HEALTHIEST Back to School Snacks for Preschool

You don’t have to waste time reading labels to find the healthiest back to school snacks for toddlers and preschoolers. Just print out this list and keep it in your pantry!

I don’t know about you, but sometimes I over-complicate things with snacks. I think they’re too boring, or not “enough.” But there is NOTHING wrong with keeping it simple!

Often, the simple snacks are the healthiest. I like having some special fun snacks and treats on hand, but for everyday school snacks, easy and inexpensive is my motto.

At my son’s school, parents take turns bringing snacks for the whole class. His school asked me to create a snack guide to give parents a list of acceptable snacks. Whether you’re sending snacks for a whole class, or just your little one, you are going to love having this list on hand.

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Snacks for toddlers and preschoolers just need to tide them over to their next meal time. It can be as easy as a piece of fruit. I like snacks to have some fiber or protein to help them be more filling. That’s why something like goldfish or veggie straws is not my first choice. Those are fun to eat, but don’t do much to satisfy hunger.

And, it doesn’t have to be anything elaborate or involved. You may feel like you’re not doing as good of a job if you’re not making homemade muffins every week, but throwing a string cheese at your toddler (maybe don’t actually throw it, their hand eye coordination is awful) is GREAT and saves you a lot of time and effort.

By all means, make a homemade treat when the mood strikes you! But don’t feel like you have to do that. You also don’t have to buy fancy packaged snacks either. Those are fun, and definitely come in handy when you’re on the go or very busy. We looove the snacks that come in the Healthy Living Kids boxes! But we use those once or twice a week, instead of every day.

The items on this list have no added sugar. Kids typically get plenty of sugar throughout the week, so I prefer to keep it out of their “everyday” snacks.

I could probably talk about snacks forever? But I’m just going to leave you with the list of the healthiest back to school snacks for toddlers and preschoolers!

Here are some important things to note:

  • I included finger foods only. Things like yogurt and cottage cheese are great snacks, but hard to pull off for a class of kids. That’s why I include them as dips instead.
  • Dips are optional, but when I send snacks for the class, I like to include a dip. Especially if it’s not something very filling on it’s own (like baby carrots).
  • Serving size for fresh fruits/veg is about 1/2 cup, plus 1-2 tbsp for dips.
  • Canned/jarred/packaged fruit is not any worse than fresh fruit, just make sure to get the kind that doesn’t have added sugar or sugar substitutes. I always keep jarred pears on hand…they are just SO EASY!

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