Healthy Lunchbox Snack Ideas

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. 

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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. 

Lunchbox Division

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

  • peanut butter
  • almond butter
  • brown rice
  • cherry tomatoes
  • bell peppers
  • ranch dressing
  • cucumbers
  • radishes
  • hard boiled egg
  • green peas
  • yogurt
  • almonds
  • olives
  • avocado
  • kiwi
  • dark chocolate chips
  • celery
  • oranges
  • mandarins
  • apples
  • cherries
  • carrots

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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.

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Spinach Muffins
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! 
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No Bake Granola Bars
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! 
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Strawberry Salsa & Baked Cinnamon Chips
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! 
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Zucchini Muffins
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! 
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Healthy Oatmeal Cookies
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! 
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Banana Wrap
If you are looking for an easy healthy lunchbox snack that the kids can make themselves then you need this recipe for banana wraps! Tortillas, nut butter, and bananas are all you need for this one! 
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Seedy Crisp Crackers
Sometimes you just need a crispy crunch in your life and these seedy crisp crackers fit the bill. Healthy, easy to make, and perfect for dipping into hummus or your favorite dip. 
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Chocolate Chip Cookies
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! 
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Whole Wheat Cheese Crackers
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!
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Soft Pretzels
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! 
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Butternut Squash Chips
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. 
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Ground Turkey Meatballs
These ground turkey meatballs are delicious, filled with protein, and perfect for a healthy lunch box snack. You can serve them on their own or with a favorite dipping sauce! 
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Whole Wheat Animal Crackers
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. 
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Homemade Doritos
Yes, you read that right. Homemade Doritos ARE a healthy snack that you can feel comfortable putting in your kid's lunch box, and they will thank you for it too! 
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Sticky Stacky Sandwiches
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. 
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Blueberry Cottage Cheese
Blueberry cottage cheese is perfect for a healthy lunchbox snack, or even for an on-the-go breakfast if needed. You probably have everything you need in your refrigerator right now! 
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Mexican Pinwheels
Looking for a hearty and healthy lunchbox snack? Then give these Mexican pinwheels a try! Chicken, cheese, salsa, cream cheese, and tortillas come together for a filling spicy snack! 
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Cheese Kabobs
Your kiddo will love snacking on these super easy-to-make cheese kabobs. Make them your own with their favorite veggies, and a sauce for dipping. 
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Healthy Fruit Rollups
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! 
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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. 
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Baked Spinach Meatballs
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! 
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Blueberry Mango Salsa
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! 
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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. 
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Tuna Salad
Tuna salad is another healthy protein-filled lunch box snack that will keep them full until they get home. They can eat it alone, or pair it with some nice whole grain crackers. 
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Apple Sandwiches With Nut Butter And Granola
That’s right, apple sandwiches! This is a healthy filling snack just perfect for the lunch box. Apple slices covered with their favorite nut butter and sprinkled with granola make a hearty snack. 
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Chocolate Chip Protein Bars
These cinnamon chocolate chip protein bars are healthy and filling and will satisfy a sweet tooth. That’s why they are perfect for a healthy lunch box snack! 
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Raspberry Banana Cookies
These raspberry banana cookies are only sweetened with fruit and their purple color will have them looking pretty in the lunch box as well as tasting delicious too! 
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Banana Muffins
Muffins of any kind are a portable healthy snack that makes them perfect for putting in a lunch box. These banana muffins are naturally sweet and delicious, perfect for breakfast or a snack on the go. 
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Mini Taco Cups With Black Beans
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.
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Clean Eating Pop Tarts
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! 
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Grain Free Blueberry Scones
These grain-free blueberry scones are easy to make and perfect for an on-the-go breakfast or a healthy lunch box snack! 
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Whole Wheat Gold Fish Crackers
Delicious, homemade, gold fish crackers you'll feel good about feeding the kids.
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Sweet And Salty Coconut Chips
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. 
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Fresh Strawberry Salsa
This pairs really well with cinnamon whole wheat pita chips. Pack this in its own container to keep the moisture off the rest of any food you put in a lunchbox.
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Healthy Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins
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. 
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Oat Crackers
Delicious, gluten-free crackers that pair well with cheese or any other toppings you care to put on them. These are great all-purpose crackers.
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Sweet Sesame Roasted Cashews
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. 
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Pumpkin Spice Granola Bark
Perfect for fall, this granola bark is a special treat the kids will enjoy well into spring.
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Mini Ham And Cheese Quinoa Cups
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. 
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Apple Salsa
An apple a day…. is even more delicious when you turn it into salsa!
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Healthy Gummy Bears
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! 
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Nutty Granola Bars
Delicious granola bars that make a healthy and filling snack the kids will actually enjoy. (barring any allergies, of course)
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Clean Eating Nutty Coconut Granola Bars
Cream Cheese Veggie Roll Ups
Cream cheese and veggie roll-ups are perfect for lunch on the go, or for a healthy lunch box snack. You can use whichever veggies that your kids love best to customize their flavor too. 
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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? 

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