. Diced Melon
28. Watermelon Pizza
29. 2 Ingredient Banana Pancakes
30. Peanut Butter Oatmeal Banana Smoothie

Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal Smoothie: 50 Easy Low Sugar Snacks for Kids. Healthy ideas for busy families.

31. Diced Pear Sprinkled with Cinnamon
32. Wasa Cracker Spread with Cream Cheese and Topped with Strawberries
33. Lemon Truffles
34. Edamame
35. Grapes (try frozen to mix it up)
36. Deviled Eggs
37. Broiled Grapefruit Half
38. Zucchini Slices Topped with Tomato Sauce and Cheese and Broiled
39. Wasa Cracker Topped with Nitrate Free Ham and Pickles
40. Healthy Banana Split

Mock Banana Split: 50 Easy Low Sugar Snacks for Kids. Healthy ideas for busy families.

41. Beef Jerky
42. Cottage Cheese topped with Chopped Apple, Raisins, and Grapes
43. Sunflower Seeds
44. Larabars
45. Leftover Pasta and Tomato Sauce
46. Jicama (for older kids try it sprinkled with lime juice and chili powder)
47. Cherries
48. Peach half topped with Greek yogurt and a sprinkling of museili
49. Whole Wheat Pretzels (good dipped in almond butter or hummus)
50. Cashews and Dried Cherries

Any favorite low sugar snacks in your house that you’d care to share?

Cranberry Orange Granola

My favorite cranberry orange granola recipe.
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I’m sure you have your own favorite granola recipe. However, I wanted to share mine.

Because 9 out of 10 people who were never asked said this was the best granola recipe for the holidays.

I love the cranberry orange flavor combination as well as the fact that this quick and healthy recipe uses whole food ingredients like coconut oil and maple syrup.

You may want to double this recipe – some for you and some for gift giving!

Cranberry Orange Granola

Cranberry Orange Granola

Ingredients

  • 4 cups rolled oats
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped nuts
  • 1 C unsweetened large flake coconut (optional)
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 2/3 cup dried cranberries
  • Grated zest of 2 oranges
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil (may substitute butter)
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 300.
  2. Combine the oats, nuts, coconut (if using), salt, cranberries, and orange zest in a large bowl.
  3. Heat the coconut oil (or butter) and maple syrup over low flame, just until butter melts.
  4. Pour over the dry mixture and stir until thoroughly combined. Pour the mixture into a jelly roll pan.
  5. Bake for 50 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes.
  6. Let cool completely and store in an airtight container.
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Granola Breakfast for Two

This is how I like to package mine:

Buy a milk bottle shaped bottles from here or you may be able to find them at a local craft store.

Paint a four pack box white.

To one bottle add coffee beans. To a second bottle add milk. To a third bottle add yogurt. To the last bottle add some cranberry orange granola.

You’ve got a darling package with breakfast for two!

This makes an amazing hostess gift, or it would be the perfect gift to bring if you are staying as someone’s house guest.

Homemade Holidays

Grain Free Chocolate Hazelnut Mug Cake

A mug cake made from almond flour and chocolate hazelnut spread.
Chocolate Hazelnut Mug Cake. Warm, chocolatey, and perfectly portioned for one. It's grain free. It's made with organic chocolate hazelnut spread. It's ready in two minutes. GO!

Have you ever had a craving for something chocolatey and warm?

I don’t keep a lot of sweets in the house, so when those cravings hit, there isn’t much to grab.

That’s why I love this mug cake.

With just a few ingredients, I can stir everything together in a mug, and after two minutes in the microwave, I have CAKE!

Chocolate Hazelnut Mug Cake. Warm, chocolatey, and perfectly portioned for one. It's grain free. It's made with organic chocolate hazelnut spread. It's ready in two minutes. GO!

Not just cake – but perfectly proportioned cake! A cake for one!

Here’s the best part of this cake: Nutiva came out with an organic chocolate hazelnut spread.

Not only is it organic, but it has 40% less sugar than Nutella.

Did you know Nutella has over 20 grams of sugar? The Nutiva only has 12 grams of sugar. And you don’t miss it. It’s rich and chocolately without all that added yuck.

Chocolate Hazelnut Mug Cake. Warm, chocolatey, and perfectly portioned for one. It's grain free. It's made with organic chocolate hazelnut spread. It's ready in two minutes. GO!

Instead of flour, I tried using almond meal in this cake. It turned out perfectly! If you are looking for a grain free dessert, try this mug cake.

Chocolate Hazelnut Mug Cake

Grain Free Chocolate Hazelnut Mug Cake

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons almond flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon aluminum free baking powder
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons chocolate hazelnut spread
  • 1 tablespoon melted coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon almond milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla

Instructions

  1. In a large microwave safe mug, whisk together the almond flour and baking powder.
  2. Add egg, chocolate hazelnut spread, coconut oil, maple syrup, almond milk, and vanilla. Stir until well combined.
  3. Microwave on high for 2 to 2 1/2 minutes. Allow to cool before eating.
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Chocolate Hazelnut Mug Cake. Warm, chocolatey, and perfectly portioned for one. It's grain free. It's made with organic chocolate hazelnut spread. It's ready in two minutes. GO!

Mmmmmmm. Mug Cake.

Healthy Roasted Cabbage Recipe

Healthy Roasted Cabbage Recipe
A healthy roasted cabbage recipe. It's a simple recipe perfect for Paleo, Whole 30 or Vegetarian diets.

Here’s a fun fact about me: I love cabbage. Love, love, love.

It definitely makes the top 10 list of ALL foods for me. And that is a list that also includes brownies.

Roasted cabbage happens to be one of my favorite ways to make it.

Luckily, it is also one of the most simple.

Here’s the trick to my roasted cabbage: I sprinkle it with finely chopped radishes.

Everyone thinks the cabbage is topped with bacon. Because after roasting, it looks like bacon bits.

A healthy roasted cabbage recipe. It's a simple recipe perfect for Paleo, Whole 30 or Vegetarian diets.

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Of course, you could top the cabbage with chopped bacon if you want, but here’s why I don’t.

First (and best) reason: I don’t buy pork.

No great reason I don’t buy pork other than if I could have a pet teacup pig, I would. I’d rather be friends with a pig than eat one. (Conversely, I have no problems eating chicken and I want to own those too. It makes no sense, I know. This is where you might feel a little bit sorry for my husband who for 25 years has tried to figure out why I do what I do.)

Second reason to use radishes: It’s another veggie serving I can get my family to willingly eat. I try to serve as many fruits and vegetables throughout the day.

Radishes have a peppery flavor that is just plain good with the cabbage. It lends it that little something-something extra to the wedges. Not to mention, pretty, right? Maybe perfect for a holiday meal?

HEALTHY ROASTED CABBAGE RECIPE

Healthy Roasted Cabbage Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 head cabbage, sliced 1 inch thick
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped radishes
  • olive oil
  • salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425.
  2. Lay cabbage slices on a large, rimmed baking sheet. Use a basting brush and brush olive oil on cabbage slices. Top with chopped radishes and salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Roast for 20-25 minutes or to desired doneness.
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Your hands on time in making this dish is maybe 10 minutes before you can just tuck it in the oven and let it do it’s thing. In my world, that makes it a perfect, easy weeknight side dish.

Cabbage is one of the healthiest foods, providing vitamin A, vitamin C, and vitamin K. Plus it has very few calories. It’s a food everyone should be eating more of, so I hope you’ll try this recipe with your family.

How to Cook Chickpeas in the Slow Cooker

How to Cook Chickpeas in the Slow Cooker

How to Cook Chickpeas in the Slow Cooker. You don't need to soak them beforehand!

Before we get to the recipe, I’m just wondering: Do you call them chickpeas or garbanzo beans?

Personally, I love the name garbanzo beans. Garbanzo is just one of those fun words to say. Like Bazinga. Or Gizmo.

But today I’m calling them chickpeas because when I went to buy a bag at the grocery store, that was what the bag said.

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Canned beans are pretty inexpensive. So why would you go through the trouble of cooking dried chickpeas?

Because when you cook chickpeas in the slow cooker, you don’t have to soak them beforehand!

BAZINGA!

This makes them incredibly easy to make, and since you are using your slow cooker, it is practically no work at all.

Plus, you can freeze your cooked chickpeas. In fact, chickpeas can be frozen for up to a year. Yes, I said a year!

It’s so easy to cook chickpeas in the slow cooker, I’m almost embarrassed to call this a recipe.

How to Cook Chickpeas in the Slow Cooker:

1 16-ounce bag dried chickpeas
1/2 teaspoon baking soda

Put the chickpeas in a slow cooker and cover with water by 2 inches. Add baking soda. Cover and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours.

SEE??? I told you it was hardly a recipe.

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Chickpeas are great additions to salads and soups, but Chili Flavored Crispy Roasted Chickpeas are my favorite way to eat them. They are like a healthier Doritos.

OR if you prefer sweet to salty, use your cooked chickpeas to make Dark Chocolate Chickpea Cookie Dough. It satisfies your sweet tooth with the added bonus of fiber to fill you up.

Dark Chocolate Chickpea Cookie Dough Recipe

Enjoy this dark chocolate chickpea cookie dough recipe with fruit, pretzels, or by the spoonful.

Enjoy this dark chocolate chickpea cookie dough recipe with fruit, or pretzels, or by the spoonful. Satisfy your sweet tooth in a healthier way.

Are you someone who enjoys eating raw cookie dough?

ME TOO!!!

When I bake cookies, I usually get about a dozen less than the recipe says it makes because of all the spoonfuls of the dough I sample.

Enjoy this dark chocolate chickpea cookie dough recipe with fruit, or pretzels, or by the spoonful. Satisfy your sweet tooth in a healthier way.

When the urge for something sweet kicks in, this sweet treat can be whipped up in a matter of minutes.

All the ingredients get dumped into a food processor. Then, you simply blend the ingredients together until you have a smooth consistency.

I keep the ingredients for this recipe stocked in my pantry at all times. It has just the right amount of sweet to satisfy my sweet tooth. Pairing it with some apple slices always leaves me feeling like I’ve had an indulgent treat when really I’ve had a healthy dose of fiber and natural sweeteners.

In the middle of the afternoon, when you just need that sweet something, this is so tasty.

If you haven’t used tahini before, it is made from ground sesame seeds. I know a lot of schools have gone nut-free, so using tahini means this can be tucked into a lunch or snack box.

Tahini tends to be a bit bitter – it isn’t inherently sweet like a nut butter. So if you substitute almond or peanut butter in this recipe, you’ll have an even sweeter dip.

Dark Chocolate Chickpea Cookie Dough Recipe

Dark Chocolate Chickpea Cookie Dough Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 15 ounce can chickpeas, drained
  • 1/4 cup tahini (may substitute almond or peanut butter)
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup cacoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1. Add all ingredients to the workbowl of a food processor and blend until smooth.
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I do want to throw this out there: just because this recipe is made from real, whole foods, and it is sweetened with a natural sweetener, this is not a low calorie food. I try to make sure I serve this with a fruit such as apples, bananas or strawberries. Or, I limit myself to just one big, sweet and satifying spoonful.

How to Make Ropa Vieja in the Slow Cooker

How to Make Ropa Vieja in the Slow Cooker
How to Make Ropa Vieja in the Slow Cooker. A healthy real life, real food recipe. Paleo, Whole 30 and 21DSD compliant too!

Do you get tired of fussy slow cooker recipes? You know the ones. First you saute, then you brown, then you slow cook?

Sometimes those recipes don’t feel like short cut recipes. Not to mention, you have extra dishes you then have to clean.

When you make Ropa Vieja in the slow cooker, it really is as easy as dumping in the ingredients and setting the slow cooker on low. Then, it cooks all day. A full 8 hours all day. It’s the kind of recipe you can set and forget.

How to Make Ropa Vieja in the Slow Cooker. A healthy real life, real food recipe. Paleo, Whole 30 and 21DSD compliant too!

If you’ve never had Ropa Vieja before, it is a Cuban recipe where a cut of beef is stewed in a tangy tomato sauce then topped with salty green olives.

This is not a time to skimp on the olives. Head to the olive bar and get good quality ones. You don’t need much, and a good quality olive will make this recipe.

Due to the long cooking time, the flank steak used in this recipe becomes unbelievably tender and is easily shredded with two forks.

You’ll find this recipe is perfect if you follow a paleo, whole 30 or sugar detox diet.

How to Make Ropa Vieja in the Slow Cooker

Ingredients

  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1 15 ounce can organic diced tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon organic tomato paste
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 1 small green pepper, diced
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon organic pure cane sugar (optional)
  • sea salt and ground pepper
  • 3 pound flank steak
  • 1/2 cup pitted and sliced green olives
  • 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

Instructions

  1. In the bottom of the slow cooker, combine the broth, tomatoes, tomato paste, onion, green pepper, garlic, cumin, oregano, and sugar. Stir to create a sauce.
  2. Lay flank steak on top of the sauce. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  3. Cover and cook on low for 8 hours.
  4. Remove steak from slow cooker. Add apple cider vinegar and olives to the sauce and stir.
  5. Shred steak with two forks. Return to the slow cooker and toss with the sauce before serving.
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Have you tried Ropa Vieja before?