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Top 10 Snacks for your Kids School Lunch

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After seven years of making school lunch for my kids (many of them you can see here), I now realize I’ve got breakfast, lunch and dinner covered. What about the kids pre-lunch snack, though? I’m the first to admit this is where, in the past, I’ve given it little to no thought. For the longest time, I would toss an apple or banana into their lunch bag, which are totally fine choices, but when Chloe has caught me forgetting to add a snack or laming out with one of these default items I knew I had to change my ways. I came up with a list of my Top 10 Snack Foods For Your Kids School Lunch to help inspire all of us (myself included!)

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When it comes to snacking, I try to remember to offer a variety of foods through the week to satisfy my kid’s cravings. I know that Chloe loves smooth foods, like a smoothie or GoGo squeeZ pouches, and Kenya leans towards crunch, so I keep that in mind when packing their snacks. And these options aren’t just for the morning. You can offer them in your kid’s lunchbox, post-lunch, pre-dinner or any time of the day that you want something to tide them over to the next meal and fill your kids’ little bellies with a wholesome treat!

Top 10 Snacks for School Lunch from weelicious.com

Below are a few of some of my favorite, simple, tasty snacks to give my kids throughout the day:

  1. Cheese sticks
  2. Hummus + veggies
  3. Rainbow Pops
  4. Turkey Cheese roll ups
  5. Fruit kebobs (strawberries/ melon balls/ grapes/ banana/etc.)
  6. DIY trail mix (nuts, dried fruits, dye free m&m’s)
  7. Popcorn with nutritional yeast
  8. Teddy Bear Toast
  9.  GoGo squeeZ - It's 100% natural, healthy snacking! All GoGo squeeZ products are made with simple, whole foods like fruits and vegetables. That's true goodness on the go!
  10. Greek yogurt (with berries/granola and /or honey)
  11. Banana Dog Bites

(I actually have 11 because I couldn't narrow the list!)

For a chance to win one of three prize bundles of 10 boxes of GoGo squeeZ tell me your favorite snack in the comments below and we'll add it to the list! Good luck!

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Prize: Three (3) lucky Weelicious readers will receive a prize bundle of ten (10) boxes of GoGo squeeZ - a $50 value. This post is sponsored by GoGo squeeZ. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Duration: This giveaway will be open until Monday, October 24th at 11:59pm.

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  1. Jgh

    October 24, 2016 at 7:55 pm

    Thanks for the ideas!

  2. Wendy VanAlstine

    October 24, 2016 at 4:57 pm

    Love the teddy bear toast and would like to see additional animal type examples.

  3. Lisa

    October 24, 2016 at 9:18 am

    2 kids – 2 school snacks – I need to be inspired! Thanks

  4. Jacquelynn

    October 24, 2016 at 12:15 am

    Hummus and veggies!

  5. Amanda

    October 23, 2016 at 5:51 pm

    I love keeping these in my car. Thank you!

  6. Antoinette Anderson

    October 23, 2016 at 9:30 am

    I saw your lunch ideas on Naturally Danny Sao. Wow reinventing lunch for the kids is awesome! I wish the school cafeterias would take in some of your ideas! I’m going to start trying some of these brain foods for my kids AND myself!!! Thanks for the great ideas!

  7. Karen W

    October 23, 2016 at 6:52 am

    Celery sticks with peanut butter and raisins.

  8. Neda J

    October 22, 2016 at 7:40 pm

    pinterest share!

  9. Neda J

    October 22, 2016 at 7:39 pm

    edamame and strawberries!

  10. Morgan Hart

    October 22, 2016 at 6:09 pm

    Cheese sticks are a favorite of my boys.

  11. Jenn

    October 22, 2016 at 3:28 pm

    Homemade trail mix is a favorite around here, but we love anything easily portable!

  12. Karla

    October 22, 2016 at 3:27 pm

    Oooh. Favorite snack is hard. Fruit perhaps.

  13. Karly

    October 22, 2016 at 12:06 pm

    Anything with cheese or hummus is a big win for us!

  14. Theresa Dorman

    October 22, 2016 at 11:57 am

    My kids favorite was shredded apple mixed with peanut butter; spread on bread, crackers, tortillas, and used as dip for pretzels or celery sticks.

  15. Christy

    October 22, 2016 at 10:35 am

    Trail mix;yum!!

  16. Amy Christmas

    October 22, 2016 at 7:46 am

    Love gogo squeeze for vacation snacks on the go or for an after school snack!

  17. Lucy Martin

    October 22, 2016 at 7:32 am

    Avocado toast cut in mini squares.
    We love your banana dog bites too!

  18. Samantha W Linehan

    October 22, 2016 at 7:17 am

    My kids love small cubes of colby jack cheese with pretzel stick used as toothpicks.

  19. Amanda

    October 22, 2016 at 7:13 am

    Almond butter crackers

  20. Jan

    October 21, 2016 at 6:46 pm

    Anything with peanut butter!

  21. Jessica

    October 21, 2016 at 1:52 pm

    One of my family”s favorite snacks is cottage cheese with cherry tomatoes and hemp seeds sprinkled on top. Yum!!

  22. Lisa

    October 21, 2016 at 10:51 am

    Homemade trail mix.

  23. Seyer

    October 20, 2016 at 4:53 pm

    Cheese sticks or grapes

  24. Nelsis

    October 20, 2016 at 1:20 pm

    Pinned

  25. Nelsis

    October 20, 2016 at 1:19 pm

    Shared on facebook

  26. Nelsks

    October 20, 2016 at 1:18 pm

    Favorite snack pretzels with some type of dip

  27. Elle

    October 20, 2016 at 12:51 pm

    I tweeted.

  28. Elle

    October 20, 2016 at 12:51 pm

    I shared on Pinterest.

  29. Elle

    October 20, 2016 at 12:50 pm

    My favorite snack is ice cream or apple with peanut butter.

  30. Amanda

    October 20, 2016 at 8:05 am

    My boys love Gogo squeezes

  31. Sarah. A.

    October 19, 2016 at 9:27 pm

    posted on instagram @sarahschoolunch

  32. Sarah. A.

    October 19, 2016 at 9:25 pm

    great ideas. will try some of the ones i hadn’t thought of before. we love gogo squeeZ – i think my kids eat at least one fruit pouch a day for a snack, usually on the go :)

  33. Becky Goze

    October 19, 2016 at 8:39 am

    Thanks for reminder of putting fruit on a stick. It looks yummier than a few chunks! I will add pea pods to her lunch!

  34. Richelle J

    October 18, 2016 at 10:58 pm

    We love the ease and convenience of pouches. Berries are favorite as well.

  35. Carla

    October 18, 2016 at 8:31 pm

    Cheese sticks

  36. gary

    October 18, 2016 at 3:29 pm

    pinned

  37. gary

    October 18, 2016 at 3:29 pm

    google plus share

  38. gary

    October 18, 2016 at 3:28 pm

    tweeted

  39. gary

    October 18, 2016 at 3:28 pm

    shared on facebook

  40. miranda

    October 18, 2016 at 3:25 pm

    pinned

  41. miranda

    October 18, 2016 at 3:25 pm

    shared on google plus

  42. miranda

    October 18, 2016 at 3:24 pm

    tweeted

  43. miranda

    October 18, 2016 at 3:24 pm

    shared on Fb

  44. april

    October 18, 2016 at 3:07 pm

    Apples with PB and a sprinkle of ground cinnamon is a fave here.

  45. Sara L.

    October 18, 2016 at 11:55 am

    My favorite snacks are apple & peanut butter and popcorn

  46. Kate Edenborg

    October 18, 2016 at 8:09 am

    Yummy snacks!

  47. Kirsten Larson

    October 18, 2016 at 7:53 am

    I found your blog at just the right time (thanks to my sister). Though my two sons look skinny, our doctor just expressed concerns about their weight and BMI. We are focusing on healthier snacks, portion control, and cutting out the junk. I look forward to trying some of these snack ideas.

    • Kirsten Larson

      October 18, 2016 at 7:54 am

      Oh, and Banana Dog Bites please!

  48. Lesley Sinkler Johnson

    October 18, 2016 at 6:03 am

    We LOVE edemane steamed and lightly salted. Easy to eat while we play!!!

  49. Heather Poland

    October 18, 2016 at 6:00 am

    These sound awesome!

  50. Elizabeth Pedrosa

    October 18, 2016 at 5:59 am

    Love the ideas!

  51. Tara

    October 18, 2016 at 5:52 am

    Applesauce, edamame, dried mango.

  52. Katie hincka

    October 18, 2016 at 4:39 am

    Granola bar

  53. jamie

    October 17, 2016 at 11:12 pm

    dried apricots and dried cherries

  54. Li-Wen

    October 17, 2016 at 10:56 pm

    My daughter loves dried fruits.

  55. Lucinda

    October 17, 2016 at 10:40 pm

    fruit

  56. Brea

    October 17, 2016 at 10:38 pm

    This week, my kids are loving homemade clif z bars.

  57. Laura

    October 17, 2016 at 10:27 pm

    Gogo Squeez is a staple snack around here, along with string cheese.

  58. Millie

    October 17, 2016 at 10:16 pm

    A favorite snack in the house is Somersaults snacks whose main ingredient is sunflower seeds. (http://www.somersaultlifecompany.com). My daughter loves the Salt & Pepper flavor that has a little zip. And everyone enjoys the Dutch Cocoa.

  59. Gary

    October 17, 2016 at 9:24 pm

    My favorite snack is walnuts

  60. Miranda

    October 17, 2016 at 9:23 pm

    I love string cheese

  61. Bill

    October 17, 2016 at 9:20 pm

    Apples and peanut butter

  62. Jill

    October 17, 2016 at 8:46 pm

    What great snack ideas!

  63. Leslie

    October 17, 2016 at 8:11 pm

    I love gogosqueeze pouches. My son likes them in his lunchbox because they are faster to eat than an apple which is important when the students only get 20 minutes for lunch!

  64. nikki

    October 17, 2016 at 7:29 pm

    fruit & yogurt w/crushed up bunny grahams.

  65. Michelle

    October 17, 2016 at 7:27 pm

    Chocolate peanut butter on coconut “paleo” wrap roll-up.

  66. Jessica

    October 17, 2016 at 7:05 pm

    GoGo squeezE, turkey and cheese

  67. Liz

    October 17, 2016 at 6:50 pm

    I shared on Pinterest

  68. Karla H

    October 17, 2016 at 6:49 pm

    Granola bars

  69. Liz

    October 17, 2016 at 6:46 pm

    Hummus and pita chips

  70. Erin

    October 17, 2016 at 6:25 pm

    Anything on naan bread – hummus, laughing cow cheese, pb&j!

  71. Laura

    October 17, 2016 at 6:22 pm

    Baby bell, pumpkin or cheese muffins,
    Trail mix, Lara bars, grapes, blueberries and strawberries.

  72. Kelly D

    October 17, 2016 at 6:10 pm

    My favorite snack is popcorn.

  73. Amber

    October 17, 2016 at 6:07 pm

    My daughters love popcorn!

  74. Kelly

    October 17, 2016 at 5:54 pm

    Mini muffins
    Handful of nuts

  75. kelly v

    October 17, 2016 at 5:47 pm

    cheese please

  76. Magi

    October 17, 2016 at 5:45 pm

    Apples and peanut butter!

  77. Meg

    October 17, 2016 at 4:15 pm

    Avocado on whole grain crackers!

  78. Cindy

    October 17, 2016 at 3:54 pm

    Hard boiled eggs with a tiny bit of salt make a good snack.

  79. Cindy

    October 17, 2016 at 3:51 pm

    My granddaughter loves “spicy’ tomatoes, cucumber slices sprinkled with lemon juice, whole grain “fish” crackers, raw chedder cheese slices, Tofurkey roll-ups with mustard, and green stuffed olives. Her school does not allow nuts or nut products, so no peanut butter or granola bars and trail mix with nuts are allowed. We try to pack with fresh veggies, spruced up of course, and always organic blueberries, blackberries or red grapes.

  80. Jessica To

    October 17, 2016 at 3:48 pm

    I like cheese and crackers as a snack.

  81. Megan Wilson

    October 17, 2016 at 3:42 pm

    My favorite snack is a classic string cheese.

  82. Noelle Buben

    October 17, 2016 at 3:32 pm

    Ants on a log: celery with peanut butter and raisins

  83. David

    October 17, 2016 at 3:29 pm

    I shared on Google at https://plus.google.com/105177034974034061647/posts/MwY5cSMYmzv

  84. David

    October 17, 2016 at 3:27 pm

    I shared on Pinterest at https://www.pinterest.com/pin/258394097350799946/

  85. David

    October 17, 2016 at 3:27 pm

    I shared on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/david.lintz.12/posts/1341421772558054

  86. David

    October 17, 2016 at 3:24 pm

    I tweeted at https://twitter.com/1brisket/status/788143548549984256

  87. David

    October 17, 2016 at 3:23 pm

    My favorite snack is a snack cake or chips. Our kids will eat anything that is edible, and maybe even a few things that aren’t. For dinner they are very particular, but for a snack, anything goes.

  88. latanya

    October 17, 2016 at 3:15 pm

    https://www.pinterest.com/pin/232639136981150623/

  89. latanya

    October 17, 2016 at 3:14 pm

    https://twitter.com/sweetums82/status/788141114674941952

  90. latanya

    October 17, 2016 at 3:13 pm

    sliced apples

  91. Kristi

    October 17, 2016 at 2:52 pm

    We do fruit pouches, nuts, pretzels, or fresh fruit.

  92. Meghan

    October 17, 2016 at 2:43 pm

    We have almost 2 yr old twins & I love giving them squeeZ pouches to keep them occupied during our grocery trips!

  93. Jana Church

    October 17, 2016 at 2:28 pm

    I have listed your page and contest.. love healthy snacks for all not just kids but but doing kids maybe we can save them from sugar addictions and health issues later in life..

  94. jen borajkiewicz

    October 17, 2016 at 2:27 pm

    Way to make eating fun!

  95. Rebretta Veasey

    October 17, 2016 at 2:25 pm

    I make a big batch of healthy muffins and put them in the freezer. Then I just pop one in her lunch to thaw before lunch time. I can sneak in some zucchini or pumpkin.

  96. Kristen

    October 17, 2016 at 1:45 pm

    Teddy bear toast! So cute!

  97. Kristin

    October 17, 2016 at 1:27 pm

    My kids live on Larabars.

  98. Mary Giesbrecht

    October 17, 2016 at 1:24 pm

    I needed some snack ideas. These are great!!! Thanks.

  99. Maerin

    October 17, 2016 at 1:22 pm

    My kids are active at recess, so they prefer snacks they can eat on the go – squeeze pouches, cut fruit, granola bars, carrots, cookies, but can’t resist the fun of trail mix/popcorn.

  100. Hillary

    October 17, 2016 at 1:09 pm

    We are in a snack rut – these would be great to help get us out!

  101. Laura Avery

    October 17, 2016 at 12:59 pm

    Grapes, GoGo squeeZ, cheese sticks, and bananas!,

  102. Susie

    October 17, 2016 at 12:46 pm

    My kids’ favorite snacks are seaweed, strawberries and pork jerky.

  103. Christine

    October 17, 2016 at 12:18 pm

    Yum! Would love some free snacks :)

  104. Maddie

    October 17, 2016 at 12:16 pm

    My sons favorite snack is homemade muffins! This week’s muffin is pumpkin parsnip!

  105. Jessica Flory

    October 17, 2016 at 12:15 pm

    Love these ideas!! My little guys are always hungry so we will definitely use these. We love apple slices with peanut butter, honey, and hemp seeds!

  106. Lauren J.

    October 17, 2016 at 12:06 pm

    We do apple slices, lots of grapes. peanuts/cashews & raisins, as well as popcorn (my favorite especially with nutritional yeast)!

  107. kelly

    October 17, 2016 at 11:55 am

    My 5yr olds favorite snack right now = sliced apples & greek yogurt with peanut butter/honey mixed in to make a sweet peanut butter dip:)

  108. Lisa

    October 17, 2016 at 11:52 am

    Right now my daughter’s favorite is chocolate-covered strawberries (recent treat from grandparents), but she likes everything…GoGosqueez, fruit with peanut butter, etc.

  109. Christina Theodorakos

    October 17, 2016 at 11:51 am

    My kids love spinach and cheese pies. Little mini ones.

  110. Maria

    October 17, 2016 at 11:41 am

    My son & daughter love my homemade avocado pudding!!! Their snack containers come back completely cleaned! 😀

  111. Cheryl Miller

    October 17, 2016 at 11:10 am

    Apple slices and peanut butter!

  112. Mandy Hammons

    October 17, 2016 at 11:07 am

    My kids love the go go squeeze, but also love apples and peanut butter

  113. Holly S

    October 17, 2016 at 11:03 am

    My kids also love the small clementines and bananas – they have their own natural wrapping and travel well. We always have a stash of Go Go Squeeze and cheese sticks in our house as well.

  114. Whitney

    October 17, 2016 at 11:00 am

    My kids love homemade muffins & I try to squeeze as many nutrients into them as possible!

  115. Debra

    October 17, 2016 at 10:43 am

    My son loves hummus and organic pita chips.

  116. Jackie

    October 17, 2016 at 10:35 am

    My kids love your granola bar recipe. My favorite snack is cheese & crackers – I’m with Kenya on the crunchy factor.

  117. Sonia DLC

    October 17, 2016 at 10:27 am

    go go squeez are a staple in my house! Love the variety of flavors offered

  118. Meredith R

    October 17, 2016 at 10:14 am

    My son loves GoGo Squeez, he calls them “squeezy fruit” and I personally love the Clif Bar nut butter bars. So do my kids!

  119. Clementine

    October 17, 2016 at 10:14 am

    My daughter loves oatmeal muffins and the Clif Kid Organic Z Bars.

  120. Francie

    October 17, 2016 at 10:13 am

    My kids love a granola bar. Also cheese and crackers!

  121. Angie

    October 17, 2016 at 10:11 am

    Fruits and veggies are easy go to’s. Need to think about switching it up too!

  122. Donna

    October 17, 2016 at 10:05 am

    My daughter loves apples. Whole wheat bread with pumpkin butter. The homemade cheese crackers.

  123. Rebecca

    October 17, 2016 at 10:04 am

    Apple and peanut butter!

  124. courtney

    October 17, 2016 at 10:03 am

    apple and peanut butter :)

  125. Jennifer M

    October 17, 2016 at 9:55 am

    I love white cheddar popcorn!

  126. Shawn

    October 17, 2016 at 9:53 am

    My favorite snack would be Teddy Bear toast. (I bring my lunch to school too.) My son’s would be GoGo SqueeZ. My daughter’s would be the Banana Dog Bites.

  127. Donna Lackey

    October 17, 2016 at 9:52 am

    Turkey roll ups, weelicious cheese crackers!

  128. Melissa Beltran

    October 17, 2016 at 9:46 am

    Roasted seasoned seaweed snack!

  129. Blima Spetner

    October 17, 2016 at 9:44 am

    frozen grapes

  130. Celeste O

    October 17, 2016 at 9:41 am

    These are some great ideas for lunch snacks. Some might even be good for adults. 😉

  131. Julie

    October 17, 2016 at 9:39 am

    My favorite snack is popcorn. When I was a kid, once a week we’d order pizza for dinner then pop a batch of popcorn. Then I started eating it as an after school snack in high school almost everyday and my love of it has just continued to grow! When I’m home alone, I will often count it as dinner. So, naturally, my kids also love the stuff, but they also love lots of other snacks and squeeze pouches definitely make their lists!

  132. Lisa Krueger

    October 17, 2016 at 9:38 am

    Kiddos are loving Cliff Kids Z Bars lately

  133. Robyn

    October 17, 2016 at 9:35 am

    These are great ideas! I often include a chocolate chip granola bars (your recipe is a staple in our house!), fruit or a homemade trail mix with whatever we have on hand (usually craisins, dark chocolate chips, pretzel bites, almonds, etc.).

  134. Kris G

    October 17, 2016 at 9:33 am

    What a great list! We love Go Go squeeZ!

  135. Amy

    October 17, 2016 at 9:33 am

    Crackers, cheese and dates!

  136. Diana Cote

    October 17, 2016 at 9:22 am

    Love these ideas. Lately I’ve just been doing granola bars and yoghurt because I ran out of ideas. Thanks for the inspiration. :)

  137. Jennifer

    October 17, 2016 at 9:19 am

    Love Gogo Squeeze!

  138. Erin Y

    October 17, 2016 at 9:18 am

    Our favorite go to snack are mini muffins. I have been making blender muffins with cashew butter and different mixins for a quick grab n go snack.

  139. Kimberly Milstead

    October 17, 2016 at 9:17 am

    Babybel lite cheese is a great snack!! And the Go-go Squeeze packs are a staple item in my house!!

  140. Erica

    October 17, 2016 at 9:15 am

    Peanut butter banana chia toast!!

  141. Maryanne W.

    October 17, 2016 at 9:12 am

    Bagels with cream cheese!

  142. Lora

    October 17, 2016 at 9:10 am

    My kiddos right now love Kerrygold Ballyshannon cheese with green grapes.

  143. Janelle

    October 17, 2016 at 9:10 am

    Favorite snack: string cheese

  144. Vaishali Sharda

    October 17, 2016 at 9:09 am

    Our kids love babybel

  145. Erin G

    October 17, 2016 at 9:07 am

    My favorite snack is popcorn with a little bit of coconut oil! Great ideas!!!