Children are growing up in school environments that value healthy eating habits. You’ve probably noticed your school encouraging students to pack healthy snacks for school lunches, and this is because it’s beneficial to their academic success. When children eat healthy at lunchtime, they tend to be focused on schoolwork rather than feeling tired or hungry. Many schools even have healthy school snacks programs that supply tasty treats for students to enjoy.
If you want to send your child to school with healthy school snacks, here are some easy and healthy snack ideas for school lunches:
Fresh fruits like apples and oranges, cut into small pieces or wedges. Apples and oranges travel well in school lunch boxes, and they provide a sweet treat that kids enjoy eating throughout the day. Bananas (with their peels intact) are healthy school snacks that just need to be sliced in half before serving. You can also buy pre-packaged sliced bananas for school lunches or healthy school snacks.
Trail mix with a variety of nuts, dried fruit, and seeds. If you want to buy school snacks instead of making them yourself, look for an all-natural trail mix that is high in protein and fiber without added salt or sugar. Avoid school snacks that contain chocolate or candy mixed in with the trail mix, although you can go ahead and include some dark chocolate chips if your school allows them (most schools don’t allow hard candies).
Yogurt smoothies are another great school snack idea because they can be made in a large batch, and they taste great while being healthy. Simply place one cup of yogurt, half a banana, 1/4 cup frozen or fresh fruit, 1 tablespoon honey or sweetener of choice, and a splash of juice in a blender and blend until smooth. Add ice if the school snack is going to be sitting out for an extended period.
Cheese and Crackers
This school snack idea is full of protein and calcium for healthy bones and teeth. Crackers can be made from whole grain, which helps to keep school snacks healthy by providing fiber that promotes a balanced blood sugar level throughout the day.
Another school snack idea that travels well in school lunch boxes, applesauce makes an excellent school snack because it is high in fiber and low in fat so school snacks are healthy.
Sunflower Seeds (unsalted in shell) and natural smooth peanut butter (or other nut butter) sandwiches cut into fun shapes are healthy school snacks kids like. They can even make these for school lunch if you leave out the jelly, and they’ll eat them right up!
Hummus and Celery
Hummus and Celery are school snacks that are both healthy and tasty. For school lunch, let them pack carrots or baby carrots, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, snap peas, broccoli florets or sugar snap peas instead of chips for school snacks to help teach them about healthy school snacks.
For school lunches, be sure to pack healthy school snacks that aren’t too messy and soggy, and they probably won’t end up in the garbage can where school snacks go to die! Also include a few school lunch ideas with fruit to make their day sweeter.