Healthy School Snacks
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.
- 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
- 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
- Caesar salad wih dressing on the side, whole wheat croutons
- Greek salad: romaine lettuce, green/red diced peppers, cherry tomatoes, chopped cucumber, feta cheese and dressing on the side
- Cobb salad: lettuce, hard-boiled egg, lean ham and low fat cheese; dressing on the side
- Bean burritos: whole wheat tortilla, low-fat refried beans or black beans, low-fat shredded cheese and salsa
- Whole wheat pita triangles with black bean dip
- Whole wheat mini bagel, low-fat flavored cream cheese and sliced fruit
- BLT: Turkey bacon, lettuce and tomato on whole wheat bread
- Whole wheat pita pockets filled with grilled chicken and veggies or lettuce and tomato
- Celery sticks with peanut butter and raisins
- Low sodium vegetable soup
- Bow-tie pasta salad with veggies
- Pasta and shrimp salad
- Tuna salad and wheat thins
- Ham, turkey and low-fat cheese roll ups
- Mini corn dogs
- Chicken fingers
- Hard-boiled eggs
- Mini whole-grain waffles
- Banana or blueberry muffins
- Whole grain tortilla chips and salsa
- Low-fat cheese cubes and grapes
- Peanut butter and jelly on whole wheat bread
- Cherry tomatoes with mini mozzarella balls
- Low-fat yogurt with sliced fruit or granola
- Trail mix: mini pita chips, mini pretzels, mini chocolate chips, walnuts, cashews, almonds, whole wheat Chex cereal
- Dried fruit mix: apple, pineapple, raisins, dried cranberries, dried mango
- Whole grain Chex cereal with dried fruit
- Pretzel sticks
- Goldfish crackers
- Nuts: pistachios, pecans, walnuts, sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds
- Pita chips and hummus
- Flavored rice cakes
- Protein and energy bars
- Granola bars
- Unsweetened cereal
- Baked chips
- Low-fat string cheese
- Greek yogurt
- Low-fat yogurt
- Sugar-free gelatin
- Whole fruit; such as bananas and apples
- Cottage cheese
- Animal crackers with peanut butter
- Unsweetened fruit or vegetable juice
- 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.