Yummy Snacks Vocabulary (Free Spanish Lessons for Kids)
Inspire your student not only to eat healthy but also to practice their second language by talking about snacks in Spanish!
In this detailed guide, we provide yummy snack vocabulary, free flashcards, a fun matching activity, and healthy snack recipes. Let’s dive into the delicious world of Spanish snacks!
What are Snacks?
Snacks are those smaller foods that we love to eat in between meals. Snacks can be almost any food! From fruit and chips to meat and candy, there are hundreds of snacks to choose from. Snacks can be eaten at almost any time of day, one of the most popular times being around 3:00 PM.
Why do Kids Love Snacks?
Many children graze throughout the day and enjoy a never-ending snack time! Kids love to eat snacks because they help combat hunger and keep them focused. Children also often associate snacks with unhealthy treats. However, that doesn’t have to be the case! There are plenty of delicious and healthy snacks that kids love.
Snacks are also incredibly important for little ones with smaller stomachs. Smaller stomachs mean smaller meals, so snacking can help keep them full and energized! Snacks also help ensure that your child is getting enough nutrition—sneak in some vitamins or protein through a quick snack.
Snacks Can Help Your Student Learn Spanish!
You already know that there are nutritional benefits of snacks, but did you know they can actually help your child pick up the Spanish language?
Children love snacks! They get super excited about these little meals throughout the day and love reminding you of their favorite foods. Channel that passion into Spanish by using Spanish snack vocabulary, activities, and recipes. Your child will instantly pick up their new favorite Spanish snack words and phrases—and maybe even a new snack!
How to Talk About Snacks in Spanish
This vocabulary list allows your child to discuss different snacks in Spanish and discover new slang words. Download these free flashcards so they can learn to say their favorite snacks in Spanish!
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Give your child or student a rich vocabulary with these verbs and nouns about snacks in Spanish. For even more yummy vocabulary goodness, check out our Spanish Food and Cooking Words Guide to talk about breakfast, lunch, and dinner in Spanish!
- La merienda, el tentempié, el bocadillo — Snack
- La comida para aperitivos — Snack food
- La comida — Food
- La hora de la merienda — Snack time
- Merendar, picar — To snack
- Comer — To eat
- Beber — To drink
- Los dulces — Sweets/candy
- Postre — Dessert
- El sándwich / el bocadillo — Sandwich
Types of Snacks
- Las meriendas saladas — Salty snacks
- Las meriendas saludables — Healthy snacks
- Las meriendas dulces — Sweet snacks
- Las gomitas, las golominas — Candy snacks
- Los bocadillos de fruta — Fruit snacks
Las frutas — Fruits
- La manzana — Apple
- El plátano — Banana
- La uva — Grape
- La naranja — Orange
- El melocotón — Peach
- La pera — Pear
- La piña — Pineapple
- La ciruela — Plum
- La frambuesa — Raspberry
- La fresa — Strawberry
- La sandía — Watermelon
Los vegetales — Vegetables
- El brécol, el brócoli — Brocoli
- La zanahoria — Carrot
- El pepino — Cucumber
- La lechuga — Lettuce
- El guisante — Pea
- El pimiento — Pepper
- La patata, la papa — Potato
- La espinaca — Spinach
- El tomate — Tomato
Las carnes — Meats
- El beicon, el tocino — Bacon
- La carne de vaca — Beef
- El pollo — Chicken
- El pato — Duck
- El jamón — Ham
- El chorizo, la salchicha —- Sausage
- El pavo — Turkey
Las bebidas — Drinks
- El café — Coffee
- El zumo, el jugo — Juice
- La leche — Milk
- El refresco, la gaseosa — Soda
- El té — Tea
- El agua — Water
Snack Matching Activity
Now that your student is a snack expert, download or print this fun matching sheet for active memory recall! This worksheet reinforces the snack vocabulary they just learned and gets them excited to practice!
Teach your student how to say do you have snacks in Spanish and other useful phrases, so that they are never left hungry!
Do you have snacks?
¿Cuál es su merienda favorita?
What is your favorite snack?
Me gustaría una merienda por favor.
I would like a snack, please.
Healthy Snacks in Spanish
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It can be hard to keep kids away from candy and chips. That’s why we created this yummy list of healthy alternatives! Give your little one some of these delicious, but secretly nutritious, snacks so they stop reaching for the candy bar! Each of these snacks is filled with protein, fiber, or vitamins so that your young one can get more nutrition out of every bite.
Sándwich de jamón y queso — Ham and cheese sandwich
Create a healthy sandwich with two slices of whole wheat bread, a slice of turkey ham, and a slice of cheese. Add half a cup of seasonal fruit for additional nutrition!
Palitos de vegetales con dip — Vegetable Sticks with Dip
Include celery, carrot, broccoli, or cucumber sticks in your child’s lunch box with cream cheese or hummus dip. You can also switch up this snack by adding a corn or flour tortilla filled with 2 tablespoons of yummy mozzarella or fresh cheese.
Yogurt con granola — Yogurt with Granola
Combine ½ cup plain yogurt, 2 tablespoons granola, and ½ teaspoon honey for a delicious but healthy sweet treat. Add some strawberries or other fruit for a fresh taste!
Sándwich con ensalada de pollo — Chicken Salad Sandwich
Fill a whole wheat roll with homemade chicken salad. Check out this recipe to learn how to make a healthy chicken salad.
Nachos con frijoles — Nachos with beans
Combine a portion of nachos with ¼ cup of strained beans and hard cheese. Toast everything in the oven until the cheese is melted and then serve!
Avena de chocolate y plátano — Chocolate Banana Oatmeal
In a bowl place 1 small ripe banana and mash it with a fork. Add ¼ cup instant oatmeal, ½ cup milk and 1 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder. Let stand overnight refrigerated and the next day heat in the microwave before eating.
Sándwich con huevo — Egg Sandwich
Make an egg sandwich with a whole wheat bagel, a slice of cheese, cooked egg, lettuce, and turkey. This snack doubles as an easy and wholesome breakfast!
Galletas integrales con mantequilla de maní — Whole Grain Crackers with Peanut Butter
Peanut butter is a classic snack that goes with just about everything. For this treat, combine the peanut butter with whole-grain crackers for easy protein-packed deliciousness.
Puré de manzana sin azúcar — Unsweetened Applesauce
Individual containers of applesauce make for the perfect on-the-go food. They usually come pre-portioned and packaged so you can just grab and go! Add a hint of cinnamon or nutmeg for an extra yummy flavor.
Queso cottage con melocotones en rebanadas — Cottage Cheese with Sliced Peaches
Protein is a great nutrient to include in snacks since it keeps you feeling fuller longer. Stock up on some cottage cheese and sliced peaches for a quick and protein-filled snack.
Manzanas picadas con mantequilla de nueces — Chopped Apples with Nut Butter
Chop up some fresh apples for fiber and add a side of nut butter for protein and healthy fats. You can choose your child’s favorite spread from peanut butter, almond butter, etc. This duo makes for a rich and satisfying snack.
Tostada de aguacate — Avocado toast
Avocados are rich in healthy fats, fiber, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. You can mash some of this super fruit, mix it with a little lemon juice, salt, and pepper, and spread it on whole-wheat toast for a nutrient-dense snack.
Guacamole con tortillas sin sal — Guacamole with Unsalted Tortillas
Guacamole is not only delicious but also full of nutrients. Make fresh guacamole at home to avoid the sodium and preservative-filled packaged ones. Serve the delicious guac with unsalted wheat or corn tortillas, or unsalted pita chips for a yummy crunch.
Quesadilla de queso y espinaca — Spinach and cheese quesadilla
Fill two whole wheat flour tortillas with shredded cheese and chopped fresh spinach. Heat them in a skillet until the cheese melts and chop into triangles before serving. It’s a perfect strategy to sneak some leafy greens into your kid!
Popular Snacks in Spanish Speaking Countries
Trying out famous snacks from different countries is an exciting way to give your child a bite of Spanish culture.
Tarta galletas y chocolate (Cookies and Chocolate Cake)— Spain
This Spanish cookie cake is different from your average cake. The cookies are soaked in milk making them fluffy and creamy. Another difference is that this cake isn’t baked! Use this recipe video to make your own at home!
Tortillas and cream cheese — Guatemala
Guatemalan tortillas are very similar to Mexican tortillas but smaller. Just add some cream cheese and veggies for a quick snack!
Cancha Salada — Peru
Cancha Salada is a popular snack in Peru that comes from ancient cultures. Maiz cancha, a special corn variety, is roasted in some oil and then salted to get a delicious nosh that can be bought on the street or is served in restaurants.
Takis — Mexico
Takis are the Nachos of Mexico! These highly popular rolled chips come in a variety of spicy flavors and can be found at any convenience store. Fuego, Original, and Nitro Takis are some of the most popular flavors!
Prestiños — Costa Rica
Another sweet treat, prestiños can be found during holy festivals and celebrations. They are a sort of tortilla or pancake, made from flour, sugar, oil, and eggs. They are usually topped with a sweet syrup-like honey. Prestiños make for a satisfying and cheap snack!
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