Here’s 5 easy healthy kid snacks that can be made up ahead of time on the weekend. Store them in the fridge or a kitchen cabinet for daily school lunch assembling. Get the kids involved in packaging the snacks, and they’ll be more likely to grab them during the week. First, they will know what’s available, and second, the snacks will be ones they like.
Back to School Tip: Make ahead healthy kid snacks for the freezer.
This year, all 5 of my kids will be in school full-time. I’ll doing a lot of cooking and baking! Some of what I’ll be make will be easy to pack snacks for my kids school lunches. Fortunately, my kids do not have a lot of access to processed food at school. Snack time in the morning is the only time they see chips, pretzels, and other junky stuff. While I allow my elementary school kids to use their allowance to buy snacks, I’m hoping to gently discourage them by providing their favorite real food snacks to pack at home for snack and lunch.
No 1 – Fresh Vegetables
Keep it simple by cutting up carrots and celery, or expand into doing ants on a log. Shredded vegetables with a few raisins thrown in are another option. How about cut-up carrots with homemade ranch dressing?
No. 2 – Fresh Fruit
Bananas, grapes, and small apples are all easy-to pack fruits. Plus they don’t damage easily if the lunch box suddenly becomes a ball at the bus stop.
If your kids like sliced apples, get an OXO apple corer and slicer. Slice the apple with the OXO tool that morning and put it into a sealed container. Dribble a little lemon juice over the slices to prevent browning if your kids don’t mind the lemon flavor. Don’t forget to check Pinterest for fun presentation ideas.
No. 3 – Raw milk cheese and Nitrate free lunch meats
One of my kids loves smoked turkey. It’s easy to roll up, plus you can tuck a slice of raw milk cheese in the middle for a tasty surprise. When adding mayo to the roll up, use a teeny amount since kids will squeeze the turkey roll up as they eat it.
In our area, we have access to some yummy local raw milk cheeses. At $10/lb. and up, yes, they can be pricey, but kids only need a few small slices. One pound of cheese can go pretty far during the week.
No. 4 – Dried Fruit and Nut Mixes
Check with the teacher first to make sure that it’s okay for your child to bring in nuts. In our Catholic elementary school there is no official policy about nuts in the classroom; it’s up to each teacher based on the students they have that year.
Create a trail mix using peanuts, almonds, pistachios, and sunflower seeds. Don’t stick to raisins in the fruit mix. You can also incorporate dried fruit – cherries, blueberries, mangoes, apricots, and bananas. Throw some chocolate chips to throw a little sweetness in; Whole Foods carries healthier chocolate chips. We like the gluten-free chocolate chips from Costco. Carob chips are another good option, not as sweet as chocolate.
No. 5 – Homemade crackers and chips
Homemade crackers and chips require advanced preparation which you can do in August before school starts. Or you can make a new batch every few weeks depending on how quickly your children go through the crackers and chips.
- homemade graham crackers
- cheese crackers
- kale chips
- sweet potato chips