15 Easy Kid-Approved Snacks to start the new school year off on the right foot. Put them in lunch boxes or serve them at home as after school treats!
If you have kids, and if they are anything like my two boys, they come home from school STARVING, even after I’ve packed a nutritious snack and lunch. I’ve made sure that I do pack them a sufficient meal but they are growing boys with seemingly insatiable appetites. There is always room for improvement when it comes to snacks and lunchbox or after school treats!
When I asked the Sunday Supper Tastemakers for snack recipes for lunch boxes or after school, I was rewarded with a plethora of ideas. The school my kids attend requires parents to send in individual snacks in grades PreKindergarten through 5th. Although mine are now both in middle school, I still send a snack in their backpacks for between class. It’s a long time between breakfast and lunch and good nutrition feeds the brain. Need some inspiration? Check out this list of 15 easy kid-approved snacks:
- Speaking of brain food, kids can avoid the mid-morning “sleepies” with a snack of no-bake dark chocolate dreams energy bites from The Chef Next Door. Sarah offers some suggestions for variations so the possibilities are endless. These are easily portable and will provide a burst of energy.
- Honey Oat Bars from Magnolia Days are also easily packed into a lunch or snack. Just enough sweetness from the honey and Renee says the butterscotch chips will remind you of an oatmeal scotchies cookie.
- Another favorite snack is popcorn. So it doesn’t go stale, I pop a package in the microwave in the morning and divvy up portions for each child and sprinkle on a favorite topping.
- Kristen, the Mom behind the blog Dizzy Busy and Hungry, shared this recipe for lunchbox s’mores. It’s a brilliant take on a summer favorite. Not only a great idea and easy to pull together in the morning but a delicious treat too. Her version is made with a hazelnut spread but substituting chocolate spread would comply with some schools’ “no nut” policies.
- For a sweet lunchbox or after school treat Mimi’s Monster Cookies from Carlee at Cooking with Carlee are chock full of favorites including M&Ms, peanut butter and chocolate chips.
- Some allergy friendly snacks include apple chips and gluten-free, no-bake s’mores granola bars (see #7). No dehydrator necessary for the healthy apple chips from Cricket’s Confections. Cricket thinly slices an apple, adds a tasty sprinkle of spices and bakes them in the oven. Slip into a lunchbox or save for an after school snack. A great accompaniment to a sandwich and far healthier than potato chips.
- The no-bake s’mores granola bars from Serena Bakes Simply from Scratch will make enough for the whole family for a few days. Definitely healthier and probably more economical than store-bought, wrap individually in parchment to pack for a snack.
- If the weekend has gotten away from me and I’ve not had time to make a snack, I will toss together a bit of favorite cereal, mini M&Ms, Goldfish crackers and pretzels. Other yummy things to include could be carob chips, yogurt pretzels, cheese crackers or whatever is in your pantry.
- Crunchy granola bars are a popular, easy snack and Dorothy’s crunchy granola bars on her blog, Shockingly Delicious, may just turn you off to the store bought kind.
- Everything to make my cake mix snickerdoodles is probably in your pantry and fridge right now. No cake mix? Try Aunt Deborah’s snickerdoodles. Make either recipe over the weekend for a week’s worth of cookies.
- Who wouldn’t love monkey bread made with peanut butter and jam? Reward your kids (and yourself!) with this wonderful snack from Grumpy’s Honeybunch after the first day of school. You’ve earned it!
- My boys personally love the original Chex mix. This was a snack my Mom always made during the holidays. I make it year round for school snacks. It also makes a great road trip snack. Nowadays there are so many recipes for different Chex mix combinations that they suit any taste including gluten- and nut-free options.
- If you are looking to slip a few veggies in, try these great Cinnamon Zucchini Brownies from Cindy’s Recipes and Writings. So good that your kids won’t suspect a thing.
- Recently I dipped washed and dried blueberries in vanilla yogurt and put them in the freezer. Instant hit with the boys. This treat is perfect for a hot day but they must be kept in the freezer or the yogurt will melt off. Pull them from the freezer and enjoy after a long, hard day at school or work.
- It’s a great idea to freeze grapes too. Frozen green grapes are a refreshing treat on hot days and also help keep your lunch and snack chilled.
I’d love to hear your easy kid-approved snack ideas! What keeps your kids going all day? Can you believe it’s already time for a new school year?!