25 Lunch Box Snacks

Now that the back to school season is upon us, I wanted to share some of my top snack ideas to add to your kids' lunch boxes.  With careful planning, each snack we feed our children can be a great opportunity to squeeze in some extra nutrients between meals.   As a rule of thumb, snacks should contain a generous amount of fiber and protein, as well as a little bit of fat. If you don't have kids, these snack ideas are definitely great options for taking to work also!

  1. Ants on a log- celery with peanut butter and raisins
  2. Veggies with homemade ranch
  3. Veggies with hummus
  4. Homemade sweet potato fries- season potatoes with olive oil, salt, pepper;bake at 425 degrees for 25 minutes
  5. Frozen peas- sounds weird, but young toddlers love this!
  6. Avocado chunks- serve with whole grain crackers and sprinkle with cheese
  7. Baked garbanzo beans- season with salt, pepper, olive oil, bake at 425 for 30 minutes; kids love the crunch!
  8. Organic tortilla chips with black beans and mild salsa
  9. Small serving of natural/homemade soup
  10. Small serving of oatmeal- sneak in some omega 3s by adding 1 tbsp chia seeds
  11. Whole wheat pita with hummus
  12. Air popped popcorn- stay away from the microwave version; buy kernels in bulk at your grocery store and pop it in an air popper or on the stovetop
  13. Homemade oatmeal raisin cookies- replace 1/2 of the sugar with 1 overly ripe banana; use whole wheat flour
  14. Homemade muffins- replace 1/2 of the sugar with 1 overly ripe banana; use whole wheat flour
  15. Small quesadilla- use whole wheat tortilla
  16. Lara bars- these are my absolute favorite store bought bars; each bar contains 3-5 ingredients!
  17. Roasted nuts- make sure your child is old enough to tolerate whole nuts
  18. Soft boiled eggs
  19. Peanut butter banana boat- slice banana partially through lengthwise and fill with peanut butter
  20. Apple slices with cheese
  21. Smoothie- yogurt, ice, fruit, small handful of spinach
  22. Frozen blueberries dipped in yogurt- another great one for young toddlers
  23. Fruit salad drizzled with yogurt and granola
  24. Natural/organic applesauce
  25. Homemade fruit popsicles- sweeten with honey

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