It’s time to start stuffing those lunch boxes again! Many people think that grabbing prepackaged junk food requires no preparation and saves more time than preparing a healthy snack. However, there are healthier snacks that are prepackaged or require little preparation.
Here are a few easy and healthy snacks that are delicious, provide energy, and just as quick to grab a bag of chips:
Dried or fresh fruit are great options. Apples, oranges, and bananas do not require any preparation. There are a variety of different dried fruits to choose from including banana chips, raisins, or pineapple. Let your child choose his favorite, and it will be a healthy sweet substitute for those chocolate chip cookies.
This snack is also prepackaged and full of fiber and energy. There are a variety of nuts to choose from. Be sure to check with your child’s teacher to make sure no one in the class has a nut allergy.
Pretzels are a tasty substitute for chips and give a salty flavor with half the calories. They are also great to use with dips like hummus.
Peanut butter is a good source of protein and also comes in small serving sizes that are perfect for lunch boxes. Pack this with pretzels or apples for a delicious combination. Almond butter is also a healthy substitute.
Who doesn’t love popcorn? Lose the gallon of butter and it becomes a healthy snack! Popcorn comes prepackaged in small serving sizes that are low calorie with a variety of flavors.
Yogurt is another good snack when your child needs something sweet. It is healthy and light and also comes in a variety of flavors. Pair it with granola and it becomes an easy mid-morning snack.
Throw these easy and healthy snacks into your child’s lunch box when you are in a rush! Not only are they time savers, they are also the perfect fuel your child needs during the school day.