6 Healthy Back-to-School Snacks

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6 Healthy Back-to-School Snacks

A new school year is upon us, which usually also means after-school activities and more time away from home. With that comes the need for a few quick and convenient snacks. I have three store-bought and three homemade snacks to share. All with simple, healthy ingredients that your children will love. 

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Store Bought Snacks

  1. Date and Nut Bars – These filling and healthy bars are perfect for an at-school or after-school snack. The simple list of ingredients consists of fruit, nuts, and dates. There are a variety of flavors including chocolate chip cookie dough, cinnamon roll, cashew cookie, and more. The brands I enjoy most are Larabars and Target’s Good and Gather Brand.
  2. Cheese, Fruit, and Nut Packs – These are three foods that are protein-packed and delicious. We get the ones from Costco but most grocery stores have some version of them. They will keep your children energized through that soccer practice or dance class. Throw them in the lunchbox for school or grab one for yourself.
  3. That’s It – That’s It bars have two ingredients and are free from the top 12 allergens, which make them safe food to send to school. They have a variety of flavors including strawberry, blueberry, and cherry. If you have a fruit snack-addicted toddler, these might be worth a try! 

Homemade Snacks

  1. Energy Bites – My energy bites never look as good as the ones on Pinterest but they are delicious regardless! I try to give snacks that have few ingredients and these have just five ingredients that I usually have in the pantry. To add variety, I swap the chocolate chips for dried fruit or peanut butter for almond butter.
  2. Pumpkin Muffins – Pumpkin is such a delicious ingredient to add to any pastry.  I stick with 100% pure pumpkin to get the best nutrition from it. Keep them in the fridge and warm up a few in the morning or afternoon. Top it with peanut butter or almond butter to give it a little more flavor. 
  3. Almond Butter Banana Smoothie – My daughter and I have one of these almost every afternoon. With just three ingredients they are easy to throw together quickly. Sometimes I will change it up and add some yogurt or protein powder. This is a perfect afternoon pick-me-up to get your kids or you through those after-school activities. 

I am always on the hunt for new snack ideas. What are your favorite healthy snacks? 

Jackie Fioritto

Jackie Fioritto

Hi, I’m Jackie. I am a teacher who recently became a stay-at-home mother of two. My husband and I moved to Des Moines from Green Bay, Wisconsin a few years ago. Originally, I am from Chicago, Illinois. My family has loved exploring Des Moines and all that it has to offer!

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