Want to offer your kids more healthy snack options that are easy to grab and go and will support their development, learning, play, immune and sleep?
All of these snacks are based on a traditional way of eating, so they are either pastured, raw, cultured/fermented, and/or have healthy fats and proteins in them to bring in lots of great nutrients that will aid in keeping your child(ren) healthy and ready for another day. Many of these snacks can easily be made at home, bought in stores or online.
Please always consider the highest quality organic or pastured (no herbicides, pesticides, growth hormones or GMOs) foods for your family as an investment in your health. Reference our Traditional Foods on a Budget post to find out plenty of ways to make eating high quality whole foods easier on your pocketbook.
Stay tuned for upcoming posts with more snack ideas and simple recipes.
Next post = Kid Friendly Nourishing Beverages & Sweet Snacks... yum!
Want more ideas? Got Questions? Let me know!
SAVORY SNACK IDEAS
beef jerky / beef sticks
salmon jerky, cured lox, or smoked salmon chunks
shrimp bites / niboshi (tiny dried sardines or anchovies)
hot dog bites
mini meatballs (beef, pork, lamb, turkey, chicken or mixed) with organ meats and veggies
chicken / turkey tenders with nut crust
liver pate on cucumber slices and other charcuterie
crispy chicken skins or pork rinds
bacon chips, salami chips, and prosciutto chips
roasted or cured sliced meats (roast beef, turkey, chicken, salami, etc.)
meat and cream cheese 'rolls'
soft, hard or deviled pastured eggs
frittata bites or mini egg/cheese/meat muffins
parmesan chips "frico" (recipe below)
homemade savory crackers made with herbs, nuts, seeds, and cheeses
sprouted nuts and seeds / trail mix
veggie crudite (cut carrots, radish, snap peas, celery, etc.) with nut/seed butters, dips
lacto-fermented dill pickle ‘sticks/chips’
olives (fresh or dried)
seaweed nori sheets /seaweed roll-ups
dried veggies chips (plantain, kale, brussel sprout, sweet potato, beet, mushroom)
teff injera bread 'chips'
popcorn with butter or coconut oil
pao de quejio (Brazilian cheese bread)
kabalagala (plantain fritters)
Links for sourcing:
First check your local farmer's market. Many vendors make the markets diverse in ingredients and are conveniently in your neighborhood. For example...
HERE is the Berkeley Farmer's Market Vendor Directory.
HERE you can find the closest Farmer's Market in your neck of the woods.
Vital Choice = seafood
US Wellness Meats = beef sticks, pork rinds
Grass-fed Beef Crisps / Jerky Chews / Caveman Fuel = jerky
Epic Bars = pemmican style snack bars
BackyardCSA = weekly traditional foods grocery with a variety to choose from
The Local Butcher Shop (Berkeley) = jerky, meat sticks and lots of charcuterie
Tara Firma Farms = (SF Bay Area) sliced deli meats
Thistle Meats = (Petaluma) sliced deli meats, pate
Sonoma County Meat Co. = (Santa Rosa) meat
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Savory Parmesan Chips (Frico)
1 cup parmesan cheese, grated
1 teaspoon sea salt
2 Tablespoons of fresh herbs (optional)
2 Tablespoons sesame seeds (optional)
Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
(optional) Toast sesame seeds in small skillet over medium heat, tossing continually until lightly browned.
Toss all ingredients in a small bowl. Make small clumps (approximately 1-2" in diameter) on a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake for approximately 8-12 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from heat and allow to cool completely. They will be crisp once cooled.
Enjoy as crackers or chips.
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Thanks to Nom Nom Paleo for a super fabulous kid friendly snack foods image! We heart you!