Back To School Snacks 10 Healthy, Easy Ideas
It’s that time of year again… crunch time! Everyone is attempting to get into a routine for September (hopefully a stress free routine and that includes getting organized with back to school snacks.
It’s easier during the summertime to whip up something when you need it (like these meals my daughter eats all the time) but a bit more thought needs to go into packing snacks for the school ground.
Back to school time always includes a bit of chaos as a mom (though here are some hacks to make it easier!). Schedules, activities, quick weeknight dinners and of course, planning, prepping and packing back to school snacks.
It’s no wonder some mamas dread the end of summer!
But even the best back to school snacks don’t have to be too mind numbing. There are both amazingly healthy packaged options as well as homemade snack options- and I’ve rounded up a few of ours!
What To Consider When Organizing Back To School Snacks
✔ Most schools are now nut free. While I think an apple and almonds is a great snack, it’s probably best for after school and not during.
I tried to keep these back to school snack ideas nut free and the ones that do contain nuts I’ve made a note as to how to omit them.
Just a quick tip: to make a recipe that uses peanut or almond butter, just use sunbutter! Sun butter is probably the best tasting thing of life (well, I do enjoy almond butter!) and it’s nut free! So, stock up, you’ll be licking the spoon in no time. Same goes with almond milk- hemp, oat and organic soy are all great alternatives to keep the recipes nut free.
✔ The best back to school snacks are fueling and filling. Having a fruit roll up may taste yummy but the sugar crash that comes with it doesn’t really help when it comes to focus in school and optimal learning.
✔ They should be easy. I love hanging out in the kitchen when I have extra time.. but what mom has extra time? The best back to school snacks are easy options. That said, some back to school snacks require a bit of prep so you have them on hand. They’re worth it though, make a big batch, freeze and grab when needed.
✔ They should contain real food based ingredients. I’m not saying this just because I want to give you extra work. I’m saying this because real food helps kids thrives. Processed sugar gums up their systems, it doesn’t allow them to focus, they don’t feel full and it lowers their immune system. Boost your kids health by trying to opt for back to school snacks with real ingredients, loaded with fiber and everything good <– I sound so corny and yet I totally believe this is the best way to go!
Roasted Chickpeas & Fruit
Roasted chickpeas are simple to make and provide so, so much fiber! You truly cannot eat a lot of them but they’re a great back to school snack idea because they keep you so full! My favorite is salt and vinegar but sea salt, “cheddar” or a barbeque works too!
Roasted chickpeas are a killer replacement for sending along a bag of chips in your kids lunch 😉
Homemade Protein Bars
A complete sack if there ever was one! These bars have everything yummy in them and are nut free-so ideal for school! If your kid is a big eater, throw in a side of fruit with the bar for a perfect snack.
Cherry vanilla ones are delicious also, just sub in subbutter!
Classic Back To School Snacks- Veggies & Hummus
This one is ideal but only if your kid isn’t a messy dipper 😛 Grab one of the pre-made hummus or avocado packs (I get mind at Costco) and you’ve got such an easy back to school snack!
We almost always have cut up veggies in the fridge (and bot my girls are obsessed with cherry tomatoes and peppers) so this makes for a super speedy, I forgot to pack something snack idea.
Fruit & Trailmix or Granola
While you can easily make your own granola or trail mix, if you’re in a rush just throw the following into a container and call it trail mix:
Dried goji berries
Easy peasy. If you’re feeling fancy you can also whip up these nut free granola bars. Loaded with healthy, filling seeds they’re delicious and perfectly nourishing.
If you want easy back to school snacks, muffins are a staple! But typical store-bought ones are loaded with some not amazing ingredients (like crazy excess sugar and unhealthy fats). I refer to store bought muffins to cupcakes actually.
Instead, whip up a double batch, store them in the freezer and pull them out for the day. I personally like muffins in which I have hidden veggies in– that way I know my girls are getting extra nutrients!
These morning glory muffins are a new favorite of ours and I’ve started whipping them up in batches of three. Use Sunbutter for almond butter and pumpkin seeds for pecans. But I love these because they contain so many freaking nutrients. I made them this summer and can’t wait to pack them because I know they’ll be one of the best back to school snacks.
While we joke about kids having never ending energy, they still need a fuel pick me up.
Energy bars and balls pack a nice hit of fuel while still having enough fats or proteins to stabilize the sugar high. These lemon blueberry are a favorite of mine. Though they do contain nuts, it’s easy enough t sub out the nuts for extra oats.
You can read more about how to make energy bars and balls in this blog post here
Back To School Snacks -Chocolate Pudding
Yup, you read that right! Be the cool mom and send chocolate pudding for a back to school snack… healthy chocolate pudding!
They are however, delicious and utterly healthy. Plus, you can buy pudding cups to make it look more legit ?
Sending easy back to school snacks doesn’t mean they have to be boring.
Believe it or not, you can totally make banana bread healthy! And what kid doesn’t love a slice of banana bread for a snack?? This banana bread is sugar free making it a pretty great snack or treat for your kids.
Smiley Apples & Sunbutter Celery Boats
So, I totally used to think that moms that made their kids stuff like this were dorks. And now I am one. Ugh, kids really do make you hypocrites!
But this is one of the best back to school snacks! It’s easy to crunch on and so healthy!
Just smear some sunbutter between two apple slices and top with shredded coconut. Place the sliced together so it’s no sticky.
For the celery, place some sunbutter down the middle and top with coconut and raisins. It’s yummy!
Yes, cookies made the list. No, I don’t think kids should get cookies all the time. Buuuuttt I also know how hard it is when all the other kids have sweets and you don’t. So, cookies.
My daughter totally gets cookies, they’re just a healthier version. These trail mix cookies are easily my favorite because there is just so much good in them!
These cookies do have nuts in them so sub the walnuts for extra seeds and the almond butter for sunbutter. Voila. Amazingly healthy cookies full of fiber, fuel and everything good.
No Thinking, Easy Back To School Snacks
Now, for those times when you need a time out from being a mom and thinking of all this crap (yes, let’s all admit those times happen!) there are still healthy & fast options!
✔Fruit and veg with cheese is always a win- what is it with kids and cheese?! Though make sure you purchase a quality cheese if you can to get maximum benefits.
✔Food pouches! They say for six months up but my daughter still loves them. When we’re in a rush it’s an easy go to.
I prefer ones with a stabilizer in them (quinoa, yogurt etc.) versus straight veg/fruit but they have some awesome concoctions and they’re great in a pinch. My favorite brand is Love Child but work with what you can. Perfect when you want to turn your mind off.
That said, you can also buy your own reusable food pouches and make smoothies for your little one to bring! But I guess that involves thinking haha
✔ Store bought bars. Every so often I totally rely on store bought bars for back to school snack ideas. I am however, picky on the bar.
Don’t forget to pin these great back to school snacks!
Having healthy back to school snacks on hand isn’t always easy but with a little planning it can be done! Make big batches, freeze and save your sanity where you can. These healthy snacks are pretty simple to whip up and will help your kids stay fueled, focused and healthy.