Healthy Back to School Snack Ideas

With summer break coming to a close, you might be on the hunt for all things back-to-school, including healthy school snack ideas. 

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When school is back in session, that often means lots of running around between sports, music, and other activities after class making it even more important to put a plan together now for how you are going to fuel your kiddo while skipping the fast food trap!

While lunches and snacking at home might be a little different than what I’m about to share, today I want to exclusively point out some better for you, aka healthier school snacks.

Healthy Snacks for Kids & Parents

What does a healthy school snack look like? A healthy snack is one [IMO] that is portion controlled, offers a good balance of protein, carbs, & fat, and contains real ingredients. It’s a long list, I know. Some of the items on the list are best when paired with another snack to round them out. Healthy snacks can also be whole pieces of fruit, cut veggies, hummus, cottage cheese, and so many more. Sometimes the later options aren’t always available in pre-packaged single serving sizes or they require some level of refrigeration. 

Most of the snacks listed below are non-gmo, however it’s always best practice to re-read the labeling each time you purchase an item; there may be changes that effect the ingredients including food allergens. As a side tip, I’d encourage you to keep a stash of snack items in your car for when hunger strikes because no one likes a hangry kid or adult.

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School Snack Ideas for Kids

Each snack for kids has been independently selected and are items my own toddler eats on a pretty regular basis. Some of these school snack ideas are even food allergy friendly!

Beef Sticks – These come in mini size, making it a great to pair with nuts, cheese, or crackers. [GF]

Fig Bars – With tons of flavors to choose from, these are made with wholesome goodness of fruit and grains. [V, GF options]

Freeze Dried Fruit – The variety pack is full of tropical fruits, freeze dried, into a sweet & crunchy snack. [V, GF]

Fruit & Nut Bars – Made with a handful or less of ingredients, a variety of flavors, and mini size for the win! [V, GF]

Fruit Pouches – Apple is the most common flavor however there are so many combinations you can get these in now. [V, GF, Nut Free]

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Coconut Chips – Another crunchy snack – snag the variety pack for sweet and salty options. [V, GF, Soy Free]

Crispy Rice Treats –  Vanilla, chocolate chip, or strawberry flavors, these have hidden veggies  in every sweet bite. [Top 8 Free]

Nut Butter –  The individual packets make these a really handy snack that’s more filling. [V, GF]

Fruit Leather – Not any fruit leather though, one that’s made with only 2 ingredients and they are 100% fruit. [V, Allergen Free Facility]

Bunny Snacks – Ditch the artificial flavors and preservatives with this trio of on-the-go snacks.

Popcorn – Sea salt, butter, or kettle corn, there’s a flavor for your little. [V options, GF]

What are some of your kids’ favorite snacks for school?

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