Having this a list of Top 10 Snacks for your Kids School Lunch handy at all times can mean the difference between tears and joy — and I mean your tears and joy as much as I do your kids.
After seven years of making school lunch for my kids, 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 Kid’s School Lunch to help inspire all of us (myself included!)
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 applesauce 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!
Below are a few of some of my favorite, simple, tasty snacks to give my kids throughout the day.
- Cheese sticks
- Hummus + veggies
- Rainbow Pops
- Turkey Cheese roll ups
- Fruit kebobs (strawberries/ melon balls/ grapes/ banana/etc.)
- DIY trail mix (nuts, dried fruits, dye free m&m’s)
- Popcorn with nutritional yeast
- Teddy Bear Toast
- Squeeze Pouches – An easy way to get fruits and veggies on the go!
- Greek yogurt (with berries/granola and /or honey)
- Banana Dog Bites
(I actually have 11 because I couldn’t narrow the list!)
Thanks for the ideas!
Love the teddy bear toast and would like to see additional animal type examples.
2 kids – 2 school snacks – I need to be inspired! Thanks
Hummus and veggies!
I love keeping these in my car. Thank you!
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!
Celery sticks with peanut butter and raisins.
edamame and strawberries!
Cheese sticks are a favorite of my boys.
Homemade trail mix is a favorite around here, but we love anything easily portable!
Oooh. Favorite snack is hard. Fruit perhaps.
Anything with cheese or hummus is a big win for us!
My kids favorite was shredded apple mixed with peanut butter; spread on bread, crackers, tortillas, and used as dip for pretzels or celery sticks.
Love gogo squeeze for vacation snacks on the go or for an after school snack!
Avocado toast cut in mini squares.
We love your banana dog bites too!
My kids love small cubes of colby jack cheese with pretzel stick used as toothpicks.
Almond butter crackers
Anything with peanut butter!
One of my family”s favorite snacks is cottage cheese with cherry tomatoes and hemp seeds sprinkled on top. Yum!!
Homemade trail mix.
Cheese sticks or grapes
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Favorite snack pretzels with some type of dip
My favorite snack is ice cream or apple with peanut butter.
My boys love Gogo squeezes
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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 🙂
Thanks for reminder of putting fruit on a stick. It looks yummier than a few chunks! I will add pea pods to her lunch!
We love the ease and convenience of pouches. Berries are favorite as well.
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Apples with PB and a sprinkle of ground cinnamon is a fave here.
My favorite snacks are apple & peanut butter and popcorn
Oh, and Banana Dog Bites please!
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.
We LOVE edemane steamed and lightly salted. Easy to eat while we play!!!
These sound awesome!
Love the ideas!
Applesauce, edamame, dried mango.
dried apricots and dried cherries
My daughter loves dried fruits.
This week, my kids are loving homemade clif z bars.
Gogo Squeez is a staple snack around here, along with string cheese.
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.
My favorite snack is walnuts
I love string cheese
Apples and peanut butter
What great snack ideas!
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!
fruit & yogurt w/crushed up bunny grahams.
Chocolate peanut butter on coconut “paleo” wrap roll-up.
GoGo squeezE, turkey and cheese
Hummus and pita chips
Anything on naan bread – hummus, laughing cow cheese, pb&j!
Baby bell, pumpkin or cheese muffins,
Trail mix, Lara bars, grapes, blueberries and strawberries.
My favorite snack is popcorn.
My daughters love popcorn!
Handful of nuts
Apples and peanut butter!
Avocado on whole grain crackers!
Hard boiled eggs with a tiny bit of salt make a good snack.
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.
I like cheese and crackers as a snack.
My favorite snack is a classic string cheese.
Ants on a log: celery with peanut butter and raisins
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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.
We do fruit pouches, nuts, pretzels, or fresh fruit.
We have almost 2 yr old twins & I love giving them squeeZ pouches to keep them occupied during our grocery trips!
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Way to make eating fun!
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.
Teddy bear toast! So cute!
My kids live on Larabars.
I needed some snack ideas. These are great!!! Thanks.
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.
We are in a snack rut – these would be great to help get us out!
Grapes, GoGo squeeZ, cheese sticks, and bananas!,
My kids’ favorite snacks are seaweed, strawberries and pork jerky.
Yum! Would love some free snacks 🙂
My sons favorite snack is homemade muffins! This week’s muffin is pumpkin parsnip!
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!
We do apple slices, lots of grapes. peanuts/cashews & raisins, as well as popcorn (my favorite especially with nutritional yeast)!
My 5yr olds favorite snack right now = sliced apples & greek yogurt with peanut butter/honey mixed in to make a sweet peanut butter dip:)
Right now my daughter’s favorite is chocolate-covered strawberries (recent treat from grandparents), but she likes everything…GoGosqueez, fruit with peanut butter, etc.
My kids love spinach and cheese pies. Little mini ones.
My son & daughter love my homemade avocado pudding!!! Their snack containers come back completely cleaned!
Apple slices and peanut butter!
My kids love the go go squeeze, but also love apples and peanut butter
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.
My kids love homemade muffins & I try to squeeze as many nutrients into them as possible!
My son loves hummus and organic pita chips.
My kids love your granola bar recipe. My favorite snack is cheese & crackers – I’m with Kenya on the crunchy factor.
go go squeez are a staple in my house! Love the variety of flavors offered
My son loves GoGo Squeez, he calls them “squeezy fruit” and I personally love the Clif Bar nut butter bars. So do my kids!
My kids love a granola bar. Also cheese and crackers!
Fruits and veggies are easy go to’s. Need to think about switching it up too!
My daughter loves apples. Whole wheat bread with pumpkin butter. The homemade cheese crackers.
Apple and peanut butter!
apple and peanut butter 🙂
I love white cheddar popcorn!
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.
Turkey roll ups, weelicious cheese crackers!
Roasted seasoned seaweed snack!
These are some great ideas for lunch snacks. Some might even be good for adults. 😉
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!
Kiddos are loving Cliff Kids Z Bars lately
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.).
What a great list! We love Go Go squeeZ!
Crackers, cheese and dates!
Love these ideas. Lately I’ve just been doing granola bars and yoghurt because I ran out of ideas. Thanks for the inspiration. 🙂
Love Gogo Squeeze!
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.
Babybel lite cheese is a great snack!! And the Go-go Squeeze packs are a staple item in my house!!
Peanut butter banana chia toast!!
Bagels with cream cheese!
My kiddos right now love Kerrygold Ballyshannon cheese with green grapes.
Favorite snack: string cheese
Our kids love babybel
My favorite snack is popcorn with a little bit of coconut oil! Great ideas!!!
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