School season is officially here, so parents are starting to research all the fun snack ideas they could pack for their little ones while at school. While grocery shopping for back-to-school snacks could be overwhelming, it doesn’t have to be that way if you know which options suit your kids. In this roundup, you’ll find some of the most nutritious and non-boring snack options your children will get excited about trying in between classes, which will power your children throughout their school day.
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#1: Hummus-Based Snack Ideas
One of the most nutritious snacks to pack for your kids is hummus. This famous Middle Eastern dip is made of simple ingredients; it’s delicious, contains zero sugar, and adds flavor to any vegetable you are trying to make your child eat while at school.
Grab your favorite hummus flavor (mine is Sabra’s Classic Hummus) to create these quick and fun-to-eat snacks for a back-to-school lunchbox:
- Hummus avocado toast is not only for Millennials: kids love it too! You can get creative by adding different toppings to the toast, from Everything The Bagel Seasoning from Amazon to lox and eggs or even salsa.
- Hummus is a perfect substitute if you want to pack healthier deviled eggs. Instead of mayo, mix hummus with the yolk and combine two halves for ease of transportation.
- Pitas and hummus are a classy snack combo that you could easily make more fun for kids by shaping pitas with a cookie cutter. Go for hearts, rounds, and stars. Pre-spread some hummus in the middle, making the snack easy to grab and enjoy.
- Hummus “pizza” is a thing, and it’s super easy to make! Cut pitas in quarters and spread some hummus on top. Add goat cheese and sun-dried tomatoes to make the snack look like pizzas — your kids would love this fun-looking and yummy-tasting snack.
- “Sushi” rolls with hummus are snacks where you can hide some veggies and protein for your picky eaters. Grab flour or corn tortilla and spread hummus on top of it. Add protein like oven-roasted turkey breast and some greens. Roll your “sushi” and cut it into small easy-to-grab pieces.
#2: Yogurt-Based Snack Ideas
When it comes to snacking at school, high-protein snacks are the way to go as they provide energy and keep your children full for a long time. Yogurts are high in protein and taste delicious: everyone can find a flavor they enjoy. And if you get creative with how you prepare and serve your kids’ favorite yogurt, it might become their favorite back-to-school snack option.
These are just some of the ideas on how to bring a new twist to a yogurt-based snack:
- Parfait cups are cute and highly customizable. Put your kid’s favorite Yoplait yogurt flavor as a base, add fruits and berries on top, and sprinkle with some granola. Here comes a fresh and nutritious mid-day snack!
- Yogurt is an excellent base for a nutritious smoothie. If your children prefer liquid snacks, consider mixing fruits, vegetables, and berries with yogurt.
- Frozen yogurt bites taste exactly like ice cream but with less sugar and more protein. Use cupcake liners or ice cream jars with lids from Amazon to mix your yogurt with berries and fruits. Keep in the refrigerator for a few hours, and your yogurt-based “ice cream” is ready.
- Yogurt chia pudding is a fun twist to a milk-based option. This version contains more protein and has a thicker, richer texture your kids would love.
#3: Totino’s Pizza Rolls
Sometimes none of the food decoration and meal-prepping works, and all your children would eat is pizza. While a variety of snack options is what parents typically aim for, there is nothing terrible about kids loving a particular snack option. Frequently I hear from my friends with kids that Totinos Pizza Rolls are the only snacks their kids would finish at school. These bite-sized snacks come with different fillings: from cheese to pepperoni.
These are some of the ideas on how to make your children’s favorite pizza rolls even more exciting to snack on:
- Nacho pizza roll snacks are an excellent option for snackers who would only eat nachos for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. With this quick recipe, you are serving 15 grams of protein per portion!
- Salsa bean dip is a low-fat vegetarian option for kids that love dip-based snacks. Most importantly, you could pull this recipe off in ten minutes with just a few simple ingredients.
- Pizza roll casserole takes more time to prepare, but you could meal-prep it as a snack or lunch option for the entire family. Various recipes are available online, but the idea is to put Totinos Pizza Rolls on the bottom, add veggies and pasta sauce on top, and bake the dish with some cheese. It tastes so delicious — your little snackers would love the idea!
#4: Protein Bar Snack Ideas
A protein bar is a great snacking option when you are short on time, or your child won’t agree to bring a lunchbox to school (parents of teenagers would understand!).
Nature Valley is a kids-favorite protein bar brand because it offers many crunchy and chewy protein options children love. Packed with protein, these are some of the yummiest gluten-free snack options to check out:
- Salted Caramel Nut Protein Chewy Bars are so decadently flavored that your kids won’t believe it’s a protein bar and not a candy. These granola bars are made with whole grain oats, caramel, and roasted peanuts and offer 10 grams of protein per serving.
- Oat N Honey Crunchy Granola Bars have been a kids-favorite snack for years and still are. Something about this sweet and crunchy snack tastes so good that you can’t get enough of it. Most importantly, it’s a good source of energy: 22 grams of whole grain per serving.
If choosing organic products for your family, consider Cascadian Farm protein bars. The brand has many organic plant protein bar options that taste delicious and provide hours of energy for young snackers.
- Organic Oat and Honey Granola Bars are ideal for snackers allergic to peanuts. These delicious snacks are made in a peanut-free facility. They are gluten-free and made with organic whole grain oats.
- Organic Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Protein Bars offer 12 grams of organic plant protein per serving and taste so addictively delicious.
Larabar is a brand known for its 100%-natural approach to snacking. Larabar snacks are delicious and suitable for snackers who follow gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegan diets.
- Larabar Banana Bread contains just three ingredients and tastes like a real dessert with zero added sugar.
- Larabar Chocolate Chip Minis take no space in a backpack; these are healthy 100-calorie dessert options your kids would love.
#5: Last-Minute Snack Ideas
Running late and having no time to pack a snack for your kids? Keep a few of these options on hand for when you need to pack that last-minute snack:
- Sargento Balanced Breaks pre-packaged cheese snack options offer a variety of dried fruit, cheese, and nuts options are a balanced snack in between main meals that taste yummy and don’t take up too much space in a bag.
- Naked Juice Smoothies are full of nutrients and vitamins your children would need throughout the day. From classic all-fruits-and-veggies recipes to the newest protein blends, everyone will find the Naked Juice flavor they enjoy.
Getting ready for the back-to-school season could be stressful and expensive, but it doesn’t have to be that way. If you know some shopping tricks, you could save money and earn gift cards while shopping for back-to-school snacks. To do so, download the Fetch app and start snapping receipts. You will make at least 25 reward points with every receipt snap, and even much more when you shop Special Offers in the app. Earn more of what you love to shop for, as you can convert these points into free gift cards to popular stores like Amazon, Target, and CVS. Shop for snacks and save money — isn’t it an ideal scenario?