This post is sponsored by Moms Meet. As always, all opinions are mine.
It is back-to-school season and with most schools starting in person, here are some healthy and nut-free snack options that you can pack for your kiddos in their lunch box.
Many schools have a nut-free policy and sometimes parents get confused about what to pack in their kids’ lunch bags. And when it comes to snacks, there are so many options out there, that it can often get overwhelming as well – especially if you are looking for healthier options.
Here is a list of 20 healthy & nut-free snack options that you can give your child. Hint: no. 5 is our current favorite!
1. Fresh Fruits
Starting with the easiest and one of the healthiest snacks – fruits like berries, grapes, apples, cherries, oranges are one of the easiest and healthiest things that you can pack for a snack in your kid’s lunch bag.
2. Fresh Veggies
Veggies like carrots, cucumbers, sugar snap peas, edamame are filled with nutrients and are an excellent snacking option.
3. Nut-free Trail Mix
Since many of the store-bought trail mixes have nuts in them, you can make your own nut-free trail mix by mixing raisins, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, dried apricots, dried cranberries, and even a handful of chocolate chips or coconut chips to make things a bit more interesting.
Hummus is a great protein-packed snack option and it tastes so great as a dip with veggies like carrots, celery etc.
Who doesn’t love popcorn? It is the perfect snack that is loved by kids (as well as adults!)
One of our favorite outdoor activities is going on a treasure hunt in our neighborhood. And after all the running and jumping, I always make sure to have some fun snacks on hand.
We’ve been snacking on Monster Pop Popcorn all summer long and they’re such a delish snack after playtime, on playdates, on Movie nights, and of course even in school lunch boxes.
Monster Pop is made of all whole grain ingredients, and nothing fake. Each bag of Monster Pop is a healthy and natural, treat and is made with only 4 ingredients including real butter.
I also love that they come in small packages so I can easily carry them with me when we are out and about.
Now that we’ll be starting preschool soon, I’m definitely going to be stocking up on these to send in my son’s lunch bag. Both their flavors – Butter & Chesseriffic Cheese are packed with flavor and are gluten-free, non-GMO, and kosher.
Plus the cute packaging is a huge hit with my little one!! The little monster on the pack called Bud is my son’s absolute favorite and he loves munching on his Monster popcorn!
String Cheese, cheese cubes, or a slice of cheese is one of the best go-to snacks that you can give if your kid loves cheese.
If your kid loves yogurt – there is nothing better than yogurt as it is full of probiotics and protein. You can also give them some granola along with yogurt that they can put on their yogurt for some crunch.
You can’t really go wrong with applesauce – however, just make sure there is no added sugar in them.
If your kid is an olive lover just like mine, they are a great option to give them in their lunch bag.
10. No-Bake Energy Balls
You can make your own energy balls at home with simple ingredients like dates, oats, flax seeds and even add a little bit of cocoa powder to turn them into chocolate energy balls. Just add them to your food processor, pulse, and make them into balls. You can also add shredded coconut on top to make them look even better.
11. Seed Butter
Seed butter such as sunflower seed butter, pumpkin seed butter, or even sesame butter is a great nut-free option to add to your kids’ school lunches. They can have them as a dip with fruits like apples, bananas, etc.
12. Fruit Cups
While fresh fruits are always the best, having fruit cups on hand can sometimes be very convenient as they are just easy to throw in the lunch bag when you are in a rush.
13. Freeze-Dried Fruits
Freeze-dried fruits are a fun way to switch things up in your child’s lunch box.
14. Wheat/ rice/ corn cereal
Who doesn’t love cereal? However there’s one thing I usually keep in mind when buying cereal – and that is to avoid extra sugary cereal.
15. Fruit Leather/ Fruit Rolls ups
You can make your own fruit leather at home if you have the time or if you are going for store-bought ones, try to get the ones that have no added sugar/ dyes in them
16. Multigrain chips
Now chips are technically not considered healthy, but multigrain chips are considered healthier than regular potato chips and they are always a great option to have at hand.
17. Wheat/ multigrain crackers
Wheat/ multigrain crackers are also great for a crunchy snack.
We all know that avocados have healthy fats in them and so guacamole is a great snack option that you can pack along with a few crackers or chips to dip in it.
19. Cottage Cheese
Another great dairy option is cottage cheese which is also packed with a lot of protein.
20 Nut-Free bars
Store-bought or homemade nut-free bars made from dates, figs, oats are also a great energy booster snack.
So there you go – these are some of the healthy and nut-free snacks that you can pack in your kids’ lunch box. I hope this post helped you to get a few ideas on healthy but free snacks. What are your kids’ favorite snacks? I would love to know!
Also, don’t forget to try out Monster Pop Popcorn – they are truly delish! and you won’t be able to stop eating them! And don’t forget to use the code MOM25 & save 25% off your order.