Packing a lunchbox with wholesome snacks that your child will eat can be difficult. To make things simpler, we've put together a list of some of our favorite healthy snack ideas that will satisfy the little foodie in your life.
School Lunch Snack Ideas
Looking for nutritious, quick, and simple lunchbox snacks for kids? Fill their bellies with healthy snacks by following the recipes below:
1) Blueberry Muffins with Yogurt
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These buttery, creamy, soft muffins are brimming with blueberries. Plus, they are quite easy to make and can be prepared in large batches to last you the entire week.
- ½ Cup All-Purpose Flour or Gluten-Free Flour Like Almond Flour
- ½ Cup Blueberries, Fresh or Frozen
- ½ Cup Softened Unsalted Butter
- Line a 12-tin muffin tray with cupcake liners.
- Mix the salt, baking powder, baking soda, and flour in a bowl.
- In another bowl, combine the butter and sugar and whisk until creamy.
- Add the yogurt, egg, and vanilla, and whisk.
- Add in 3/4 of the blueberries.
- Fill the muffin tin with the batter.
- On top, add the remaining blueberries.
- Bake for 18-20 minutes, or until the tops are golden brown.
2) No-Bake Energy Bites
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These no-bake energy bites are super easy to make and require only 3 basic ingredients. They make the perfect kid's lunchbox snack and store well for weeks in the refrigerator.
- Shredded Unsweetened Coconut (Optional)
- 1 Cup Dried Cherries, Apples, Cranberries, or Raisins
- Add all the ingredients to a bowl.
- Allow it to sit for at least 15-25 minutes.
- In a food processor, combine the ingredients and blend for one minute.
- Take a spoonful of the batter and roll it into a ball.
- Coat the ball with shredded coconut.
- Refrigerate the balls for 2 hours.
3) Homemade Granola Bars
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Your little one will savor each sweet and crispy bite of these healthy homemade granola bars. To customize this recipe, you can easily add your preferred ingredients and flavors.
- ⅓ Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- ⅓ Cup Sunflower Seeds (Optional)
- 1 Cup Dried Fruit, Optional
- 2 Cups Chopped Nuts of Your Choice
- ¾ Cup Unsweetened Coconut Chips or Dark Chocolate Chips(optional)
- Line a baking pan with parchment paper, then set aside.
- Combine the sunflower seeds, oats, nuts, coconut, and salt in a bowl.
- Combine the vanilla, oil, maple syrup, and brown sugar in another bowl.
- Onto the lined baking sheet, distribute the mixture in a uniform layer.
- After 25 minutes of baking, stir the granola with a spatula.
- Return to the oven and bake for an additional 5-10 minutes, or until golden brown.
- Sprinkle dry fruits on top.
4) Kid-Friendly Egg Salad
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The kid-friendly egg salad is packed with healthy fats. All that is required to make this recipe are boiled eggs and a simple creamy dressing. This salad can be used as a dip for tortilla chips.
- ¼ Cup Finely Chopped Red Onion
- ¼ Cup Mayonnaise or Plain Greek Yogurt
- Place the eggs in a pot of water.
- Place the pot on a stove on high heat.
- After 12 minutes, turn off the heat, cover the pot with a lid, and continue cooking the eggs in the hot water.
- Put the eggs in an ice bath for 5-10 minutes.
- Peel the eggs and dice them. Set aside.
- In a bowl, mix the plain Greek yogurt, pepper, mustard, and salt.
- Add the diced egg and chopped red onion.
- Serve with tortilla chips.
5) Kid Friendly Summer Fruit Salad
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For hot days, try this delicious, vibrant, and naturally sweet summer fruit salad. The only ingredients needed for this recipe are yogurt and fresh fruit.
- 5 Seedless Red Grapes, Halved
- 1 Peeled and Sliced Orange
- ¼ Diced Fresh Pineapple, Cut Into Bite-Size Chunks
- 5 Seedless Green Grapes, Halved
- In a bowl, combine the fresh fruit.
- Add in the yogurt and mix until thoroughly combined.
6) Homemade Banana Chips
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These homemade banana chips can be cooked in the oven and are quite easy to make. If you have ripe bananas on hand, these are the ideal way to use them for a naturally sweet and crunchy snack.
- 5 Large Bananas, Ripe but Firm
- Slice the bananas as thinly as possible and place them in a bowl of water.
- Let it sit for a few minutes.
- Remove the banana slices from the bowl and placed them on a paper towel to absorb any excess moisture.
- Arrange the banana slices on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet.
- Place the tray in an oven and bake it at 170° F for 5 hours.
- Remove bananas and turn them over after 5 hours so that the bottom crisps up.
- Place the tray back into the oven, turn the oven off and close the door.
- Leave them there all night. Your banana chips will be really crispy by morning.
- Serve with a nut or seed butter as a dip.
Healthy School Lunch Snack Ideas That Do Not Require Any Meal Prep
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If your mornings are busy and you don't seem to have time to make lunch and a snack for your kids, think about packing their lunches with these easy treats that you probably already have at home:
- Celery Sticks With Cream Cheese
- Apple Slices Topped With Nut Butter
- String Cheese
- Cottage Cheese
- Whole Grain Bread or Whole Grain Crackers Topped With Almond Butter or Cheese
- Fresh Veggies With Ranch Dip
These healthy snacks for lunch will please even the pickiest eater. When packing your kid's lunch boxes, don't forget to include a lunch box note. Lunch notes are a great way to keep your kid happy and entertained while they're away from home. If you're searching for kid-friendly lunch box notes, shop with us today.