9 Healthy, Vegan Back-to-School Snacks
Sending the kids back to school means it’s time to get crackin’ on the (healthy) snackin!’ Whether your family follows a plant-based diet or is simply looking for healthier snack options, we’ve compiled some of our favorites that are perfect for your kiddos’ lunchboxes and enjoying on-the-go!
In the Morning & On the Way to School
Bananas with cinnamon cashew butter - This simple snack will keep your kids energized and alert without the sugar crash later. Here’s the recipe for our delicious cinnamon cashew butter, perfect for dipping fruit into and doubles as a spread for toast!
GoMacro Minis - The perfect grab-and-go snack when heading out the door! Whether your kids skipped breakfast or want something to munch on on the way to school, these are the perfect sized snack to keep them fueled throughout the morning. Our Sunflower Butter + Chocolate minis are a great school-friendly option since they’re nut-free.
Nuts and pretzels - Pack some cashews or almonds with pretzels in a little container for the morning car ride - it’s mess-free and will keep them full until lunchtime.
Fuel During the Day
Rainbow spring rolls - These are fun to make with your kids and taste as yummy as they look! Wrap their favorite veggies (shredded carrot, cucumber, lettuce and tofu work great) in rice paper and pack them along with a homemade peanut or soy sauce. Here’s a recipe for some inspiration.
Hummus with pita chips & veggies - Ditch the potato chips and opt for a healthier alternative, pairing your child’s favorite hummus with some pita chips and/or fresh veggies. Salty cravings = satisfied!
Chia pudding with berries & dark chocolate - Perfect for an after lunch pick-me-up, this mid-day “dessert” will satisfy their sweet tooth while giving them energy to conquer the rest of the school day. Mix ⅓ cup chia seeds with 1 ½ cups almond milk in a mason jar and place in the fridge to chill overnight. The next morning, the chia seeds should have expanded to create a pudding-like texture. Top with fresh berries + dark chocolate chips (and whatever else you’d like to add), screw on the lid to the mason jar and you’re good to go!
Acai bowl/smoothie - While the weather is still warm, cool down with a delicious acai bowl or smoothie for an after-school treat. This recipe by Earthy Andy is our go-to!
Chips & salsa - When it’s a late dinner kind of night, have some whole grain chips and fresh salsa (this homemade recipe is amazing!) on hand for when the kids get home from school. We like adding black beans, corn, and avocado to make it even tastier.
Almond butter & celery sticks - Crunchy celery dipped in smooth almond butter is oh-so-satisfying and super refreshing for the perfect light snack before dinner.
We hope you enjoy these simple and healthy snack ideas for the school year! Cutting out processed and sugary snacks isn’t always easy as a busy parent, but incorporating some healthier alternatives will start to make a huge, positive difference for you and your family.