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A Guide to Packing School Snacks

Elementary aged students are nearly always asked to pack a snack to school. But when it’s early in the morning and you are scrambling to pack a lunchbox, gather their backpacks, get your children dressed, and a water bottle filled and into their pack – it feels like one more challenging task to be creative enough to pack a snack that gives your child variety and still be healthy. Here a guide to help you when planning and packing school snacks.

I received samples of YummySnacks and compensation. All opinions are my own.

To simplify mornings, I started a box of shelf-stable snacks that my kids could easily pick from and help themselves to a mom-approved snack to take to school. I do have a couple o choices in the fridge, as well, pre-packaged and ready to go.

School Snack Guide

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Avoid –
  • Soft fruits that are easily to smash like bananas and grapes, they’ll end up squished and unappealing
  • Utensil based snacks like applesauce and fruit cups that require a spoon.
  • Soft granola bars – these are easily smashed as well and end in a crumbly mess
  • Candy – it ends up sticky and it’s not going to give them a long term energy boost

The key is to stay away from foods that tend to make a mess as they are hard to clean-up after in the classroom. You also want to stay away from sticky and difficult snacks.

Instead Choose –

  • Crackers
  • Pretzels
  • String cheese
  • Apple slices
  • Baby carrots
  • Dry cereal
  • Popcorn
  • Raisins
  • Trail Mix (with or without nuts, depending on class allergies)
  • YummySnacks Chips & Bars

If you need an easy to grab-n-go solution, YummySnacks make a healthy snack you can feel good about tossing into your child’s backpack. They are an all natural snack made with real food ingredients!

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Their product line includes YummySnack Bars that are like your favorite candy bar – only loaded to fuel you through the day and made with ingredients like flaxseed, coconut, natural peanut butter and cocoa and other quality ingredients. But, they leave out all the stuff you don’t want to face by being gluten-free and low in sugar! They also are high in fiber and a source of protein an Omega 3s!

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Their YummySnack Chips can let you sneak chips into their backpacks without guilt! They will remind you of a rice cake at first appearance, but they made with real Wisconsin cheese and a touch of natural seasoning. These snacks are gluten-free, grain-free, high in protein and calcium!

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We could all tell that the YummySnacks were a healthier snack from the first bite, but that didn’t keep us from munching away. The bars are my favorite, but the boys are split on which variety they like best.

You can find more info on YummySnacks on their website, They are available for purchase on Amazon.

What’s your favorite back to school snack to pack?


Monday 15th of September 2014

My favorite is dried fruits and nuts.

Teresa Thompson

Monday 15th of September 2014

Yogurt and fruit.

Caitlin McClure

Monday 15th of September 2014

The YummySnack Chips™ - Pizza Flavor look really good! I Like to pack chips in lunches

Mya Murphy

Monday 15th of September 2014

Pretzels and organic fresh fruit!!

Autumn Burns

Monday 15th of September 2014


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