Back to School Snack Guide

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Back to School Snack Guide

It’s that time of year again….time for backpacks and books, homework and extracurricular activities. It’s also time for Moms, Dads and other caregivers to start planning healthy snacks. But coming up with snack ideas that are nutritional enough to support healthy development and power your little one’s brain while also passing the “taste test” of picky eaters can be quite a challenge. The good news is, there are plenty of options available to you that are both quick and easy to prepare and that will have your little ones begging for more!

Portable Snacks

One reason preparing snacks for school is so challenging is because they have to be small and sturdy enough to be transported in a lunchbox. Before you give in and grab that single-size bag of potato chips, why not try one of these nutritious and totally portable pickings:

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roasted-chickpeas
myfitnesspal_chocolate-peanutbutter-bites

Pro Tip: If your child has a peanut allergy, there are plenty of substitutes that will still work well, including spreads made from seeds or other alternative nuts. For instance, try almond butter, sun butter or cashew butter.

Dunkable Dips

For a fun, more interactive snacking experience, there are plenty of snack ideas that will make your kiddos the envy of the lunchroom. And no, we’re not talking about salty chips and high-calorie dips. We’re talking real, healthy – and more importantly, irresistibly yummy – options, like the following:

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simple-hummus
black-bean-chocolate-dip

Pro Tip: For dunkable treats and other combo snacks, invest in containers that feature separate sections, or simply use sturdy, sealable plastic bags to help keep your little one’s lunchbox neat and spill-free.

As a parent or caregiver, it’s your job to ensure the children in your care are eating foods that will help keep them healthy and strong, both mentally and physically. These creative snack ideas are quick and simple to prepare, easy to transport and – most importantly – incredibly delicious.