Packing lunches is stressful enough, but now kids need snacks throughout the day and after class. We have taken the guess work out of snack packing. Check out these fun and tasty school snacks.
Snacks to Pack
You’re now sending your little ones off to school and want to make sure you are feeding their bodies so they can work their brain muscles. They won’t just need a healthy breakfast and lunch, but some fuel for the times in between. Here are some easy snacks that you can send to school with them.
- Frozen Smoothies: Make up a large batch of fruit (and veggie) smoothies and freeze them up in sealed tubes. By the time they reach for them at snack time, they will be nice and slushie-like.
- Homemade Fruit Roll-Ups: You can easily make your own healthy fruit roll ups with just some fruit and wax paper. No added sugar means they can eat as many as they want without you feeling like they are eating junk.
- Apple Sandwiches: Cut the apple into round slices and spread a layer of almond butter on one piece, sprinkle with granola and top with a second apple slice. A perfect snack that doesn’t require refrigeration.
- Banana Crunch Wraps: Take a wheat tortilla, spread with peanut butter and top with Rice Krispies Cereal. Place a banana on one end of the tortilla and roll from one end to the other into a burrito. Cut the wrap into pieces and package in a container.
- Muffin Tin Pancakes: Make mini pancakes in a muffin tin and sprinkle their favorite topping, like chocolate chips, banana chunks, blueberries or strawberries. Bake at 350 degrees for 12 minutes.
Snacks to Recharge
Your kids will have had a long day at school and want a nice treat to get them through the rest of the afternoon. Here are some great snack ideas to make after you pick the kids up from school.
- Banana Pops: Stick a peeled banana on a popsicle stick and cover in peanut butter. You can then dip it in M&Ms and crushed pretzels. Peanut butter is a great brain food for your kids.
- Pizza Bagels: You can make homemade Bagel Bites by using mini bagels that you toast, top with marinara, cheese, and peperoni slices. Pop them in the oven to melt and you have an easy snack that can be enjoyed or even frozen and reheated.
- Corn Dog Mini Muffins: Preparing corn bread mix and pour into a muffin tin, then pop a hot dog piece in the center. Follow the baking directions for the cornbread and the corn dog mini muffins will come out ready to enjoy with your kids’ favorite condiment.
- Cheesy Triscuits: Melt cheese on top of Triscuit crackers and dip in salsa.
- Chocolate Covered Kiwi Pops: Skewer kiwi slices, dip in chocolate and freeze for a cool treat.
- Ants on a Log or Fish in a River: Cut some celery into smaller pieces and fill with either peanut butter or cream cheese. Top with raisins (ants) or goldfish crackers (fish).
Now you have some creative and healthy snack ideas for during school and after school.
– By Lana Evans, Editor