By the time your child becomes a toddler, you know the number one rule of going out and about with them: always bring snacks.
And that rule definitely doesn’t change once your child is ready to head off to preschool or kindergarten. Only now, you have to also pack a meal for them to take along to their new classroom that includes at least two healthy snacks. So we’ve pulled together some of the best snacks to will help you fill their food containers and pack a lunch your kid will love:
- Yes Peas Maple Cinnamon Granola Bites: Granola bites are great bite-sized snacks, and these ones from Yes Peas from made with roasted chickpeas, seeds, spices, as well as pure Canadian maple syrup. They’re filling and taste delicious.
- Annie’s Fruit Bunny Snacks: These fruit snacks are colourful and come in cute bunny shapes. They make a great alternative to a sugary dessert since they’re made with real fruit juice and are free of artificial colours as well as gelatin.
- Kiju Organic Grape-Apple Juice Boxes: Sometimes, kids just want a juice box. So it’s awesome that these ones by Kiju are made with organic ingredients and have no added sugar. Plus, they’re delicious!
- Veggie Go Organic Berry Snack: If your child has a habit of sending home pieces of fruit or veggies sticks with dip, add this fruit bar to their lunch. It’s a quick and easy way to sneak spinach into a fun fruit snack.
- Simply Protein Kids Bar: For a kid-sized granola bar, add one of these by Simply Protein. Made with natural ingredients, the bars are full of protein to keep kids satisfied. And even though they taste delicious, they’re low in sugar!
- MadeGood Apple Cinnamon Bars: For larger appetites, this is the perfect granola bar. It’s all organic, contains a full serving of veggies and it’s peanut free!
- Jaco Coco Kidz Coconut Water: This drink is great for active children. It’s very hydrating and has 30% less sugar than fruit juice. It’s a great source of electrolytes for all-natural hydration. Plus, if they like chocolate, this is a flavour your kids will love.
- Mary’s Organic Vanilla Crackers: Mary’s Organic Crackers are a great alternative to classic favourites. They come in fun shapes and are gluten free and vegan.
- Hidden Garden Gluten Free Cookies: If you’re looking for gluten free foods that your kids will love, here’s a great option. These cookies are chocolate chip, but they also contain important vegetable servings hidden inside!
- Three Works Apple Chips: Avoid wasting money on apples that return home uneaten with these apple chips. They’re a healthy and delicious take on potato chips — the only ingredient is apples!
Packing your kids’ lunches doesn’t have to be stressful. Preparing as much as you can beforehand can help out a lot. You can prep lunches in batches on Sunday evening, and you can have quick, healthy options on hand to make packing lunch less of a chore. Try stocking a nut-free butter such as Wild Friends Organic Honey Sunflower Seed Butter as well as World of Chia Raspberry Fruit Spread for topping crackers or celery sticks, or PB2 Powdered Peanut Butter for sprinkling on yogurt. You can also grab some Alb-Gold Organic Kids Pasta Safari for a quick hot lunch.
For more easy lunch packing tips, check out our tips on how to pack a hot lunch and hot lunch ideas. Then check out our top snack pairings and healthy snacks if you’re in search of new ideas, and finally read our healthy pantry back to school refresh to see what to stock up on now before the school year bustle begins.
What are your tips for packing lunch for little kids? It’s your turn to share in the comments!