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Healthy School Snacks

Updated on October 8, 2012
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In just a few short weeks, children here in Florida, will be returning to school and the rush will begin. Getting up early, preparing lunches, doing homework, and going to after school activities will be part of their routine.

Making sure our children eat well and get a healthy lunch and after school snack are sometimes tough to manage. With a little bit of preparation, these snacks will save you time and money and kids will certainly appreciate having something they enjoy eating.

Using small plastic containers that you can later wash and reuse is an easy and inexpensive way to send your child the snack he or she loves. You can take one small plastic container, like the one shown; fill it with water and then freeze. This will serve as an ice pack to keep your snacks cool. Once the snacks are gone, throw out the melted ice, wash and reuse.

Cool snacks can be made the night before and dry snacks can be prepared up to a week before using.

Here are the 50 top healthy snacks that kids love. Serve them for lunch, afternoon snack, or anyime you need something quick and on the go.

  1. Fruit cubes: Cut any kind of fruit into small square pieces. Some favorite fruits: Mango, papaya, watermelon, cantaloupe, blackberries, kiwi, strawberries, blueberries, grapes, peaches, pears and pineapple
  2. Veggies: Sliced or julienne vegetables with low-fat salad dressing or yogurt. Some favorite veggies: Green, red, and yellow peppers, broccoli and cauliflower florets, celery, radishes, cucumber, zucchini, cherry tomatoes and mini baby carrots
  3. Caesar salad wih dressing on the side, whole wheat croutons
  4. Greek salad: romaine lettuce, green/red diced peppers, cherry tomatoes, chopped cucumber, feta cheese and dressing on the side
  5. Cobb salad: lettuce, hard-boiled egg, lean ham and low fat cheese; dressing on the side
  6. Bean burritos: whole wheat tortilla, low-fat refried beans or black beans, low-fat shredded cheese and salsa
  7. Whole wheat pita triangles with black bean dip
  8. Whole wheat mini bagel, low-fat flavored cream cheese and sliced fruit
  9. BLT: Turkey bacon, lettuce and tomato on whole wheat bread
  10. Whole wheat pita pockets filled with grilled chicken and veggies or lettuce and tomato
  11. Celery sticks with peanut butter and raisins
  12. Low sodium vegetable soup
  13. Bow-tie pasta salad with veggies
  14. Pasta and shrimp salad
  15. Tuna salad and wheat thins
  16. Ham, turkey and low-fat cheese roll ups
  17. Mini corn dogs
  18. Chicken fingers
  19. Hard-boiled eggs
  20. Mini whole-grain waffles
  21. Banana or blueberry muffins
  22. Whole grain tortilla chips and salsa
  23. Low-fat cheese cubes and grapes
  24. Peanut butter and jelly on whole wheat bread
  25. Cherry tomatoes with mini mozzarella balls
  26. Low-fat yogurt with sliced fruit or granola
  27. Trail mix: mini pita chips, mini pretzels, mini chocolate chips, walnuts, cashews, almonds, whole wheat Chex cereal
  28. Dried fruit mix: apple, pineapple, raisins, dried cranberries, dried mango
  29. Whole grain Chex cereal with dried fruit
  30. Granola
  31. Popcorn
  32. Pretzel sticks
  33. Goldfish crackers
  34. Nuts: pistachios, pecans, walnuts, sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds
  35. Pita chips and hummus
  36. Flavored rice cakes
  37. Protein and energy bars
  38. Granola bars
  39. Unsweetened cereal
  40. Baked chips
  41. Low-fat string cheese
  42. Greek yogurt
  43. Low-fat yogurt
  44. Sugar-free gelatin
  45. Applesauce
  46. Whole fruit; such as bananas and apples
  47. Cottage cheese
  48. Animal crackers with peanut butter
  49. Unsweetened fruit or vegetable juice
  50. Graham or oatmeal cookies with low-fat milk

You can also make a variety of sandwiches using healthy breads and lean meats. Use cookie cutters to make fun and appealing snacks.

Good luck this school year and make it a fun and successful one.

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      Barbara Sloan 4 years ago from Miami, Florida

      Thank you wabash annie.

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      wabash annie 4 years ago from Colorado Front Range

      I worked in a school for years ... thanks so much for writing a Hub on nutrition for children and their lunches. This is such an important issue!!

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      Barbara Sloan 4 years ago from Miami, Florida

      First Grade is such a wonderful time for kids. Thank you MargaritaEden.

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      MargaritaEden 4 years ago from Oregon

      Love this hub, so many wonderful healthy lunch and snack ideas, so practical for me and my first grader :) Thank you for the great tips!

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      Ruchi Urvashi 5 years ago from Singapore

      Nutritious snacks for children. I am loving it..