Summer vacation is officially over for some of us and school has started for some of you and will be starting soon for others. Crazy how fast the summer flew by! Our kids start back to school on Monday, so we need to get back into lunch-packing mode again!
We are pros at packing lunches and snacks in our house. Since our kids started school several years ago, we have been packing their lunches and snacks every single school day for the last 5 years. Since our kids have peanut and tree-nut allergies, it’s important for us to know what’s in their food so we always pack lunches and snacks at home to eliminate guessing.
Now that our kids are a bit older, they pack their own lunches these days and are getting good practice creating balanced meals. They know that each lunchbox needs to have some protein, a fruit and/or vegetable, complex carbohydrates (like whole grain bread or crackers), and a healthy snack. Sometimes we pack special sweet treats like cookies but we mostly try to keep it low sugar.
Since school is starting back up for us on Monday, we’re sharing our school snack-packing ideas with you! Here’s a list of wholesome (and nut-free!) school snack ideas for kids:
- Carrots with SunButter**
- Whole grain crackers and SunButter
- SkinnyPop popcorn with fruit or veggies
- Homemade granola bars (check out this recipe for my gluten-free ones!)
- Apple slices and cheese or lunchmeat (we use non-dairy cheese)
- Natural lunchmeat rolls with fruit or veggies
- Homemade nut-free trail mix
- Lettuce wraps filled with rotisserie chicken or natural lunch meat
- Celery sticks with SunButter and raisins (Ants on a Log)
- Apple slices with SunButter
- Veggie slices with hummus
- Pretzels or whole grain crackers with hummus
- Roasted chickpeas (easy to make at home!)
**If your school or classroom is nut-free, you can use SunButter or another nut-free butter for your snacks. Use sunflower or pumpkin seeds in place of nuts in trail mixes and recipes
If you’re looking for some fun nut-free and allergy-friendly snacks for school, then check out SkinnyPop popcorn. The original flavor has just 3 ingredients (popcorn, sunflower oil, and salt), and is non-GMO, gluten-free, dairy-free, peanut and tree-nut free, vegan, preservative free, and free of artificial flavors and trans fats. And at just 35 calories per cup, SkinnyPop is a smart choice for school snacks.
SkinnyPop is also available in a lot of different flavors including Original, White Cheddar, Sea Salt & Pepper, Naturally Sweet, Dusted Dark Chocolate and Jalapeño. All of these flavors can be found at major retail locations like Walmart, Safeway, Target, Whole Foods, and more.
SkinnyPop believes the best lunchtime snacks are the ones that contain the fewest, simplest ingredients. So they are putting lunchtime staples to a test – if your kid can’t spell what’s inside, they probably shouldn’t be eating it. Check it out here:
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