What better time to start cleaning up your families diet and add some ‘made from scratch’ items into the lunchbox? Even if you can only manage one from scratch item a week – every little bit helps! I have some great recipes to inspire you here in the Back to School Snacks Recipe Round-Up.
I just had to pull this back to school snacks lineup out from the archives. Now that my baby is starting kindergarten, and my middle child has started preschool (sniff) I understand even more the importance of having great snacks on hand for hungry little bellies (seriously, do they ever stop eating???)
Note: whilst I don’t tend to use refined sugar in my everyday cooking, I have included a few GREAT recipes here that do. It’s only a wee bit, and I am totally of the opinion that something made at home using a little bit of refined sugar, is going to be way better for you than any of the packaged stuff you can get at the store. You can always swap out for some coconut sugar if you are so inclined!
Before we start, if you are looking for a great lunch box for your littles, this is the one I use. You can switch up the inside layer, and the kids just love guessing what color they are going to get that day 🙂
Back to School Snacks: Sweet Bites
These little Blueberry Breakfast Bites from A Virtual Vegan will make a great start to the day for your little ones! They are vegan, naturally sweetened, and full of all the good stuff! Easily transportable to boot!
These blueberry mini muffins are freezer friendly and kid approved. A great little grab and go snack in the summer months.
Or if you like to prep in advance, make up some Apple Quinoa Breakfast Pots in cute little mason jars and be ready for the week ahead!
These little Apple Carrot and Ginger Mini Muffins have been a huge hit with my kids. I have even sent them in for preschool snack for the class a couple of times, and they always get gobbled up. Freezer friendly too which is always a bonus!
Cashew and Coconut Date Balls are a great little grab-n-go snack to have in the fridge. Combine raw cashews with sticky dates, throw in some brown rice puffs for a bit of crunch, some coconut for texture, and you have a satisfying little snack that comes together in a jiffy. Make it fun and get the kids together to help whip them up.
I LOVE these Banana Nut Granola Bars from Athletic Avocado! Full of great ingredients. And they look pretty amazing. My kids have been loving them! I have been making big batches and freezing for the weeks ahead.
These Double Chocolate Date Bites are a great little snack, and so easy to pack up for school lunches. I know my little one loves them when we make them as a snack for the park. From Vanilla and Bean.
These Peach and Blueberry Pie Bars from Whole Food Bellies (that’s me 🙂 ) make a great after school snack with a glass of milk. Full of quick and easy to make homemade preserves and whole wheat goodness.
Back to School Snacks: Savory Notes
These delicious little Baked Zucchini, Feta and Quinoa Bites are packed full of great ingredients and flavors. Perfect as a main when paired with a salad, or as a fun addition to big and little lunch boxes.
For something a bit different from the normal sandwich, why don’t you try some of my Broccoli and Feta Fritters. This is another one where I make a big batch and freeze – this is a great way to meal prep and definitely takes some of the hassle out of deciding what to send with them.
Put that leftover cauliflower rice to good use with these incredibly moreish Ricotta and Cauliflower Tater Tots. Just a handful of ingredients and a little bit of time will give you a snack that is perfect as a side on your dinner table or tucked away into a little ones lunch box with a side of organic ketchup.
Do you have any favorite back to school snacks you like to include in your kid’s lunchbox? I would love to hear about them! Be sure to check out the second installment of my back to school snacks round ups for even more inspiration 🙂 Have a great week.