Things We Like: Healthy Back-to-School Snacks

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Need a little inspiration for healthy school snack and lunch option? We gathered up some of our favorites right here!

Lance Minis

According to a recent survey from Lance Minis, the average parent spends 86 hours a year prepping snacks for the family; 62 percent said the best way to minimize and save time is to pack on-the-go snacks! Save time and still give the kiddos healthy snack and lunch options! These tasty Lance Minis come in Toast Chee Peanut Butter and Whole Grain Peanut Butter. They are bite-sized sandwich crackers easy to throw in the lunch box or take to soccer practice. (Note: check with your child’s school for nut-allergy lunch guidelines. If it’s against school policy, save them for an after-school or post-sport snack!)

 

Juicy Juice + Protein

Kids need their protein, too, so Juicy Juice came up with the first-ever, healthy juice drink with protein; 5 grams in each serving to be exact! Or if you’re looking for a low-sugar option, try the Juicy Juice Waters – the new flavored-water drink to hydrate your little sport on those busy days. It tastes good, too! They are available in an 8-pack for when it’s your turn for snack duty.

 

Harvest Snaps

Parents are eyeing down ingredients more and more these days, and the fewer, the better! Harvest Snaps’ first ingredient is, you guessed it, farm-picked vegetables! The veggies that come in various Harvest Snaps bags include green peas, black beans and red lentils. You may have seen these veggie-based,  snack crisps in the the produce aisle at Target! They have 30 – 60 percent less fat than regular potato chips, they are baked and packed with 4 – 5 grams of plant-based protein, 3 – 5 grams of fiber, plus they have calcium and potassium in every serving. It’s OK to sneak one for yourself, Mom (they are Cincinnati Family team approved. The bags didn’t last very long in the office, let’s just put it that way.)

AYO Almondmilk Peach Yogurt

If you have a little one who is lactose-intolerant, these delectable little yogurts are made from almond milk (dairy-free!) and come in four tasty flavors! Don’t forget to pack a spoon in their lunch box!

Once Again Organic Almond Butter

Do your kiddos love lightly toasted or roasted almond butter the best? Luckily these little pouches come in both flavors! When your hungry school kid comes running home for a satisfying snack or if you’re on-the-go to the next activity, take a few of these single-serve pouches (loaded with 7 grams of plant-based protein); and why not pair it with with apples or whole-grain crackers, too! They are free of added oils, sugars, sodium, preservatives, cholesterol and trans-fat, gluten-free certified, vegan and kosher!

Once Again’s Organic Creamy Peanut Butter

Proving that this American classic doesn’t need excess sugar or sneaky additives, the ingredients of this unsweetened peanut butter are pure and simple: organic peanuts and salt. After roasting and grinding blanched, dry roasted peanuts until they are wonderfully creamy, Once Again adds a hint of salt to bring out an exquisitely roasted flavor. In addition to being certified organic, the product is also Non-GMO Project Verified, certified gluten-free, vegan and Kosher, and part of the brand’s Honest in Trade Program. To make its products even safer for consumers with special dietary needs, Once Again recently transitioned all peanut butter production to a new, dedicated facility.

Del Monte Fruit & Oats

A full serving of tasty fruit, on-the-go ready? Yes, please! Get a mix of oats, healthy fats from chia seeds loaded with Omega-3s and whole grains, and the kids will be replenshed to take on the rest of the day! Warm it up or eat it at room temp, tasty either way. It comes in three different including: Apple Cinnamon, Peach Cinnamon Spice and Pear Maple. You can buy it at your local store or on Amazon.

 

Amanda Hayward is editor of this publication. She is from Cincinnati, Ohio, a military wife and mom of two. If you don't see her writing for Cincinnati Family, you'll find her running, juggling kids, teaching group fitness classes and cooking up healthy recipes.

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