6 Lunch Box #Snacks that the Kids will <3 #lunchbox

lunch box - fruit and cheese snacksOne of the things I see parents struggle with around this time of year is picking  snacks that are as quick to pack as they are nourishing to eat. Something that’s really important when it comes to keeping our little Einsteins fuelled and alert throughout the day.

 

So here’s a list of some of my favourite lunch box snacks:

  1. fruit

    fresh fruit is nature’s original snack as it’s perfectly packaged to travel, especially fruits like apples, bananas, peaches, plums, pears, oranges, grapes… you get the idea :) But if you or your kids want to slice and dip, lunch box snacks - trailmixthen nut butters (know your school’s policy on these) and cheeses (cottage or cream) are great sides as well. Dried (like raisins, figs, dates, apricots) and canned fruit (packed in 100% juice) are also good snacking choices.

  2. nuts

    roasted and lightly seasoned or as butters nuts (and seeds) are a snack with staying power. Make your own trail mix by adding dried fruit and cereal, or use the butters as a dip with fresh fruit/veggies (apples, bananas, celery) or whole grain crackers/bread.

  3. lunch box snacks - yogurt

    dairy

    yogurt, cheese, milk, laban…. many of these can be found in individual serving sizes and are an excellent way to ensure your little one is building healthy bones and teeth plus much more.  By the way I am a very strong advocate of whole organic homogenized dairy products when possible… unless it’s cheese/cream than low fat is OK :)

  4. whole grains

    lunch box snacks - annies cheddar bunniesas crackers (Annie’s and Goldfish are good choices), or granola (like Jordan’s and Kind), in cereal bars (Quacker’s Chewy bars aren’t bad) or even in the form of bread for sandwiches – remember snacks can also simply be smaller sized meals (e.g. a sandwich made with one slice of bread as opposed to two) or things like dosa, idli, sushi…

  5. lunch box snacks - snappea crisps

    vegetables

    carrots, celery, broccoli on their own or with dips are surprisingly a big hit with kids, and don’t forget dehydrated/freeze dried veggies like snappea crisps… you can also make them at home or buy them in bulk from any organic grocery store like Whole Foods, Sprouts, Fresh Market :)

  6. legumes

    lunch box - saffron road chrunchy chickpea snacksthis is just a fancy word for beans… and while they may not seem like something kids would reach for, don’t underestimate the tastiness of this  group of protein packed foods. For example, chickpeas can be eaten as hummus or roasted and seasoned to a delicious crispiness and what about edamame,  or another variation – soy nuts, lentil or bean chips…mmmm

lunch box snacks - celery-and-peanut-butterAnd combining these 6 items (as I’ve tried to do for you) will give you endless snack options: dried fruit, nuts and/or  cereals= trail mix, milk goes great with fruit or cereal, as does yogurt and cheese which also goes great with veggies…

The best part is as great as these are for your kids’ lunch boxes they are just as great for your work lunch box too!

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