Lunch box

4 simple lunch box
snack ideas

Looking for healthy, low-cost snacks that are simple to make and can be slipped into your kids' lunch boxes? Here's a list of our tastiest ideas!

Quick crispy snacks

Quick crispy snacks

Do your kids love chips? Here are a few foods that are a tasty way to satisfy their afternoon craving for a crispy treat. They check all the right boxes: they're nutritious, low-cost, and delicious!

  • Kale chips
  • Roasted chickpeas
  • Crispy pumpkin seeds

How to make them

After sprinkling the kale chips, chickpeas, or pumpkin seeds with the seasoning of your choice, give them that extra "crispiness" that your kids love by baking in the oven.

  • Kale chips: bake at about 275 F° for 15 minutes.
  • Chickpeas and pumpkin seeds: bake at 375 F° for about 15 minutes and stir halfway through.

Dried apples for anyone with a sweet tooth

Dried apples for anyone with a sweet tooth

If your kids love sweets, they'll adore sugar and cinnamon baked apple chips. Simply spread out some very thin apple slices on a roasting pan, sprinkle brown sugar and a bit of cinnamon on top, and bake in the oven at 230 F° for 90 minutes.

Dried apples for anyone with a sweet tooth
Fresh smoothie to go

Fresh smoothie to go

Smoothies are a healthy, affordable snack that can be tailored to any taste. Simply add frozen fruit, milk, yogurt, and a bit of maple syrup in the blender.

Practical tip: To save time and money, make a large batch and freeze the liquid in an ice cube tray. The next morning, simply put a few cubes in a travel mug. Your kid will be able to enjoy a delicious smoothie during their morning recess!

Stovetop popcorn

Stovetop popcorn

Popcorn is a delicious snack that can be added to a child's lunch box or served at a kids' party. And best of all, it's incredibly inexpensive!

You'll need a pot, vegetable oil, and popcorn kernels. Simply heat the oil in a large pot or saucepan, then add the kernels. Cover and gently stir every now and again until the kernels pop. Season with as much butter, olive oil, and various seasonings as you like!

Seasonings you can combine to your liking:

  • Olive oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Chili powder (if your child likes their popcorn with a bit of a kick)
  • Butter
  • BBQ seasoning
  • Parmesan cheese

Stovetop popcorn

As you can see, there are tons of healthy options when it comes to snacks. All you have to do is find the ones that your kid will love. Don't be afraid of improvising and to taste test these ideas!