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Nutritious Snacks to Pack the Kids for School

healthy school snacksI love the summer, but I’m always a little relieved when school starts again. Finally, some routine we can all get used to! Now that the kids are back in school, it’s time to start packing lunches again. I try to pack the healthy stuff, but it seems cookies and other unhealthy stuff always ends up in their lunch bags. This year I’ve vowed to pack healthy lunches. Here are some back to school snacks your kids will love.

1. Yogurt Parfaits

My kids are not big fans of plain yogurt. To them it tastes boring and truthfully, I think it does too. One way that I try to incorporate yogurt into their diet is by making parfaits. I like to add yummy berries, fruits and granola so that they are getting tons of nutrition in this snack. The kids seem to love them and they aren’t too hard to make!

2.  Turkey on Whole Wheat

When your child is busy running around at school all day long, they are going to need their protein. One way that I know my kids will get plenty of protein is by packing them turkey or chicken sandwiches. I always make them on whole wheat bread, with fresh tomatoes, avocado and lettuce. The avocado not only adds great taste, but it’s also a superfood!

3. Cheese Strings

When it comes to morning snack time, my kids always tell me that they are never that hungry. Since they ask for smaller snacks at that time, I’ve come accustomed to giving them cheese sticks for their morning snacks. It’s very nutritional, and it holds them over until lunch! The best part: they’re easy to eat and no one makes a mess.

4. Apples and Peanut Butter

If your kid has a sweet tooth, this is the best snack to pack for them.  Peanut butter is one of those things that tastes amazing and has nutritional value. The protein packed in peanut butter will be great for your busy bee child. Add apples to the mix and you’ve now covered protein and fruit in one sitting! It might be a bit messy for little kids, so only pack this for those who can keep themselves clean.

5. Granola

Kids need carbs a lot more than we do, so it’s important that at some point each day they get a big helping of energy. If they don’t, those little bodies are going to burn through their reserve and leave them drowsy and sluggish in the evening when we need to get them ready for the next day. Granola (either as a bar or mix) is a great solution. If you’re creative, you can also add dried fruit.

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