7 Healthy Snacks to Send to School with Your Children

7 Healthy Snacks to Send to School with Your Children

Author:

FoodToDo

Published: 10/6/17

Since my children were very young, I have always been very intentional about sending healthy snacks to school with them every day. However, the task of preparing healthy snacks can be very time consuming, especially when I’m trying to get the kids ready in the morning and then get them and myself out of the door for school and work. However, there are two types of morning: the hectic ones when there's no chance to have at least 10 minutes to prepare a snack box, and the ones when we have some time.

I really don't know how this happens, but for the easier mornings, I have some snack tips that are easy and don’t take much time to prepare. That way, you’ll feel comfortable knowing that your kids have healthy, homemade snacks at school and you’re not spending hours in the kitchen every morning preparing them.

 

Over the years I have experimented with preparing snacks that do not take a lot of time, taste great, and are still nutritional. I’m sharing seven of those snacks with you now. The great thing about these snacks that I am recommending is that they are kid- and school-friendly. What I mean is that they will stay fresh even while the kids are in school. Please keep in mind that with any fruit or cheese, you will want to make sure that you send an ice pack to keep the snack cool, but other than that, they should stay fresh and tasty until snack time comes around. Here are seven of my top snack picks:


Rice Cakes

Rice cakes are a favorite among many children. Although this can be a great snack, I do recommend that you purchase the organic, no-salt variety.

Also, because rice cakes are primarily a carbohydrate snack, you will want to pair it with another snack food so that your children will stay satisfied a little longer. One good option for sweet-loving children who do not have a nut allergy would be to pair it with peanut butter or some other nut butter (such as almond butter) along with some type of fruit. Blueberries and strawberries are good options. Another delicious option is to pair the rice cake with pears and honey. However, you may want to put the fruit, honey, and peanut butter in separate containers so that the rice cake doesn’t get soggy before eating.


Cottage cheese and mixed fruit box

This is a combination of cottage cheese, apples slices, pear slices, pomegranate seeds, and honey mixed inside of a dish or lunch container. This is a very healthy and delicious dish, just be sure to drizzle the apple slices with some lemon juice to prevent them from browning. You might also want to use a divided dish and put the cottage cheese on one side and the fruit on the other side when you prepare it, again to prevent browning. Your kids can mix all of the ingredients together right before they eat it, or dipping into the soft type cottage cheese with the fruits.


Oven-baked celeriac fries

Celeriac fries are a great substitute for potato fries. They are much healthier than traditional French fries and they are also very delicious. And celeriac fries do not take long to prepare at all. You can slice the celeriac, throw some olive oil and seasoning on top, and then pop the fries into the oven. It should only take about 25 minutes for this root to soften and the result is pure food magic. You can continue the morning preparation while they are in the oven. If celeriac is not a preferred food, then you can also make another variety of fries using carrots instead.


Cheddar cheese and fruit

This is a classic that kids have been enjoying for ages. A hard cheese such as light cheddar, medium hard Gouda, or any other hard cheese that your child likes, paired with fruit (grapes) or fruit slices is a great way to go. This is always a hit with the kids and is so simple to prepare.


Pepper slices and cheese

Another simple classic is bell pepper slices paired with mozzarella cheese. Try cutting up bell peppers and then add some mini mozzarella cheese. Just like that, you have a snack that the kids will gobble down.


Trail mix

Trail mix is also a quick and healthy snack. Choose your children’s favorite nuts and add them to a snack bag. Then add some dried fruit such as dried bananas, pineapples, and raisins, the only thing important is to choose dried fruit that is unsweetened. Mix it all up and you have a homemade trail mix that your kids will devour.


Zucchini and cheese mini muffins

I am including a fabulous recipe that my kids absolutely love. Try preparing these mini muffins on a Sunday evening for snack on Monday. It will stay fresh for up to two days so you can even send it again for snack on Tuesday. And the kids won’t mind a bit because they’ll love this tasty, yet healthy treat. 

 

These seven snacks are parent-approved for nutrition and kid-approved for taste. Be sure to try them so that your kids can have healthy and tasty snacks at school.