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Back to School: Heathy Snack Options

In one week my daughter will start first grade (gulp) so I have been thinking about all of the healthy options for her snacks and lunches at school. Please share some of your favorites as well

Snacks and Sides Ideas…..

Fruit:

  • You can provide them whole, sliced or in shapes. Some of our favorites are plums, peaches, orange segments, apple slices (roll in a bit of lime juice to maintain freshness), grapes, watermelon chunks, blueberries, strawberries, pear cubes, pineapple, raisins, apricots, applesauce
  • Make fruit kabobs and fruit salads

Vegetables:

  • Carrots, celery, broccoli, cauliflower, cherry toms, pickles, cucumbers, red pepper slices.
  • Salads-make mini versions and dress ahead time with a spritz of vinegar and olive oil:

Muffins: Make large batches and freeze them. Then you can toss one in the lunch box in the morning and it will be ready for lunch.

Miscellaneous:

  • Mini quiches
  • Popcorn
  • Cheese and Crackers
  • Mini cracker sandwiches
  • Make their own Snack Mix
  • Baked regular or tortilla Chips
  • Organic Snack Bars  
  • Pretzels
  • Cereal in a bag
  • Graham Crackers
  • Cheese-string or cut up our own and can even freeze and place in the a.m.
  • Rice Cakes (but watch for artificial flavors)
  • Dips: ranch, vinegar, hummus, yogurt, sour cream, salsa, bean dip, tzatziki, peanut butter, pesto
  • Sunflower and/or Pumpkin Seeds are often allowed at school with nut restrictions

Read here for Main Dish Lunch Box Ideas

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