5 Grab-n-Go Healthy School Snacks

by Sally on August 22, 2014

5 Grab-n-Go Healthy School SnacksDoes your child take a snack to school? Many do, to eat in their classroom or between school and sports practices. Sure, it’s easy to wash a piece of fruit–and ideally, it’s good to avoid waste with reusable food containers. But boy, it’s awfully nice to have packaged options on hand for mornings so nutty, you’re lucky if the kids are wearing matching shoes.

It may seem like junk food manufacturers have the market cornered on packaged snacks. But “packaged snack” doesn’t have to be synonymous with mini bags of chips, cookies, and gummy fruit snacks. More companies are creating packaged options that make healthy eating a little bit easier for busy people. I like that.

I’ve written before about snacks at school, how there are many different notions of exactly what a “healthy snack” looks like (read Will The Real “Healthy Snack” Please Stand Up?“).  So you may have other ideas for healthy school snacks–if you do, please share in the comments! But in the meantime, here are five that pass muster with me:

Naturipe Fresh Blueberries: Washed and ready to eat, these are sold in kid-sized packages rigid enough that the berries don’t get smashed in a backpack. But they’re also easy for little hands to open. (Available at retailers such as Wal-Mart, Safeway, and Winn-Dixie.)

5 Healthy (Packaged) Snacks For School

Tillamook Cheddar Cheese: String cheese is all well and good, but this is a yummy change of pace. (Find a store nearby that stocks them.)

5 Healthy (Packaged!) Snacks for School

Sabra Hummus With Pretzels: Kids will dig these little pretzel rings for dunking into protein- and fiber-rich hummus. Sabra also makes single-serve hummus cups sans pretzels, plus a grab-n-go salsa and tortilla chip kit.

5 Healthy (Packaged!) Snacks for School

Single Serving Carrots: Ready-to-eat baby carrots are sweet and satisfying. These are a store brand from Kroger–but other brands, like Grimmway, also makes snack-size carrot bags.

5 Healthy (Packaged!) Snacks for School

Justin’s Nut Butter Packets: These packets are the perfect two-tablespoon portion of nut butter. Just rip open the top and squeeze it onto apple slices, crackers or (the preferred method around here) right into your mouth. Save the sweetened ones for occasional treats–and be sure to ask about the nut policy at your school before packing them. (Go here to find a retailer near you that carries them.)

5 Healthy (Packaged!) Snacks for School

What packaged snacks do you send to school?

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Naturipe. I received blueberries to try and was compensated for my time. As with everything on this blog, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Allie August 22, 2014 at 8:57 am

I like to buy the applesauce squeeze packs.

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Danielle Omar -- Food Confidence RD August 22, 2014 at 2:16 pm

Love the blueberries! I have not seen that one before….

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Aimee Rose August 22, 2014 at 3:10 pm

Tanka bars are one of my 7 year old’s favorite grab and go. Also, sometimes I’ll do a 1 min microwave muffin

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Sarah L August 22, 2014 at 4:32 pm

It’s nice to see some healthy grab & go options. For the sake of cost and reducing waste, I do try to get our own snacks ready. One thing that helps me is to prep stuff on Sunday. I cut a block of cheese into 1oz pieces, prewash fruits and veggies, and pack snacks in smaller tupperware containers. You could throw those packed containers into the veggie drawer, or stack them into a bigger container for grab-and-go convenience without the cost. (I love those hummus and pretzel containers, though!)

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Sarah L August 22, 2014 at 4:33 pm

My kids love nut butters and applesauce squeezers.

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Jessica @ Nutritioulicious August 22, 2014 at 6:07 pm

Never saw the blueberries before – that’s awesome! Thanks for sharing!

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Mike September 4, 2014 at 8:21 am

Never saw the blueberries before either. Great list of grab n go snacks. My nephew will love these.

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