Simplify healthy snacks for school with 29 easy ideas and photo examples! Kid-approved (even picky eaters love them), balanced whole foods, healthy choices, and easy to prepare. Never run out of snack ideas again!

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Kid Snacks for School

The goal of school snack (whether a morning snack or after school snack) should be to fuel a child and keep then energized for the long school day. Save this list of ideas and my 5 snack-packing tips to do just that!

5 best ways to make snacking easy and nutritious…

  • FOCUS ON MACRO NUTRIENTS: Protein, fats, and carbohydrates. The major nutrients everyone needs to function and feel good. Examples: fruit = carbs, deli meat = protein, cheese = protein and fat. Learn more about the importance of macronutrients.
  • MEAL PREP BREAKFAST FOODS FOR SNACK: Make muffins, breakfast cookies (made with whole grain oats), or pancakes for the week. Reuse for school lunch and snack! 
  • USE HEALTHY SNACK OPTIONS FROM THE STORE: Cheese stick, pre-popped popcorn, little hummus packs or guacamole, individual-size yogurts, trail mix packs, real fruit leather, and hardboiled eggs are examples of the tasty snacks you’ll find at the grocery store; no cooking or meal prep necessary. 
  • PACK AN ICE PACK: For perishable snacks, always include an ice pack, just as you would for school lunch. Ice packs keep food cold and safe. 
  • CUSTOMIZE PORTION SIZES: These ideas work for the whole family! A younger child may need a small snack. An older child or adult may need a large potion or a few foods paired together. Use these ideas to adjust the size based on appetite and age. 


Use this list to create your own snack pairings and combinations! Include just one snack or pair a couple of snacks together. Not all children have the same taste preferences, so not everything on this list may appeal to your child. Take what you know will work and use the ideas to make snack packing easier! 

29 Snack Ideas

  • Hummus + pita bread, pretzels, or raw vegetables 
  • Pancake sammie: Leftover pancakes spread with cream cheese or nut butter
  • Cheese + crackers
  • Tortilla chips + salsa or guacamole
  • Cottage cheese + mini bell peppers: cut mini bell peppers in half and scoop the cottage cheese as a dip
  • Energy balls
  • Hardboiled Eggs + veggie sticks 
  • Ranch dip + veggies or pita bread
  • Rolled up turkey slices + cheese 
  • Apple slices + nut or seed butter 
  • Chicken or tuna salad + crackers 
  • Apple sandwiches: Apple slices sandwiched together with cream cheese or nut/seed butter 
  • Rice cake + nut or seed butter + banana 
  • Muffins
  • Greek yogurt dip + fruit 
  • Crackers + peanut butter
  • Yogurt + fruit (fresh or frozen)
  • Ants on a Log: nut/seed butter on celery sticks with raisins
  • Beef jerky stick
  • Cucumber cream cheese sandwiches 
  • Popcorn
  • Pepperoni 
  • Oatmeal cups or brownie baked oatmeal
  • Breakfast cookies 
  • Granola bars 
  • Trail mix
  • Yogurt tubes 
  • Real fruit leather + protein (like deli meat or cheese)
  • Chocolate protein yogurt + berries

Healthy After-School Snacks: After school is also a great time to enjoy other yummy snacks that don’t pack well, like popsicles, watermelon, tortilla pizzas, and DIY yogurt tubes.

21 Snack Pairing Ideas (Photo Examples) 

Here are a few photo examples of how to combine foods to make the best snacks (that are healthy and filling) and how to pack them.

hummus, pretzels and snap peas in a snack container
Hummus a great source of fat, carbs, and a little protein

1. Hummus + Pita Bread, Pretzels, or Raw Vegetables 

  • Pair your child’s favorite dip, like hummus, ranch dip, cottage cheese, or guacamole with pita bread, tortilla chips, pretzels, or fresh produce (like carrots, cucumber slices, or mini sweet peppers, or celery sticks). 
  • Snack Container: Sistema and Leak-Proof Dipper Container
Healthy School Snacks Ideas
Use leftover pancakes to make a sandwich with nut butter and jam

2. Pancake Sammie + Orange Slices 

  • Use leftover pancakes or waffles from the weekend to make a sandwich: spread with nut/seed butter (almond butter, peanut butter, or sunflower butter) or cream cheese and jam. Add a favorite fruit on the side. 
  • Snack Container: Lunchskins Paper Bag
Cheese, crackers, and olives in a snack container
Cheese (a healthy fat and protein), crackers (carbs), and olives (and healthy fats)

3. Cheese + Crackers 

  • Add cheese cubes and crackers to a snack container, and (optional) olives or fruit.
  • Snack Container: Sistema
Tortilla chips, salsa, and guacamole in a snack container
Dips are always a fun snack for kids! And can be incredibly healthy (with fat and protein).

4.  Tortilla Chips + Guacamole + Salsa

Energy bites and fruit
Energy balls are a great meal-prep snack option.

5. Energy Balls + Fruit 

  • Energy balls are made by combining oats, peanut butter or sunflower seed butter, and honey. Or, make other options, like blended date and dried fruit energy balls. Meal prep the balls and stock them in the fridge for individual snacks. Pair with fruit, a cheese stick or veggie sticks (like carrots). 
  • Snack Container: Sistema
Hardboiled eggs and carrot sticks
Packed with protein and fat, eggs are a great snack or breakfast to meal prep.

6. Hardboiled Egg + Fresh Veggies 

ranch dip, celery, bell peppers in a snack container.
Meal prep homemade ranch to use for snacking and salad dressing.

7. Ranch dip + Fresh Veggies (or Pita) 

  • Spoon ranch dip into a leak-proof container and add dipping veggies (like carrots or cucumbers) on the side or cut up pit bread. 
  • Snack Container: Sistema and Dipper Container
Rolled up turkey with cheese and spinach, tortilla chips.
Lunch meats are one of the easiest sources of protein!

8. Rolled Up Turkey + Cheese 

  • Take individual slices of turkey (or ham) and roll each one with cheese. Serve with chips on the side.
  • Snack Container: Sistema
Apple slices sprinkled with cinnamon with peanut butter on the side.

9. Apple Slices + Nut/Seed Butter 

  • Add a favorite nut/seed butter (almond butter, peanut butter, or sunflower seed butter) to a leak-proof container and pair with apple slices. To prevent browning, sprinkle apple slices with cinnamon or lemon juice.
  • Snack Container: Sistema and Leak-Proof Dipper Container
Tuna and crackers in a snack container.
Not a traditional snack option, but tuna or chicken salad is a great meal-prep snack or lunch.

10. Chicken or Tuna Salad + Crackers 

Apple sandwiches made with apple slices and peanut butter in a container.
Apple sandwiches are a fun twist on the apples and nut/seed butter combo.

11. Apple Sandwiches 

  • Similar to apples and nut/seed butter, but instead of dipping, make a sandwich! Remove the core from a apple, then slice. Use the slices to make a sandwich by spooning peanut butter (or a favorite nut/seed butter) or cream cheese in the center. Sprinkle with cinnamon or lemon juice to prevent browning.
  • Snack Container: Lunchbots Stainless Steel
Rice cake spread with peanut butter and banana on the side.
My pre-workout snack and also a great option for school!

12. Plain Rice Cake + Peanut Butter + Banana 

  • This is my go-to pre workout snack and it’s great for the kiddos!
  • Spread nut/seed butter (or cream cheese) over the top of a rice cake. Add a banana on the side.
  • At home, slice the banana and add the banana on top. Sprinkle with cinnamon and salt for extra flavor! 
  • Snack Container: Glass Container
Blueberry muffins on a cutting board and container.
Meal prep muffins for the week. A great breakfast and snack option!

13. Muffins 

  • Homemade muffins are a great meal-prep snack! Spread with butter for a healthy fat, or add a cheese stick or rolled up turkey on the side for satisfying protein. 
  • Turn any favorite muffin recipe into mini muffins for small kids and bite-sized snacks. Use a mini muffin pan.
  • Snack Container: Lunchbots Stainless Steel
Yogurt dip with berries on a skewer for dipping.
This yogurt dip may be prepped in a large batch and days in advance!

14. Yogurt Dip + Fruit 

  • Yogurt is rich in protein and probiotics. Add yogurt dip to a leak-proof container and fruit on the side for dipping (like berries, apple slices, pear slices, etc.) 
  • Snack Container: Sistema and Leak-Proof Dipper Container
Celery spread with peanut butter and topped with raisins. Applesauce pouch on the side.
A classic snack: ants on a log! Fruit pouches are also be a handy store-bought option to pair with a snack.

15. Ants on a Log + Fruit Pouch 

  • Spoon peanut butter (or sunflower seed butter for a nut-free option) down the center of celery and top with raisins. Add a fruit pouch on the side. 
  • Snack Container: Lunchbots Stainless Steel
Peanut butter spread on crackers and carrots.

16. Crackers + Peanut Butter + Carrot Sticks

Yogurt and frozen berries in a container.
Add yogurt and frozen berries to a container. Add an ice pack for safety and enjoyment.

17. Yogurt + Fruit 

  • Add yogurt to a leak-proof container and a favorite fruit (fresh or frozen). Frozen fruit is a great option as it defrosts and blends perfectly with the yogurt when stirred.
  • Or buy individual cups of yogurt for snack time-yogurt is a great source of protein! 
  • Snack Container: Lunchbots Stainless Steel
Beef jerky stick and grapes.
An easy store-bought option: jerky sticks!

18. Jerky Stick + Fruit 

Cucumber sandwiches: sliced cucumber with cream cheese.
Mini cucumber sandwiches are always favorite with my kids!

19. Cucumber Cream Cheese Sandwiches

  • Add cream cheese to two cucumber slices to make “sandwiches.”  Healthy fats, a little protein, and some carbs! 
  • Snack Container: Lunchbots Stainless Steel
Popcorn and pepperoni in a snack container.
Popcorn and pepperoni are an easy snack for kids and adults.

20. Popcorn + Pepperoni 

  • Pop your own popcorn on the weekend and store in a bag, or buy popcorn from the store. Serve with pepperoni on the side for a healthy protein/fat. 
  • Snack Container: Lunchbots Stainless Steel
Homemade yogurt tube.

21. DIY Yogurt Sticks 

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