30 of the Best Easy Snack Hacks with 5 Ingredients or Less

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Snack hacks are a lifesaver for busy moms and dads. Whether it’s to pack in a lunch box, give them after school in between all of their sports and activities, or even for munching while relaxing and watching movies or hanging out at the pool, kids always want snacks. So you need fast, simple things you can throw together in a flash. Or something that can be made ahead so you can grab them when you need them. It’s even better when you can make healthy snacks too. So you’ll be ready when the kids come asking for something to eat with 30 of the Best Easy Snack Hacks with 5 Ingredients or Less.


What is a snack hack?

Snack hacks are quick and easy recipes that you can make quickly when the kids start begging for something to eat. Or they are a snack recipe you can make in advance and can keep on hand to grab when you need them. They typically have only a few ingredients and are fast to prepare. In fact, all of the recipes in this collection have five ingredients or fewer. And practically all of them don’t even require you to turn on the stove or oven. It’s practically like you don’t even need a recipe.

As an added bonus, many of these snack hacks are healthy to provide extra benefits like protein, fiber, vitamins, and even superfood between meals. A lot of them are gluten free or vegan, or can easily be modified. And there are plenty of options if you need nut-free and peanut-free snacks for kids with allergies or schools with no nut or peanut policies.

What are the best snack hacks?

Think outside the box of crackers or bag of chips with 30 of the Best Easy Snack Hacks with 5 Ingredients or Less.

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Brianne is a Chemical-Engineer-turned-stay-at-home-mom and is now the recipe developer, photographer, writer, and publisher behind the blog Cupcakes & Kale Chips. When she is not chasing around two crazy-fun boys, she is in the kitchen whipping up everything from healthy, everyday snacks, sides, and meals to rich, indulgent treats, because it’s all about balance, you know, like ice cream & cauliflower, cookies & quinoa… Cupcakes & Kale Chips! Keep up with her favorite foodie finds on Pinterest!