If you need snacks for kids, Costco is a great place to stock up on quality and even healthy snacks. These snack ideas for back to school in lunchboxes, afterschool, family road trips and just for busy days! Stock up your pantry, these are the deals on snacks for kids you want to look for at Costco.
11 Best Snacks To Buy At Costco For Kids (Healthy Options!)
I’ve been a Costco shopper for a while now and the options just keep getting better and better in my opinion. Costco is on top of its game, which means you can score some pretty amazing deals on snacks to stock your pantry.
Plus don’t we all need something to toss at the kids when they’ve said “Mom I’m hungry” for the twentieth time that day? Save yourself now, and pick up these filling and delicious snacks my family loves and yours will too!
Trying to find ideas for your kid’s lunchboxes? Try these healthy lunchbox ideas!
Tips For Shopping At Costco For Snacks
Sample when you can– Costco knows sometimes it’s hard to make the jump on a new item in bulk. I use those samples to my advantage to try new products… and my kid can play spot the snack counter while I shop like Where’s Waldo.
Encourage picky eaters to try new foods– Sometimes my kid will try a bite os something in a Costco paper cup she won’t try anywhere else. Go fig. Maybe I should feed her in cupcake liners at every meal! But even small bites matter with picky eaters.
Buy produce for easy snacks, but watch how much– I love to buy produce at Costco, but it’s easy to overload my cart for our small family.
Take a second to stop and think if you will actually make it through that case of mangos before you buy. But also consider- can I freeze it? Can I use it for meal prep in some way? It’s not really a good deal if it goes bad before you can eat it- but there are some produce for snacks that IS a good deal.
Try smaller versions of Costco finds first- I love a good deal as much as the next person but sometimes a full case even of the shelf-stable deals is just too much on a new find.
I’ve linked the shelf-stable products to Amazon to so you can read more about them. Sometimes the first time I try a product, I like to try a smaller version of it first from Amazon or the “regular” grocery store.
We also like using Amazon Prime at our house and it’s at my door in a day or two. Besides, sometimes you want to try something faster than when your next Costco run is right?
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11 Snacks To Buy At Costco For Kids- Including Healthy Food At Costco To Find!
1. Nature’s Bakery Fig Bars
You guys, we’ve been buying these Nature’s Bakery Fig Bars for about seven years now. Every time a case runs out, we literally buy another one.
These fig bars are great to throw in your purse for the kids. They are also not a super crumbly snack and are filling. When my daughter was a toddler I’d give her one of the two small bars in the packs at a time, which was often the perfect size.
Now she eats two both, and it’s a good snack.
They do have some added cane sugar (and the dried fruit has natural sugar) but overall I like the clean ingredient list and is non-gmo.
The Costco case currently includes plain fig, raspberry and apple and cinnamon flavors (or sometimes blueberry). Our family fights over the raspberry bars but love them all including the other flavors.
We didn’t like the brownie version of these bars offered at the regular grocery store in smaller boxes despite loving chocolate. We stick to the fig flavors. They even have a gluten-free version of these bars!
2. R.W. Garcia Sweet Potato Crackers
If a tortilla chip and a cracker had a baby, it would be these deliciously crunchy sweet potato crackers. Serve these up with sliced cheese, add a dip like hummus, guacamole, salsa or my carrot dip. Or eat them all by themselves!
I’ve also seen a green version made of lentils and turmeric at my Costco, but I have not yet tried them. Has anyone else tried them?
The beet version is also pretty tasty and kid-approved. I always play up the “hey red crackers, fun!” angle.
All of them are now certified organic, gluten-free, non-GMO and have a clean ingredient list by my book. But also don’t forget TASTY is the most important part!
3. Baby Bell Cheese
These little refrigerated cheeses come individually wrapped in wax and are an easy way to add a little protein to your kid’s snack.
My kid likes to unpeel the little wax wrapper. I don’t blame her, it’s oddly satisfying.
I usually peel the plastic off before I give it to her in a lunchbox but leave the wax in case she doesn’t eat it that day. It keeps it fresh to use again usually if you had an icepack in the lunchbox.
Throw in some crackers and fruit, and you even have an easy light lunch.
4. Skinny Pop Popcorn
I used to only make my own popcorn but then I realized we were never eating popcorn! Popcorn can be a healthy and filling snack when it’s not covered in movie-theater imitation butter.
We usually grab Skinny Pop Popcorn! It has clean ingredients, is non-GMO and naturally gluten-free.
Please mindfull with small children and popcorn, as it can be a choking hazard. I always make sure my kid sits for popcorn snack time- but it is also a great healthy snack.
5. Snack Factory Pretzel Crisps
These flat Snack Factory Pretzels Crips are pretty darn delicious and have a great amount of crunch too them. This is another great option to offer alongside cheese, fruit, and veggies to round out a snack or even lunch.
These Snack Factory Pretzel Crips are also (I think recently!) non-gmo certified, often at Costco are the organic version and have a list of ingredients I can understand… and of course tasty!
We also really love the sesame pretzels, but can’t buy that flavor at Costco. The chocolate-covered pretzels are also wicked good, and I’ve spotted it at Costco sometimes!
6. Pirate’s Booty
I’ve seen Pirate’s Booty in both individual bags and all in one big bag. No matter how you serve it up, my kid loves Pirate’s Booty as a snack.
Pirate’s Booty feels similar to cheesy popcorn but is actually a blend of puffed rice and corn. This is a great substitute for chips, and I like that the ingredient list is overall simple a straightforward for a crunchy snack.
7. Wholly Guacamole Cups
My child has a weird relationship with guacamole, sometimes she loves it and sometimes she runs. I like buying the guacamole cups at Costco.
Not only are they single serving so they stay green and full of good healthy fats, they also can be thrown in the freezer if you aren’t going to make it through the whole pack and defrost beautifully.
I think at one point there were other guac cups from Good Foods, but they seem to come and go. The good foods guac was also delicious. All of these go great with the flat pretzels and sweet potato chips!
8. Hummus Cups
Hummus is another snack my own daughter goes through phases of loving and not loving, but many kids love hummus! (my husband and I do too!) Both the Sabra and the Kirkland hummus cups are delicious and super convenient for grab and go snacks.
Also check out this list of ideas of what to eat with hummus for a few ideas to mix things up!
9. Applesauce Pouches
I keep applesauce pouches on hand for busy days (Kind of a mom thing right?) Watch expiration dates carefully and I try to double-check the pouches haven’t accidentally been punctured before I put them away or give them to my kid.
Kirkland brand organic applesauce pouches and Gogo Squeeze organics are both pretty similar at our house, both are liked. I stick to plain versions of applesauce most of the time if I have a choice at Costco. I like when they have that non-gmo and certified organic label too!
10. Made Good Granola Minis
These little Made Good mini granola packs have such a great ingredient list and taste delicious! They taste great over yogurt or all by themselves.
The chocolate chip always seems to go faster than the berry, but both are well-loved snacks!
Also these are Non-GMO certified, organic, gluten-free and a nice understandable ingredient list. Score for the home team.
11. Stoneyfield Yogurt Pouches
Most of the time we buy yogurt in smaller quantities, but every now and then our family gets on a yogurt kick and we go through it like crazy. When that happens, I often reach for Stoneyfield Yogurt and these pouches are super convenient for on the go.
Love that the yogurt is a cleaner product. Organic, no growth hormones, non-gmo, and is just the quality I prefer to give to my kid when I can. Dairy is especially one I like to buy cleaner when I can.
When we can’t get those, Chobani is our next best favorite.
Noosa is pretty delish and I’ve seen it at Costco lately. I find it to be more of a dessert then a snack and the cases are usually too big for our family.
But What About Fruits And Vegetables Snacks for Healthy Food At Costco?
Fruits and Veggies can be a great buy at Costco but you do have to watch the sizing. As a small family sometimes we are swimming in too much produce. (I’m looking at your GIANT bag of broccoli I only buy when we have guests coming! I can only eat so much!)
Here is a list of ideas of fruits and veggies I often grab at Costco for snacks and lunches. The items on this list are usually a good buy for us in the snack department.
Always check over your produce carefully to make sure it’s fresh and without bruises.
Check the price at your local store before you buy, not everything is a good deal every week.
- Raspberries- Our all-time favorite buy in the produce department!
- Cherry Tomatoes
- Pineapple- Prices vary widely for this one!
- Apple Slices- I usually buy whole apples, but these are great for convenience.
- Sugar Snap Peas- Check these carefully, sometimes they are great sometimes not
- Baby Cucumbers- Check these carefully- sometimes they are great, sometimes not
- English Cucumbers
- Bell Peppers or Mini Bell Peppers
I also find the veggie and fruit trays can be a great snack option when you are feeding a crowd. The premade trays are usually a pretty good bang for your buck, especially if you are crunched for time.
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