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Fuel Up with Protein-Packed Snacks for Kids

Updated September 12, 2014.

Since children get a good chunk of their calories and nutrition from between-meal noshing, supply them with healthy protein snacks. Protein is important for kids' growth and it's also filling, so its calories are doing double duty. One word of warning: Watch out for fat and salt content. Both are fine for most kids, in small amounts.

Try some of these healthy protein snack choices:
  • low-fat cheese (sticks, cubes, slices, rounds; cottage cheese)

  • sliced turkey, ham, or roast beef
  • turkey sausage, meatballs, or hot dogs
  • jerky, salami, or pepperoni (turkey versions may be lower in fat, but higher in salt)
  • hard-boiled eggs
  • nuts
  • seeds (pumpkin, sunflower)
  • peanut butter and other nut butters
  • cream cheese
  • hummus or other bean dips
  • yogurt (Greek varieties have more protein)
  • tofu
  • edamame (whole soybeans)
  • cottage cheese
  • roasted chickpeas
  • crackers or chips fortified with protein

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