Kids are snacking more than ever. So it’s up to you as a parent to make sure your kids are getting nutritious mini-meals that keep hunger at bay and energy levels up, all throughout homework and after-school activities. Put a healthier spin on snack time with these convenient, kid-friendly grabs.

Yogurt

Greek yogurt is a great source of protein as well as calcium, which kids need to build strong bones. Choose low-fat dairy products to keep the amount of saturated fat in your child’s diet low and reduce their risk for common chronic diseases. “MyPlate (choosemyplate.gov) is a good representation of which foods and how much to eat—that includes three servings of low-fat or non-fat dairy each day,” says Jill Castle, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.N., childhood nutrition and feeding expert.

Editor’s Pick: Kids love the taste of Chobani Kids Greek Yogurt Pouches, and you’ll love these easy-to-open packs made with real fruit and 25 percent less sugar than other kids’ yogurt brands.

post-horizon-grahamsCrackers

Instead of sugar-laden cookies, satisfy your little one’s sweet tooth at snack time with whole-grain graham crackers fortified with essential minerals. Buy products with the words “whole” or “whole grain” before the first grain ingredient on the label—they’re the most nutritious option.

Editor’s Pick: Horizon Honey Snack Grahams deliver 8 grams of whole grains per serving and are a good source of calcium.

post-blue-diamond-almondsNuts

Almonds are one of the most nutrient-rich tree nuts around. Pre-portioned almond snack bags make it easy to dish out a serving of healthy fat, protein, fiber and the powerful antioxidant vitamin E—which helps little immune systems fight off harmful bacteria and viruses they encounter.

Editor’s Pick: Blue Diamond Whole Natural Almonds Packs provide 4 grams of protein in each 100-calorie, “grab-and-go” bag.

post-kind-minisBars

Bars are one of the most convenient snacks around. The most nutritious bars are those made with whole foods like fruits, nuts, whole grains—and very little else.

Editor’s Pick: Kind Healthy Grains Granola Bars are loaded with up to five super grains like amaranth and millet in each bar, plus other good-for-you ingredients to satisfy your youngsters till mealtime.

post-fruit-stripFruit

Half of what goes on your child’s plate every day should be from the fruit and vegetables food groups—that goes for snack time as well.

Editor’s Pick: Stretch Island Fruit Co. All-Natural Fruit Strips offer a 1/4 cup of fruit in each strip. Available in a variety of flavors to suit all taste buds, the strips are sweetened with natural fruit purees, instead of refined sugar.