Top 10 Healthy and Fun Back-To-School Snacks

Beach days, humid nights and sun-soaked faces are past us. Reality is setting in that school is near. Parents everywhere are dusting off their schedules and preparing for children to return to school. Long school days are in our future and we can all feel the anticipation building.

I don’t know about you, but some of my household’s biggest back-to-school challenges (aside from homework!) aren’t outfits or hygiene – it is food! I have picky eaters who also love sugar. This year I am determined to get them snacking right and without a fight. Check out our below list for some of the best fun and healthy snack options around this school-year.

fruit kabobs
photo courtesy of Wegmans Food Markets

1. Fruit kabobs

Get creative with these adorably healthy and fun snacks. Pick your kiddo’s favorite fruits, then cube and skewer. Pro tip: prepare for the week by cutting up all of your fruit in one bowl on Sunday. Squeeze in a couple extra minutes of quality time together and assemble these skewers together each morning

fruit parfaits

2. Fruit parfaits

Use some of the fruit you cubed up from the fruit kabobs in another fun way – fruit parfaits! A flavorful step up – pair your child’s favorite fruits with their favorite yogurt. We are obsessed with Oui, by Yoplait, but really any kind of yogurt works. For added fiber and a special crunch, sprinkle a bit of chia and flax seeds on top. If those aren’t your child’s thing, any type of granola will win you the same kid-approved smiles.

chocolate hummus

3. Chocolate hummus

Get ready for a Parent-of-the-year award with this winner. Chocolate hummus is a healthy snack, that tastes far from it. In fact, it tastes more like brownie batter, and your kids are sure to love it. Sneak in a healthy serving of protein while giving the kids a bit of the sweetness they crave. Add pretzel sticks, apple slices or strawberries for them to dip and call it a win-win for you both!

plantain chips

4. Plantain chips

If your kids love crunch, but you are tired of sending in greasy potato chips, this snack is for you. Plantains are a great source of fiber, vitamins (A, C, and B-6), and minerals (magnesium and potassium). Studies have shown that this vegetable helps regulate the digestive system, as well as boost the immune system. Combine those benefits with a sweet crunch and you have a great new snack for school.

pJazzed up applesauce

5. Jazzed up applesauce

Applesauce is an age-old kid-snack in the snack closet. Sadly, if your kids are anything like mine, they don’t like the unsweetened (therefore healthier) “plain” version. How can we possibly jazz the applesauce up and get them to eat it without a ton of added sugar? Easy. I pair a snack-size applesauce with a little bag of “mix-ins”. Just add cinnamon, nutmeg, raisins, and some granola in a baggie and send it along in their snack bag. This plain, old snack just became an irresistibly yummy treat.

Protein Packs

6. Protein Packs

Protein, protein, protein. Keep those kiddos fuller, longer with a big dose of protein. Pair a bit of pepperoni, rolled up deli meat with a cheese stick or some cubed cheese for a snack that will keep kids satiated on those long school days. Go the distance and add even more protein with some almonds, or for a nut-free option, sunflower seeds. Adding this into the snack routine will definitely help curb any after-school cravings.

Power Protein Balls
photo courtesy of Get Petite Allergy Treats

7. Power balls

(nut butters, oats, flax seeds, chia seeds, chocolate chips)

These are seriously delicious and the perfect power-packed mix to get the kiddos through those first few long days back to school. Chocked-full of protein, fiber, omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants, you wouldn’t expect them to taste so good – but they do. With a small amount of chocolate chips added, the kids will think they are getting one over on you, but the real story is you just snuck a bunch of super healthy stuff into their bellies. Give yourself a pat on the back!

Granola Mixes

8. Granola mixes

Whether mixed into something or on its own, home-made or store-bought – this stuff needs to make its way into lunch boxes more often this season. With oats high in fiber and iron, and seeds and nuts giving kids a good source of protein and good fats, fill up the lunch boxes and you will both be smiling. Be sure to select or make a granola with a low added sugar content and without puffed rice. Those are quick to negate the other benefits of this lovely medley.

homemade pudding

9. Home-made pudding

Lip-smacking good. That’s all we have to say about this one. OK…maybe just a bit more. Pudding is a staple in any kid’s lunch box. Making your own pudding is a boat-load of fun and a healthier option. Give the kids a dose of calcium to keep those bones strong, and remove the side of preservatives that come in most pre-packaged snacks. Trust us, your kids give their stamp of approval on your home-made option over the store-bought, any day.

Banana Ice Cream

10. Banana ice cream

Not all snacks have to be for the classroom. Save this one for the house. Even better? Make this one together and tailor it to each person’s favorite flavors. This dairy-free, potassium filled treat really hits the spot without all of the added sugar. Whip this together in a food processor, add your favorite flavors, freeze and enjoy. Peanut butter, jelly, and banana ice cream? Yes, please!

Once you try these out, leave me a comment to let me know which one is your favorite. Better yet – if you have any updates to these recipes, please share them. The more minds contributing getting our kids to eat healthier, the better!

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1 thought on “Top 10 Healthy and Fun Back-To-School Snacks

It would be nice for some of these suggestions to actually have a recipe or instructions. Where might i find that?


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