No More Goldfish! 7 Snappy Snack Solutions Your Kids Will Love

No More Goldfish! 7 snappy snack solutions your kids will love!  Are your kids getting tired of the same old snacks  7 awesome (and super easy) ideas for breaking out of the snacktime rut.  Love these!

Between trying to provide well-balanced lunches and satisfying mid-afternoon tummy grumblings, coming up with easy, tasty, and (relatively) healthy snack options can sometimes be a challenge.

A few weeks ago, when I discovered that my kids were so tired of goldfish that they wouldn’t even eat them anymore, I knew it was definitely time to break out of our snack time rut.  Naturally, like any tech-savvy modern mom, my first step was to start a Pinterest board dedicated to finding some new ideas that could put a little snap back into our snacks.

My next step, of course, was convincing my kids to try something new.  Since we have a rule that they have to try something three separate times before they are allowed to say they don’t like it, this actually  wasn’t too tough.  Amazingly enough, we came up with some great (and super easy) new ideas (or variations on old ones) that have made snack time a lot more fun

Here are our seven favorite new snack time solutions:

snappy snack solutions

Roll It Up

Spread a tortilla with peanut butter or cream cheese, then add anything from turkey or ham to raisins, bananas, olives, pickles, or even jelly, roll it up, and call it a snack.   These make a great alternative to a sandwich in school lunches, or slice the rolls for a quick & easy after-school snack.

 Microwavable steamed edamame--super easy kids snack!

Make It Edamame

Who knew these little green soybeans with the funny name could be such a hit with the kiddos?   Not only are they packed with protein and fun to eat, they are absolutely delicious.  We keep a stash of frozen individual-sized microwave steam packs on hand in the freezer for quick lunches or a hearty snack at home.  They are also great roasted & salted to pack along on the road.

Goodies.co snack box.  These are so cool!  Just $7 a month gets you a box of kid-friendly snacks shipped to your door.  Such a fun way to try new products!

Ship It

Did you know that for only $7 a month (including shipping!) you can receive a whole box full of new kid-friendly snacks to try?  Goodies.co was launched by Walmart last fall as a subscription service for receiving a taster’s box of new snack products, and I have to say, the concept is seriously BRILLIANT!  How great is it to be able to try a whole variety of snacks in one shot?

The service has been so popular that they are launching a KIDS version this August with a fun box full of kid-friendly snacks to try out.  Can I just say that my kids thought they had died and gone to heaven when our sneak-peek box arrived?  Even the box itself, which came ready-to-color, was a huge hit and they are already asking when their next package is going to come.  I can’t think of a better–or more fun–way to try out a selection of new snacks.  (Note: The sign-up deadline for receiving the August box is July 25th–you can get signed up here and use promo code LIVINGWELLSPENDINGLESS to bypass the waiting list.   Score!)

No more goldfish!  7 snappy snack solutions your kids will love.  Great ideas for busting out of your snacktime rut!

Freeze It

Maybe it is just that we live in Florida, but somehow frozen treats just taste better.  Make your own frozen yogurt or fruit pops by blending yogurt, fruit, or juice (or all three), then pour it into a paper cup, pop in a paper straw or popsicle stick, and freeze over night.   If that seems like too much effort, look for yummy frozen greek yogurt pops, or simply freeze some grapes and call it good.

No more goldfish!  7 snappy snack solutions your kids will love.  Great ideas for busting out of your snacktime rut!

Make It Hummus

Hummus is a simple but delicious dip made from pureed chickpeas mixed with a little tahini, garlic, and olive oil.  My kids can’t get enough of it!  It is super simple to whip up from scratch, but the store-bought stuff is pretty tasty too.  It has tons of healthy protein and tastes great served with pita chips or carrot & celery sticks.

No more goldfish!  7 snappy snack solutions your kids will love.  Great ideas for busting out of your snacktime rut!

Jazz It Up

If you have to keep on serving the same old stuff, why not at least market it better?  Snack-size bags filled with nuts, raisins, cereal, or other small stacks can be cinched in the middle with a clothespin to make an instant butterfly.  For another fun idea, try writing on a banana with a toothpick so that a message shows up a few hours later.  What kid wouldn’t love that?

No more goldfish!  7 snappy snack solutions your kids will love.  Great ideas for busting out of your snacktime rut!

Kebab It

It is a scientifically proven fact that fruit, cheese, or veggies on a stick just taste better.  Okay, maybe not scientifically proven, but pretty much a foregone conclusion in this house!  The happy reaction is definitely worth the very small amount of effort.

No more goldfish!  7 snappy snack solutions your kids will love.  Great ideas for busting out of your snacktime rut!

Transform It

If your kids are constantly begging for candy, cake, & other junk food, why not find a few healthy (or healthiER) recipes that can satisfy their sweet tooth without sabotaging your efforts to fill their bellies with nutritious meals.  Instead of a candy bar or brownies, try these amazing-looking no-bake chocolate oatmeal bars, or swap out grease-filled potato chips for some yummy oven baked fries.

No more goldfish!  7 snappy snack solutions your kids will love

This post was underwritten by Goodies.co.  All opinions are mine.  Goodies.co snack boxes are a fun & thrifty way to “try before you buy” a variety of great new snack products geared towards kids ages 5-8.  For just $7, get a whole box of goodies conveniently shipped straight to your door, then enjoy watching your kids’ anticipation build as they wait to find out what yummy snacks are in their box each month.

There is currently a waiting list for this service, but right now you can skip the line and sign up for your snack box here, using promo code LIVINGWELLSPENDINGLESS.  The last day to sign up in time to receive the August box is July 25th; sign-ups after that will receive your first box in September.   UPDATE:  The August box has sold out.

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What are your favorite snack time solutions? 

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  • Rachel July 19,

    Do you feel like you get enough product for $7?

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    • Ruth Soukup July 19,

      I honestly thought it was a great deal for only $7! It was probably around $12-$15 worth of snacks, including several gluten-free items, but the whole experience of getting the package in the mail and trying all the new things would have made it worth it regardless. My kids loved it!

      Reply
  • Kayla July 19,

    I’m trying to sign up for the snack box and it’s saying the promo code is invalid. I’m using the link provided and the code is already typed into the box. I’ve even deleted it and typed it in myself a few times and it’s still not working. I’m not sure if I’m doing something wrong? Thanks so much for this post today Ruth! I was just thinking about how my girls are getting so tired of grapes and graham crackers and really needed some new ideas!

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    • Kayla July 19,

      ***Never mind! :) I got it to work. I’m not sure what was happening, but I was able to order my box! Thanks so much for posting about it!

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      • Ruth Soukup July 22,

        You’re welcome Kayla! Glad you were able to figure it out! :-)

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  • w ostrom July 19,

    just signed up for kids box but will not receive the Aug. box , it will be the September box.

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    • Ruth Soukup July 22,

      Hi W., I checked with the Goodies.co people and apparently there were so many signups last week that they actually sold out of the August box! So sorry for the inconvenience; I hope you enjoy your September box! :-)

      Reply
  • Kat Michelle July 19,

    I signed up just now.. and it says that I will receive my first box in September.. But it’s only the 19th.
    Did anyone else get that message?

    Reply
    • Ruth Soukup July 22,

      Hi Kat, I checked with the Goodies.co people and apparently there were so many signups last week that they actually sold out of the August box! So sorry for the inconvenience; I have updated the post accordingly.

      Reply
  • Charlie Hendricks July 20,

    I signed up too and looks like September. Bummer. Can’t wait.

    Reply
    • Ruth Soukup July 22,

      Hi Charlie, I checked with the Goodies.co people and apparently there were so many signups last week that they actually sold out of the August box! I’m so sorry for the inconvenience.

      Reply
  • Kate July 21,

    Hey Ruth, before I enter my cc info, is this for one month or do they automatically charge you per month?
    THX!

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    • Ruth Soukup July 22,

      Hi Kate, I believe it is an auto-billing that you can cancel at any time. According to the FAQs you may cancel your next month’s box up to the last day of the month before.

      https://www.goodies.co/about#faqs

      Reply
  • Cara July 23,

    This is great! My daughter is a type 1 diabetic and when I find something she can have for a snack, I tend to just stick to that one thing. I know she gets tired of the same snack over and over. Thanks for the inspiration!

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    • Laura July 24,

      My daughter is also a type 1 diabetic and like you I often stick with crackers because her snacks can only be 15 carbs. It’s hard to find things that are somewhat filling with less than 15 carbs. I think a lot of these ideas will work for her! Thanks so much for the great ideas!

      Reply
  • Megan October 9,

    Hi I just tried to use the promo code and it told me it was not valid. I dont know if it was only valid when this post was written of if i didnt do something right :( great post! Thank you

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    • Ruth Soukup October 11,

      Hi Megan, I think that coupon code was only valid for the August & September boxes. Sorry about that!

      Reply
  • Sarah October 23,

    Hi! I tried to sign up for the box but it said I needed to be invited? Great snack ideas! Love your blog!!

    Reply

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