The new school year is just a few weeks in, and if you are responsible for packing kids lunches and snacks you are probably already strapped for ideas. Old standbys like peanut butter are off limits and if the product isn't in fun packaging or you have a picky eater, it can be difficult to come up with ideas. We've compiled a list of kid-tested, healthy snacks that are high in protein, tasty and unique alternatives to other packaged snack food options.
Made from roasted sunflower seeds, delicious Sunbutter is free of gluten, all tree nuts and peanuts, making it an ideal option for school lunches and snacks. It tastes great on celery, on bananas and, of course, for making sunflower seed butter and jam sandwiches!
Popchips: Popchips are a delicious ‘popped’ chip containing half the fat of regular chips. By applying heat and pressure to a corn-kernel sized piece of potato, a popped potato chip is born. A snack-sized bag contains only 120 calories and comes in eight yummy flavours.
GoGo quinoa cookies: These gluten-free chocolate chip cookies are as good as the real thing. For those of you with children who are sensitive to wheat, eggs, or dairy this is an awesome go-to cookie for recess snacking.
Fruitzio: The folks over at Crispy Green have found a way to turn fruit into a unique, healthy snack that’s sure to be a hit on the playground. Each crunchy snack size bag contains one whole fruit, is fat free, free of preservatives, and has 100 calories.
Elevate My Breakfast: We all know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day but with so many of us rushing to get to school on time, it is often neglected. Packed full of real whole fruit, whey protein, almonds and walnuts, Elevate My Breakfast squares are protein rich, and are a fast and tasty way to ensure you child gets off to a good start.
Roasted Soy Beans by The Bean Ladies: Kids will go bananas for flavours like Apples and Cinnamon, Canadian Maple Eh?, and Pomegranate & Pear. These beans are non-GMO and gluten free, making them an awesome high protein, low allergy school time snack. The Bean ladies have just opened a store-front in Brampton, Ontario, but the rest of us can order directly from their site.