Healthy Snacks for Busy Parents

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As a parent, you know you need to always have a snack on hand for your kid, whether it's at home or out and about. One glimpse of the child-size version of hangries is enough to learn that lesson pretty quickly. And for the record, adult-sized hangries isn't too pretty either.

Don't make the mistake of taking care of everyone else and leaving yourself for last. When your stomach starts to growl, making a beeline for the vending machine or drive-thru isn't the best option. Be prepared with a healthy snack that's easy, quick and most importantly, tastes good.

Here are 11 delicious snack ideas that parents will love and more importantly, so will the kids.

Frozen Grapes
Simply place grapes in the freezer for a couple of hours for a cold treat.

Three-Ingredient Cookie Bites
Bite sized cookie treats that are much better for you and will be ready in less than 10 minutes. Get the recipe now.

Hard Boiled Eggs
Hard boil a dozen eggs on Sunday to have a quick, portable, protein-packed snack all week long.

Ham and Cheese Roll Ups 
Roll up a small piece of cheese in a slice of ham and stick it together with a toothpick.

Vegan Cookie Dough Oatmeal Breakfast Bars
Who says oatmeal is only for breakfast? Enjoy these delicious breakfast bars any time of day.

Baby Carrots, Cucumbers and Red Peppers With Hummus
Bite sized and full of healthy nutrients.

Fresh Fruit
Keep fresh fruit washed and cut in the fridge for on-the-go snacking. Add some Greek yogurt or cottage cheese for protein-packed staying power.

Rice Cakes With Peanut Butter and Strawberries
Rice cakes on their own can be pretty boring. Elevate this snack by spreading peanut butter on top and adding strawberries (or your favorite fruit) on top.

Air Popped Popcorn
Popcorn is full of fiber to hold off the hangries until dinner.

Trail Mix
Mix up your favorite combo of nuts, seeds and dried fruit for a tasty snack.

Smoothies
Smoothies are a great way to fit in lots of nutrients in a single glass. Whip up this Best-Ever Green Smoothie for an added dose of veggies to your day. And who knows, maybe it will even encourage your kids to get on the greens wagon.

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