Getting lunchboxes ready each day can be stressful. Finding easy healthy snacks that our kids will like is even more challenging. From picky eaters to peanut-free schools, preparing lunches has gotten a little more complicated.
Here are a few ideas for easy healthy snacks to include in a lunch box, without alerting your child to its healthfulness.
1. Homemade trail mix
Kids love to snack on stuff by the handful and naturally lean towards food they can eat in bite-sized servings. Moms love it because you can also sneak all sorts of good stuff in there – dried fruit bits, seeds, etc. – without them being any wiser.
2. Chips & salsa
Always a perennial favorite; you can even make homemade salsa and tortilla chips on the weekend for more control over what your kids are eating.
3. Veggie chips
Before you grab that 10-pack of not-so-good-for-you chips, try the veggie ones. Chips and puffs made from vegetables often include a bit more in the vitamin area, and most kids do like them.
This Middle Eastern chickpea dip is super healthy and is another great way to serve up those baby carrots.
5. Cheese sticks
Single serve cheeses are awesome. They include a dose of calcium and protein.
6. Apple with caramel
Single-serve caramel tubs and sliced apples are a great, healthy snack for kids of all ages.
7. Fruit medley
For some reason, if you stick an orange in your kid’s lunch box, it comes back to you, untouched. If you stuff a small Tupperware with a strawberry, a few raspberries, some blueberries and a slice or two of that same orange, they will eat every last bite. Go figure.
8. Vegetable medley
It’s the same with vegetables. A plastic zip-top bag with baby carrots gets old. But fill that Tupperware with a few carrots, a piece of cauliflower, a broccoli floret and a few cherry tomatoes and wow! Vanishing act. Be sure to pack a single serve ranch dressing packet for guaranteed success.
This is a great snack in its natural state, but not so great when you stir in sugary, chemically add-ins. Try organic vanilla with Grape Nuts cereal. It gives the added crunch your child is looking for, with the healthy twist moms like.
If you child loves prepared snack packs and lunch kits, try single-serve tuna packs with whole wheat crackers. It lets them think they “won” but still gets them to eat healthy.
11. Organic fruit snacks
These are a nice alternative when done right, meaning with organic and minimal added sugar.