What are the Best Types of Snacks to Send to School?

Sherry Holetzky

So, tomorrow is your child’s snack day and you just aren’t sure of what types of snacks to send to school. There are plenty of choices available in snack foods, but it’s a bit more difficult to choose one that is appropriate for the classroom. Not only should snacks be easy to eat with little mess or fuss, but they should also be reasonably healthy.

Pretzels provide grains without the fat.
Pretzels provide grains without the fat.

Messy snacks can cause a delay in getting children back to their studies. There is also the issue of needing paper plates or utensils for particularly messy or hard to eat snacks. Consider including napkins with all snacks, but don't stop there. If you're providing drinks as well, you may need to provide cups too. On the other hand, you may choose to send individually packaged drinks such as juice boxes to avoid the need for cups.

Fruit or vegetables and low fat dip are a healthy snack for school age children.
Fruit or vegetables and low fat dip are a healthy snack for school age children.

Food allergies are also an important consideration when choosing snacks to send to school. It is best to avoid items with peanut butter or other nut products, unless such snack foods have been pre-approved. You may want to ask about other allergies as well since wheat, milk, chocolate, and other ingredients can be of concern.

Individual portions of cheese are healthy snacks for schoolchildren.
Individual portions of cheese are healthy snacks for schoolchildren.

The best types of snacks to send to school are those that leave you with little worry. They include items that aren't usually a problem for kids with food allergies and those healthy ingredients. Fruit or snacks made with real fruit are good choices.

A slice of homemade blueberry bread is a tasty dessert for a school lunch.
A slice of homemade blueberry bread is a tasty dessert for a school lunch.

When choosing snacks, you may be tempted to offer a bit of a treat, especially if it is a special occasion. You can do so once in a while, but for regular occasions, consider items like graham crackers as opposed to cookies containing lots of butter, shortening, and/or sugar.

Apples are one of the healthiest portable snacks.
Apples are one of the healthiest portable snacks.

If you are looking for something with crunch, consider pretzels instead of high fat potato chips, corn chips, or cheese puffs. There are also several varieties of baked chips and crackers. One good method for finding snacks to send to school is to bring home snack foods for your family to try first. Chances are, if your kids like the snacks, other children will too.

Children with allergies to chocolate can still enjoy cookies made with carob.
Children with allergies to chocolate can still enjoy cookies made with carob.
Crackers are a good snack to send with children.
Crackers are a good snack to send with children.
Potato chips are popular snack items, but are high in fat.
Potato chips are popular snack items, but are high in fat.
Air popped popcorn with no added butter or salt is a healthy snack that can be eaten by most children.
Air popped popcorn with no added butter or salt is a healthy snack that can be eaten by most children.
As peanut allergies are common, it is generally best to avoid items that contain peanut butter products.
As peanut allergies are common, it is generally best to avoid items that contain peanut butter products.
Bananas are a healthy snack option that don't cause a mess.
Bananas are a healthy snack option that don't cause a mess.
Some parents like to send a little dessert to go with their child's lunch.
Some parents like to send a little dessert to go with their child's lunch.

You might also Like

Readers Also Love

Discussion Comments

gregg1956

When my daughters were going to school, we would always send them fruit, crackers, and cheese for their snacks. Seemed to work well for us, and they liked it.

FirstViolin

A good school snack can help to balance out those unhealthy school lunches, so try to make it count. Consider including superfoods, like blueberries, turkey, yogurt, and, if your child will drink it, tea. (Brewed tea, not sugary sweet tea).

Although your kid may pitch a fit for not having the latest "lunchable" or gummy sugar drops, their bodies and brains will thank them later -- all of those foods are good for keeping kids focused and energized. And who knows, the teachers might thank you too!

closerfan12

This is a great article -- so few schools have healthy school lunch programs, so kids have to rely on their snacks rather than the school food service for their nutrition.

Also, I really liked how you mentioned that you should not send messy snacks. When I was substitute teaching, messy snacks were my worst nightmare!

Thanks for your hard work and research.

Post your comments
Login:
Forgot password?
Register: