Top 10 Healthy Snacks that You Can Pack in Kids School
by Jennifer Cummings, M.Ed.
Top 10 Healthy Snacks that You Can Pack in Kids School Lunches
More and more schools are getting into the habit of allowing students of all ages to have snacks during the day. Research has suggested that students who are allowed to have healthy snacks during the day perform better in school, especially those students who may not have had the opportunity to have breakfast. However, though snacks are good nutrition for youngsters, they can be a real headache for mom and dad!
So here is a list of 10 healthy snack ideas that require minimal preparation and have great kid appeal
1. Sliced and washed fruit including: mango, apples, pears, kiwi, grapes, strawberries, blueberries peaches, cherries, and cantaloupe. Pack these in disposable containers that kids can toss after using, or use heavy-duty aluminum foil to make a care package.
2. Crackers and peanut butter and jelly. Peanut butter crackers can be dry, so try using a little jelly to sweeten the pot.
3. String cheese usually comes pre-packaged in individual servings and is a good source of calcium.
4. Plain popcorn travels well, is fun to eat, and provides a healthy pick-me-up for kids. Avoid heavily buttered and salted varieties, though.
5. Veggie-mania! Kids like veggies they can eat with their fingers, so baby carrots, sliced cucumbers, and grape tomatoes are all yummy. Try adding a small container of low-fat dip to make kids want to eat even more.
6. Graham crackers are a crunchy alternative to cookies. There are many different flavors, from traditional to chocolate.
7. Yogurt is a good source of nutrition and comes complete is its own container. Add a plastic spoon, and you’re good to go!
8. Bologna and cheese wraps. Take 2 pieces of bologna, put one piece of cheese on each. Roll each pair into a wrap, and cover with foil. This gives 2 quick, fun snacks that kids love.
9. Granola bars are easy to carry, especially on field trips. These require no refrigeration and are easy to eat. Look for lower fat varieties for the best healthy kick.
10. Roasted nuts are a great source of protein and other nutrients. Choose almonds, walnuts, hazelnuts, or whatever strikes your fancy.
As with anything, it’s important to be savvy about what your kids like and what they’ll eat. No one wants to waste food by packing something their kids won’t eat. So know your kids- if there is something that seems a little odd, but is easy to eat and healthy, pack it for them! Creativity is key when getting kids to eat healthy for any reason.
Also, be aware of the needs of your child’s classmates. In some schools, there are strict regulations about nut-based products due to student allergies. Be aware of the policies in your child’s class. Encourage kids not to share snacks or other food with classmates unless it’s approved by a teacher. What is healthy for your child may not be good for someone else.
Be creative and have fun with your child’s food. Snack time is a way to bring a little bit of home right into school! Happy snacking!
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"I believe that families' involvement in their child's education is one of the key ingredients to creating a successful school experience for children. Keeping parents informed about school-related issues helps parents and teachers work together for the best possible outcomes for their children. Learning together makes learning fun - for everyone!" - Jennifer Cummings.
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