Back-to-School | 10 Packaged Snack Ideas For The Lunch Box

With school and extracurricular activities, our children have very active days. A snack can offer them a boost and help them keep their energy up until their next meal! What are the most popular snack ideas for kids (that parents can feel good about too)? Just head to Teuko and see what other families are sending to school. Here are the latest packaged snacks parents of the Teuko Lunchbox Community like to include in their kids’ lunchboxes.

1. Granola Bars

Our children are growing fast. That’s one thing sure. And sometimes, they need extra fuel – before PE class, or before a test. Thus one granola bar can help them recharge a tiny bit while adding some comfort via the sweetness they provide.

a lunchbox for her kid with pizza, baby carrots, cucumber, broccoli, crackers, apple, blueberries... and a Welo granola.
Our Teuko Friend, @learningandlovingtolunch, packed a lunchbox for her kid with pizza, baby carrots, cucumber, broccoli, crackers, apple, blueberries… and a Welo granola.

Discover all the lunchbox ideas shared by the parents of the Teuko families that come with granola bars, for dessert, or for snack time. So much variety!

2. Smoothies

Children often forget to stay adequately hydrated during their day at school. A smoothie can solve this problem AND add good nutrients and vitamins in a very convenient way.

kids' lunchbox idea on Teuko.com with fresh summer salads, bread and mini brie, and yummy Super Food "Mango-Go!" NurtureLife Smoothies
As an example, @Jessica shared her kids’ lunchbox idea on Teuko.com with fresh summer salads, bread and mini brie, and yummy Super Food “Mango-Go!” NurtureLife Smoothies

We listed the most beloved smoothies by our Teuko Lunchbox Community in this article: “3 Ready-to-Pack Smoothies to Include in Your Kid’s Lunch Box”. Check it out!

DEAL! Check out the NurtureLife Online Shop – $14.99/pack of 4 ($3.75/bottle).

3. Popcorn

A nice way to add a little bit of fun during your kid’s snack time is to include popcorn. Plain popcorn, without butter or salt, is even considered a good snack by nutritionists!

Yumbox with a wrap, carrot and cucumber sticks, banana bread, strawberries and blueberries, dried apricots, and popcorn!
@Abc_lunchies packed in her kids’ Yumbox a wrap, carrot and cucumber sticks, banana bread, strawberries and blueberries, dried apricots, and popcorn!

Discover all the kids’ lunchbox ideas that include popcorn on Teuko.com. Get ready to be amazed!

4. Kefir

Out with the old, in with the new! Drinkable yogurts are still very popular but kefir, which is fermented milk, is more and more visible in our children’s lunch boxes!

a lunchbox hot lunch for kids, with miso soup, potstickers, rice and veggies, Lifeway's Probugs Strawnana Kefir, and green grapes.
@Jessica packed a hot lunch for her kids, with miso soup, potstickers, rice and veggies, Lifeway’s Probugs Strawnana Kefir, and green grapes.

See many more lunchbox ideas that include kefir in the Teuko Kids’ lunch boxes.

5. Crackers

Round, square, rectangle, heart-shaped, fish-shaped, … you can find crackers in all shapes. Teuko Families usually pair them with a little bit of cheese and charcuterie for creating homemade Lunchables. Or they simply put them on the side!

a wonderful lunchbox for her kid, with fried rice, Japanese style, with apple slices, carrot slices, grapes, a Ferrero chocolate candy, and two types of crackers: Japanese crackers and Goldfish crackers!
Our Teuko Friend @snackboxdiaries packed a wonderful lunchbox for her kid, with fried rice, Japanese style, with apple slices, carrot slices, grapes, a Ferrero chocolate candy, and two types of crackers: Japanese crackers and Goldfish crackers!

See all the variety of crackers in the Teuko Kids’ Lunch Boxes on Teuko.com.

6. Squeezable Fruit (and Veggies) Sauces

This is a good alternative to the smoothies for adding some fruits and veggies while having no spoon (and no mess)!

For more details, discover the blog post “Top 3 Ready-to-Go Squeezable Applesauce and Other Fruits (and Veggies) Sauces for Your Kid’s Lunchbox“!

7. PB&J

A classic you can include in your kids’ lunchbox if your school allows peanut products. And yes, some brands now make your life easier by offering the PB&J packaged, ready-to-go!

For more ideas like this, explore all the lunchbox ideas with PB&J on Teuko. The creativity is sometimes unbelievable.

8. Probiotics

Parents nowadays deeply care about their kids’ health and like to add probiotics, whether it’s a gummy or a drinkable shot, in order to reinforce their kids’ immune system. This explains the recent popularity of this “new” kind of snack in the kids’ lunch boxes!

A brunch for her kid with pancakes, eggs, cucumbers, grapes, raspberries, and an Activia probiotic drink.
@Mytoddlermealsideas packed a brunch for her kid with pancakes, eggs, cucumbers, grapes, raspberries, and an Activia probiotic drink.

Discover more lunchbox ideas that include probiotics on Teuko.com.

9. Puffs

Some parents include puffs in their kids’ lunch boxes for the light crunchy texture they bring. Lately, brands have paid attention to reducing salt, which is a good thing, and they have also become creative – have you ever tried chickpea puffs?

spinach tortilla filled with cream cheese, carrot sticks, bell peppers sliced, and shredded cabbage. You'll note, on the side, cheesy puffs, and strawberries.
Our Teuko Friend, @jiloo, amazed us with the Rainbow Pinwheels made with spinach tortilla filled with cream cheese, carrot sticks, bell peppers sliced, and shredded cabbage. You’ll note, on the side, cheesy puffs, and strawberries.

10. Cookies

Our team at Teuko has been aware that some teachers and schools diabolized cookies and forbid them in the kids’ lunch boxes. We find it surprising because, when we curated thousands of school lunch menus from all around the world, we discovered that French kids can even get “beignets” for dessert, some equivalent of a donut. As usual, it’s all about the balance. So, even if you don’t want to encourage treats for every meal, we like the idea to surprise kids with a sweet dessert from time to time.

mini Oreo cookies in a super very green lunchbox
Our Teuko Friend, @thatlunchboxmom, included mini Oreo cookies in her super very green lunchbox!

Are you looking for more healthy snack ideas for kids? Make sure to read what the experts say in our article “How to make your kid’s snack part of a healthy lifestyle“. You’ll learn all about the simple core elements of a healthy snack and how to reinvent snacking in your house!


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