Schools will be back in session before you know it and that means that it’s time to start thinking about what to pack inside of school lunch boxes. And that means, finding healthy lunchbox snack ideas.
Your kids want something fun that tastes delicious, while you want something that is healthy and good for them! That’s okay though because there are plenty of delicious and healthy lunchbox snacks.
Healthy Lunchbox Snack Ideas – Tips & Tricks
Before we hop right into the healthy lunchbox snacks let’s take a minute to discuss some helpful tips for packing lunchbox snacks.
No Soggy Bread
Let’s face it no one wants to open their lunch box to find a soggy sandwich. To prevent this, toast the bread first, then make the sandwich and allow it to cool completely before packing it up. Alternatively, you could pack the parts of the sandwich separately and put them together later.
Divided containers such as a bento box can be very helpful in keeping lunch box snacks separated and fresh. If you don’t have a bento box or divided lunch container, or you need additional separation, muffin liners work great. Keeping the foods in the box from touching each other will keep them fresher for longer. You could also use small pieces of parchment paper.
Keeping Things Dry
Soggy bread isn’t the only thing you want to avoid. Don’t pack “wet” food in the lunch box. Foods that contain a lot of moisture are naturally going to release that moisture over time which may leave your kiddo with a soggy lunch. For example, carrot sticks, broccoli, and whole fruits like grapes and berries will hold remarkably well in the lunch box, even if packed several days ahead. Cut strawberries, peaches, kiwis, etc. are going to release their juices and may leave a soggy mess that may spread to other food in the box.
Single Food Items For Healthy Lunchbox Snack Ideas
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Healthy Lunchbox Snack Ideas
Let’s dive into the snacks now, shall we? Some links below are from this site, and some are from other sites.
These spinach muffins with bananas and blueberries are sweetened with applesauce making them a perfect healthy lunchbox snack that your kids will enjoy! Easy to make, packed full of nutrients, and tasty too!
If making sure that your kids are eating as cleanly as possible is important to you, then you are going to want to make a batch of these no-bake granola bars. Perfect for packing a healthy sweet treat into the lunchbox that they will want to eat and even share with their friends!
Kids will love this healthy sweet snack. The “salsa” is made with strawberries and kiwis which pair perfectly with homemade cinnamon chips. Just make sure to package the chips and salsa separately so the chips stay crispy!
If you are looking for a healthy snack that is delicious and versatile then check out this recipe for zucchini muffins. Zucchini muffins are perfect for breakfast, lunch, or a filling snack, plus you can make a big batch of them to freeze and pull them out when you are ready!
These healthy oatmeal cookies are naturally sweetened with carrots, apples, and raisins and are a tasty treat for the lunch box. You might even want to let the kids help you make a batch of these to share!
All kids love finding a treat in their lunch box from time to time and while you want to treat them, you still want to try and keep it healthy. That’s why you need to make a batch of these clean eating chocolate chip cookies!
Most kids enjoy cheese crackers, but most moms would prefer that they not eat the processed ones from the store. Not to worry, this simple recipe will have you making your own healthy cheese crackers in no time!
Soft pretzels are a perfect take-it-with-you snack, you can make these pretzels big, or cut the dough smaller for a bite-size version. These would be great with some of the dipping sauces you will find listed here!
If you are looking for a healthy but still salty, sweet, and crunchy lunch box snack, then make a batch of these butternut squash chips. Perfect for dipping in your favorite sauce, but also delicious on their own.
If you are looking for a fun and healthy lunchbox snack for your kids you might like these whole grain animal crackers. These are so easy to make and much healthier than the ones that you find in the grocery store.
Turn a sandwich into a healthy lunchbox surprise by making them onto skewers instead of a boring old sandwich. Use cookie cutters to cut the cheese and bread into fun shapes, add some sliced tomato, lettuce, or spinach, and lunchmeat and you’ll have a sandwich that kids will love.
Processed fruit roll-ups from the grocery store are a staple in the lunch box of many children, but they aren’t overly healthy. That’s why you need this recipe for healthy fruit roll-ups using just four ingredients including the fruit of your choice!
If your kids are a fan of hummus or you are looking for something that they can dip crackers or veggies in try this clean eating homemade hummus. Perfect for dipping, or even spreading on toast for a lunch box snack.
As a mom, chances are you are always looking for ways to get more healthy greens into your kid's diet and this is an awesome one! These spinach balls are tasty with or without a dipping sauce to go with them!
Blueberries might not be the first thing you think of when preparing to make salsa, but it is really refreshing. This blueberry mango salsa recipe is a great way to get some extra fruits and veggies in your kid's lunchbox!
No Bake Carrot Cake Granola Bites
These no-bake energy bites have all of the delicious flavors of carrot cake and are sweetened only with maple syrup. Perfect for a dessert, or a healthy lunch box treat.
These mini taco cups with black beans are a flavorful and hearty lunch box snack that your kids will be happy to find inside. All of the flavors of a taco in a lunchbox-friendly packaging that your kids will love.
Kids love Pop Tarts, moms who want their kids to eat healthy, clean food are not. That’s why you need to make your kids some of these clean eating Pop Tarts. Perfect for breakfast on the run, or a healthy lunch box snack!
If you are looking for a lunch box snack that is both sweet, salty, and healthy then try out this recipe for sweet and salty coconut chips. With only four simple and healthy ingredients, your kids are sure to love this naturally sweetened crunchy treat.
If you are looking for a recipe that would be suitable for breakfast, a lunch box snack, or an after-school treat then check out this recipe for healthy lemon poppy seed muffins. Healthy, tasty, and delicious plus they freeze really well so you can make a batch to eat now and one for the freezer.
Sweet sesame roasted cashews are perfect for when you need a bite of something sweet, and they are easily portable which makes them a perfect healthy lunch box snack. These would also be handy to take hiking on a hiking adventure.
Looking for a delicious snack that is full of protein, and small enough to fit comfortably in a lunch box? Then these mini ham and cheese quinoa cups are for you, you could also change the ingredients to use up whatever you happen to have on hand.
Chances are other kids at school have some not-so-healthy gummy candies in their lunch box, but you can feel good about sending your child a sweet treat too. These gummy bears are healthy, naturally sweet, and incredibly easy to make at home!
These are certainly not all of the healthy lunch box snack recipes and ideas available to you, but they should give you a great start for the school year ahead. What are some of your kid’s favorite healthy lunch box snacks?