Packing lunchboxes can be stressful; especially the day after a long break and the last thing you’ve planned for is packing lunches! Yup, Thanksgiving break is over and it’s back to the daily grind! Luckily the cupboard is stocked full of healthy snacks and lunch material! Here are a few of my favorite healthy snacks for the lunch box and after school treats:
Homemade trail mix – Kids love to snack on stuff by the handful and naturally lean towards food they can eat in bite-sized servings. Moms love it because you can also sneak all sorts of good stuff in there – dried fruit bits, seeds, etc. – without them being any wiser.
Chips & salsa – Always a perennial favorite; you can even make homemade salsa and tortilla chips on the weekend for more control over what your kids are eating.
Apple with caramel – Single-serve caramel tubs and sliced apples are a great, healthy snack for kids of all ages.
Hummus– This Middle Eastern chickpea dip is super healthy and is another great way to serve up those baby carrots. Dips and kids are always a hit.
Fruit medley – For some reason, if you stick an orange in your kid’s lunch box, it comes back to you, untouched. If you stuff a small Tupperware with a strawberry, a few raspberries, some blueberries and a slice or two of that same orange, they will eat every last bite. Go figure.
Yogurt – This is a great snack in its natural state, but not so great when you stir in sugary, chemically add-ins. Try organic vanilla with Grape Nuts cereal. It gives the added crunch your child is looking for, with the healthy twist moms like.
Peanut butter– Sure, PB & J sandwiches are everywhere but try a single serve pack of flavored peanut butter, if your school hasn’t banned it. Super healthy, low in sugar and the squirt-in-your-mouth-fun-factor lets it compete head-to-head with sugary snacks, and win.
Celery with PB and raisins – A classic snack that’ll make them think of mom. Yea!
Cheese – Single serve cheeses are awesome. They include a dose of calcium and protein. Include a toothpick for fun eating.