It can be a challenge to come up with healthy back-to-school snacks when fall rolls around. Below I’m sharing 25 of our favorites to help make your school mornings a little bit easier!
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My kids recently started back to school. I can hardly believe how fast the summer flew by! This is the first year they started before Labor Day, and I have to say, I didn’t like it!
Even though my kids can drive me nuts during the summer (how many times a day can they really shout, “mom?” in one hour?), I love having them home all day. I love sleeping in, I love lazy summer days, I love summer adventures, I love not having a schedule, and I love summer nights.
I also love that my oldest two are big enough now that they can prepare their own snacks (most of the time). While we are still working on cleaning up afterwards, this allows me to focus on feeding the most demanding human in the household (my almost three year old) and actually feeding myself. Which you busy mamas know, can be an almost impossible task during the day.
Going back to school though requires me to actually think about what snacks my kids are going to take to school with them so they have enough healthy food to fuel their bodies during the day.
My main focus when choosing snacks is making sure they are healthy and that they are going to keep my kids sustained throughout the day. If you are looking for some back to school snack ideas for your kids, I’ve compiled a list of a few of our favorites.
When looking for snack foods I do my best to look for options that have minimal or no added sugar as well as a short ingredient list.
25 Healthy Back-to-School Snacks
1. Dried apricots or mangos (Trader Joes or Costco have options with no added sugars) and raw nuts – almonds, walnuts, pecans, cashews, etc.
2. Skinny Pop popcorn cakes or mini cakes. Target and my local grocery store (which is similar to Whole Foods) stock these.
3. Skinny Pop individual popcorn bags (I’ve found here on Amazon or at Costco or Target)
4. Cut up fruit such as blueberries, blackberries, apples, grapes, watermelon, pears, strawberries, kiwi – the possibilities are endless!
5. Unsweetened applesauce cups (Treetop brand has a version I buy at Costco)
6. Applesauce squeezies (Costco’s Kirkland brand has no sugar added)
7. Apple slices and peanut butter, almond butter, or sunflower butter
8. Homemade trail mix
9. Cut up cheese and whole grain crackers. Triscuits or Back to Nature Harvest Whole Wheat Crackers are two brands that we like.
10. Individual hummus packs and veggies (Costco has small individual packs. I have also seen individual packs of the brand Sabra at Target or Walmart.)
11. Nut butter packs and crackers
12. Fruit cups with no added sugar
13. Bare apple or banana chips (Costco has a big bag while Target carries individual bags.)
14. Whole grain pretzels
15. Whole grain cereal
16. Healthy muffins. I try to make healthier muffin versions, and use either honey or maple syrup as our sweetner. Here are a couple links to some favorites: Healthier Banana Bread (I have made this into muffins) or these Raspberry Lemon muffins by 100 Days Real Food.
17. Larabars – These can be found on Amazon, Target, as well as at many grocery stores.
18. Larabar Fruit and Greens bars (my toddler loves these)
19. Homemade granola bars. These have less sugar and you can control the ingredients.
20. Pumpkin seeds. I buy Eden Organic Dry Roasted Pumpkin Seeds. All of my kids love these, which honestly I was a little surprised about! I like snacking on these as well.
21. Cheese sticks or Baby Bells
22. Bear Real Fruit Yo Yos. I’ve ordered these in bulk off of Amazon, but have seen them in individual boxes at a local grocery store (which is similar to Whole Foods). A great alternative to fruit roll ups or fruit snacks!
23. Dried fruit mix. I usually buy dried fruit that has no added sugar. While it took my kids a little while to grow acustomed to less sugar, I have now won at least two of them over. Mangos, pineapples, coconut flakes, and raisins are a few that my kids enjoy.
24. Trader Joe’s Date and Nut Bites (toddler loves these as well)
25. Pressed by Kind Fruit and Chia bars. Just found these at Costco and so far two of my three like them! 😉
There are so many healthy snack options out there, but I know sometimes it can be hard to brainstorm options. What are some of your favorite healthy back-to-school snacks? I am always looking for new options for my kiddos!
Hope everyone is having a great start to the new school year!