One of the toughest transitions that we have gone through, when school started full day for our family, was the lunch transition. Moving from eating lunches at home to eating lunch 5 days a week at school was more difficult than I thought. My C loves a good hot lunch. She is not a lunch meat girl and certainly not a girl that takes well to change (she takes after her mama), especially when it comes to food.
We have faired pretty well with the main course meal though in the near future I’d like to begin branching out a bit more. She generally will take a cheese quesadilla or a PBJ sandwich and then she buys lunch once a week. Now on the snack end, though we have a million possiblities choosing, some of those options get old after a while. I took to pinterest and spent some time brainstorming some healthy and natural lunch snack ideas that were (here’s the kicker) super easy!:)
What do you pack for a snack in your kids lunch?
1. Fresh fruit – Often I will pack strawberries, blueberries, grapes, banana, or a clementine.
2. Baby carrots or other finger food veggies (cucumbers, celery, broccoli, etc.)
3. Crunchies – Dried vegetables. These come in a bunch of flavors including Buttery Sweet Corn, and BBQ Veggie (which has peas in them) and is a fun way to spice it up (no pun intended;)
5. Cookies – I am not afraid of the homemade cookie in my kids lunch at all. It is nice to get a special treat! Ben’s choco chip are top notch…
6. Homemade Applesauce in a Sili Squeeze or other squeezable pouch. I love the idea of being able to reuse these and they clean easy too!
7. Organicasaurus Cheese Puffs – I was introduced to these
bad good boys at the Natural Products Expo East and they are a great thing to add into a school lunch and feel good about!
8. Multigrain Cheerio and Cranberry Treats – Check out my post on Homemade Healthy Snacks for Little Ones for tips on how to make these delicious treats! Best ever…think rice krispie treats yet different.
9. Homemade Fruit Snacks – I have yet to try these but need to for sure as I am sure C would love them!
10. Dried cranberries or raisins
11. Cheddar Bunnies (we like Annie’s)
13. Homemade Energy Bites – we don’t make these a lot in our house because most recipes have PB (if you find one that doesn’t I’d LOVE it!) but we have in the past and they were a hit! Here are some from Wholesome Mommy.
15. Cheese squares
16. Hummus (plain if you are like me, or with veggies:)
17. Trailmix – Make up a big batch by mixing cheerios, dried cranberries, nuts (if there are no allergies), and maybe a few yogurt covered raisins for a surprise.
18. Popcorn – YUM!
19. Apple Chips – I have yet to try these but my kids adore apples and I think the would really like these. Here is a recipe I found.
20. Roasted Chickpeas – These sound like an excellent way to give crunch to something super healthy! GO plant protein!
21. Veggie Chips – Kale Chips, Tomato Chips, Sweet Potato Chips…you name it, these are so easy to make a big batch of and then eat all week long!
What are your favorite healthy snacks to put in a lunch box or have around the house?
My friend Sherry from Superexhausted shares some GREAT healthy snack ideas on her blog too. Be sure to check these out too!