Healthy Snacks for Lunchboxes

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on August 17, 2010

It’s “Back to School” everywhere you look.  Supplies. Clothes. Shoes.

But have you thought about lunchboxes yet?!?  Here are a few snack ideas that you could toss into your kiddos lunchbox along with a sandwich, wrap or leftovers.

What little goodies do you like to drop into your kiddos lunchboxes?!

{ 23 comments… read them below or add one }

Jocelyn Stott August 17, 2010 at 1:37 pm

Great ideas, as always. I bring my lunch to work everyday and am always looking for new ideas, so thanks!

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karen August 17, 2010 at 1:42 pm

ha, I usually stick husband with his applesauce, but he’s forgetting when he is OUT. silly!

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The Working Home Keeper August 17, 2010 at 1:59 pm

I’ll have to pick up some more apples at the farmers market to try those dehydrated apple snacks and crockpot apple sauce! My daughter has already hinted about wanting pumpkin muffins, so I’ll definitely be making those for her lunch box.

Mary Ellen

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Amanda August 17, 2010 at 2:40 pm

I recently made chocolate chip zucchini muffins in mini muffin size. Flash froze, then back in the freezer they went. My oldest loves them and has no idea of what is hiding in there. I also love making muffins with fresh ingredients then putting a thin glaze and calling them cupcakes. Works like a charm.

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Heather August 17, 2010 at 7:56 pm

Care to share your recipe, Amanda? I’d love to sneak them by my little guy!
Thanks,
Heather

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maria August 17, 2010 at 3:02 pm

Veggies with dip are a hit. Found some super cool containers and ice packs in the Target dollar section. Slices fruit with a fruit dip (usually something i make up as I go along, always turns out yummy though) To keep fruit slices from turning brown I toss them in lemon lime soda instead of lemon juice and the kids love it. I also let the girls pick out some cookie cutters for sandwiches, cookies and hm graham crackers. I also just came accross chocolate soy milk in a box w/ a straw. Need to get thermos’ this week so I can send those left overs! And everyday they get a note (goofy/inspirational/joke/comic/prayer/reminder) and their very favorite part……a hershy kiss

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Anne at Quick and Easy Cheap and Healthy August 17, 2010 at 7:55 pm

Too funny, I just blogged about the same thing! Great ideas – I love making applesauce in the crock pot, it’s so easy. I will have to check out the dehydrated apples link – that’s something I’ve been wanting to try.

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Angela August 17, 2010 at 8:56 pm

I just made some pretzel chocolate sandwiches (pretzels with chocolate almond bark in the middle). I occasionally make brownie bites also. But recently, it’s applesauce & grape packs in their lunches. Sometimes, I’ll make jello snacks in cups. Chocolate covered grahams are also nice.

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LisaE August 17, 2010 at 8:57 pm

Homeade granola and banana bars are always a hit with my 2 girls. I try to always keep a batch cut up in freezer bags so I can toss them in the lunchbags in the mornings. I have made applesauce before and it tasted great but apples have been pricey around here-hope apples become reasonable soon.

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Angela August 17, 2010 at 10:15 pm

@LisaE, anything less than $.49/lb sounds good to me! I want to make some applesauce soon as well.

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LisaE August 17, 2010 at 10:53 pm

wow…..$.49/lb for apples would be awesome-here we are lucky to find apples on sale for $.99/lb and that is not very often:(

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Crystal August 19, 2010 at 7:50 am

@LisaE,
Wow I wanna live where you live…our apples are $1.79/lb. We sometimes have them on sale for $.99, but not often.

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Courtney August 17, 2010 at 11:47 pm

I love a variety and ease of making lots and freezing! I try to make 1-2 things every sunday. My boys enjoy packing thier own lunches. We have a “snack drawer” full of things like small bags of pretzles, trail mix, soy nuts, dried fruits…. and then in the fridge they have things like home made puddings, jello, friut cups, veggies and dips… We re-use small water bottle for drinks and those change often too. I just make sure there’s enough of everything on sundays and don’t have to worry about it all week.

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Amy August 18, 2010 at 6:07 am

My kids love to have apple and pear slices with pumpkin dip (it tastes like pumpkin pie!) or peanut butter.

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Ella @ Frugal Ella August 18, 2010 at 7:06 am

Popcorn is a fav at our house. We have a cast iron popper, which makes it much healthier and cheaper than the microwave kind. We bought a 25lb bag at Costco 2 years ago and are still working our way through it.

@Amanda – thanks for the idea for mini muffins…I just saw my trays the other day and was thinking I needed to put them to use.

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Bette @ Frugal Mom x3 August 18, 2010 at 7:22 am

I always include a fruit or veggie & dip for the girls lunches. I just picked up another thermos cause my third baby is starting Jk this year. Instead of chips I give them rice crackers. I make zuchinin or banana muffins in small muffin tins. For a while my oldest was requesting her favourite cereal and milk as her morning school snack.

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Lisa August 18, 2010 at 8:21 am

I just blogged too. Seems like this is on ALL of our minds. I think a link list of all of our lunch box idea posts would be a great idea.

My kids like almonds and clementines. Sounds limited I know but its what they will eat guaranteed every time. I want to try those mini Chocolate Chip Zucchini muffins too.

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Yvonne Constante August 18, 2010 at 11:23 am

My son loves baby yellow tomatoes, and grape tomatoes tossed with a tiny bit of Kraft’s Tuscan Italian dressing. Organic raisins are another item that he loves. I also pack whole grain crackers, nitrate free turkey and ham, and organic white cheddar, so that he can make his own “lunchables”. Great post! I am loving all of these ideas from the other moms!

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Ange August 18, 2010 at 3:12 pm

I love crockpot ladies applesauce. It is delicious!

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Lisa August 18, 2010 at 3:37 pm

I just blogged something very similar too. I think it is what is on everybody’s mind right now. My kids love almonds and clementines. Its a limited list of “likes” I know. Im going to try a few of the ideas here.

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RJ August 19, 2010 at 7:25 am

Ants on a log! (celery, Peanut butter and raisins) Use dried cranberries instead of raisins and they’re Yule Logs! :-) Also all kinds of almonds, baby carrots, grape tomatoes. Dole now has mandarin oranges in 100% fruit juice instead of syrup! (finally!) We’ll be putting THAT to good use! Triscuits work well with numerous toppings (cheese, hummus, grape tomatoes, tuna salad) Also yogurts or 100% apple applesauces. Plus, the Amish market near here sells mini fruit or veggie trays with dip for only $2.50, which easily makes 4 snack-sized portions! We just re-use the trays and containers!

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Snack Girl August 19, 2010 at 8:25 am

Great post! My favorite website for healthy snack ideas is http://www.snack-girl.com/

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