By TMoM Team Member Anna Keller

Kids returning to school means families getting back into a schoolyear routine – and for many families that includes the daily packing of snacks! Speaking from experience, that task can become daunting (and exhausting) quickly, and I always appreciate inspiration on what to pack. After all, it can be hard to think of ways to mix things up a bit on the snack front, right?

If you’re in the thick of packing snacks for school, too, here are some ideas of things to include. (I hope these are helpful!)

7 School Snack Ideas:

Cinnamon Chickpeas

Just a handful of ingredients with flavors your kiddo is sure to love!

Get the recipe here!

Cream Cheese Celery Sticks

For a peanut-free take on Ants On A Log, try filling celery with cream cheese and topping it with raisins or another fruit! To take it in a different flavor direction, you can add a seasoning like Everything But The Bagel from Trader Joe’s.

Mini Muffins

You can’t go wrong with these as a snack, and a homemade version is so much healthier than the store-bought ones filled with preservatives, artificial flavors, etc.

This is a 7-ingredient, single-bowl apple muffin recipe!

Apple Mess

Speaking of apples…Apple Mess is a favorite at our house, and it can be an awesome – and VERY customizable – school snack option. My 6-year-old asks for it often!

Find the recipe in this post!

Popcorn with Nutritional Yeast

If you’ve never used nutritional yeast before, the name can be kind of…off putting. But trust me when I say this is SUCH a great ingredient to add to popcorn to get some B12 and protein into the mix. (It’s also wonderful on pasta…)

I love the Stasher bag method for making popcorn to avoid the PFAF (a.k.a. “forever chemicals”) found in microwave popcorn bags!

Soft Pretzel Bites

Okay…my kids would for sure love these. You could serve them with hummus for a bit of protein, too.

Grab the recipe here!

No Bake Granola Bites

Just sub out the peanut butter for a nut-free butter if you need a peanut-free version of this yummy snack for your kid’s classroom!

Here’s the recipe!

P.S. Please be sure to ditch the Ziploc bags and instead pack your child’s snacks in reusable containers such as glass or silicone. They’re so much better for the health of the planet and your kiddo!

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