5 Snacks to Keep Your Kids Going Strong During the School Day

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It’s almost time to start packing lunches again! It’s almost time to start packing snacks again, too!

Let me tell you that I stressed as much about snacks as I did about lunches. We had to send in a bag of snacks every week for our kids to eat. I wanted to send healthy snacks, because I knew that eating two oreos every day was not going to be good for anyone (his teacher, his Mama, or his dentist! haha!)

I had to get creative!

Today I am going to share 5 creative snack and lunch ideas for your kids:

1- Del Monte Fruit Burst Squeezers. This was a no-brainer!

Del Monte Fruit Burst

I think that I have these with me all day. I keep them in my purse, my diaper bag, at home, at my mom’s house… you name it- I’m sure I can find one there!

I used to send these for snacks all of the time!
I sent them to the church nursery with our one year old.
I sent them to preschool with our 3 and 5 year olds (in their lunch boxes).
I sent them for snack time with our 7 year old. They were a hit!

(I may have been known to have a few as my own little snack… shh…)

Del Monte Fruit Burst StrawberryP.S. – These are the perfect snack to keep your toddler busy while you are grocery shopping!

2- Plastic Fruit Cups – again: easy, healthy solution.

Del Monte Pineapple Coconut

I can send them in their lunch boxes and I also keep them for the kids to have as an after-school snack. There is a huge variety, so the kids like them.

3- Popcorn


It is easy to pack in a little baggie. I can add flavors to it (sprinkle a little flavoring on it to change it up a bit. You can try garlic powder, or cinnamon & sugar, or even my favorite… Parmesan cheese.)

4- Peanut Butter Banana Muffins

Peanut Butter Banana Muffins

These are a really great muffin to have on hand with 10.3 grams of protein. I just keep them in a air-tight storage container and they are gone in a day. I often have to double and even triple recipes in our house if I want things to last for more than a day or two.

5- For a little treat, I add in these HEALTHY Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies.

Chocolate Chip Cookies

This is my favorite cookie recipe! We make them once every week. I have actually started doubling the recipe because our family eats them so quickly! These Healthy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies only have 80 calories per cookie and this cookie is much healthier than most. We love it!

Making cookies together is just a way that our family bonds in the kitchen, taking turns, learning math and science in our real-life baking experiments. The kids love to open their lunch boxes or snack bags to see homemade cookies waiting for them.

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