Most kids benefit from eating at least five times a day. That’s a minimum of two snacks! If you’re always wondering what to serve your kids for snack that is healthy and fun, you’re in the right place.
Snack time is primetime for highlighting fruits and veggies in a fun-to-eat way. Because your child is likely hungry, it is also an opportunity to fill nutrient gaps and try introducing small amounts of new foods.
If you’re really focusing on nutrition, the goal for a filling and nutritious snack is to include protein, fiber, and fat. This trio keeps kids (and their caretakers) fuller for longer.
This list is broken down by flavors and textures to make it easier for pleasing your child if they have sensory preferences.
Genius Snack Ideas for Kids with Sensory Processing Disorder
Ants on a log (celery spread with nut butter and studded with raisins)
Nut butter topped rice cake with sliced fruit (berries, banana, apple); try adding chia seeds or dried coconut if your little is up for it
Loaded nachos with your choice of toppings: beans, cheese, salsa
Mixed veggie sticks with dips (hummus, ranch dressing, yogurt)
Quick guacamole (roughly mash ⅓ avocado with lime juice, a few pinches of salt, and hot sauce) with favorite dippers - baby carrots, bell peppers, jicama, veggie chips are my go to
Popcorn with a kick: pop on the stove with a slick of olive oil over medium heat. Serve dusted with chili powder
Homemade edamame with salt, chili powder, red pepper flakes or these wasabi-coated packages for on the go
Chips and salsa or loaded nachos
Fruit kebabs, you alternate with meat and cheese
Fruit smoothie made with unsweetened yogurt
Banana “ice cream” - blend ½ frozen banana, 1 tbs nut butter, ½ tsp cinnamon until creamy
Yogurt stirred with 1 tsp cinnamon (1 tbs nut butter and/or 1 tsp honey optional) and served with pancake strip dippers
Turkey and cheese roll up with a dab up hummus and a piece of crunchy lettuce
Cheese quesadilla triangles with salsa
Medjool dates pitted, sliced, and stuffed with spreadable cheese (ricotta and goat cheese work well here)
More Sensory Snacks for Kids with Autism
For even more snacks and sensory categories for kids with autism, SPD, and texture preferences check out my Sensory Snack Guides.
The Sensory Snack Guide for picky eaters have kid-approved snacks for kids’ most common sensory food preferences:
high sensory snacks (big texture or flavor for sensory seekers)
There you go! A variety of easy, healthy, and kid-approved snack options organized for kids with sensory processing disorder or specific texture and taste preferences.