Backpack Snacks: 5 Budget Friendly Foods that Will Survive a Backpack

It’s that time of year again!  Having groceries on hand, and either packing snacks and lunches for your school aged kids, or them attempting to tackle it themselves becomes a daily challenge.  My 5th grader this year is getting better about packing her own food for the school day.  And I love that their teacher allows them to snack in the classroom throughout the day, as long as they aren’t disruptive.

But I’m frequently at a loss as to what to grab and purchase at the store for backpack snacks and lunches, so thought I’d share these helpful ideas from FoodInsight.  They serve as a nutrition and food safety resource for consumers, health professionals, journalists, educators, government officials, and students.

Backpack Snacks - 5 Budget Friendly Foods that Will Survive a Backpack

Backpack Snacks

5 Budget friendly foods that will survive a backpack and provide on-the-go nutrition, ensuring kids get the fuel they need without the muss or fuss

Trail Mix

  • Trail mix is bite-sized and packed with protein & healthful fats
  • Add a handful of chocolate chips to your trail mix for a sweet boost of antioxidants

Cereal Cups

  • Cereal cups are easy to grab and go with ready made portions
  • The fiber, protein, and whole grains in cereal cups keep kids feeling full
  • Cereal cups can be eaten with or without milk

Ants on a Log

  • Top celery or carrots with nut butter, sprinkle with dried fruit like raisins to make Ants on a Log
  • Ants on a Log are fun for kids to make on their own!

Portable Snack Packs

  • Portable snack packs offer lots of different options in your grocery aisle
  • Make your own portable snack packs by stacking turkey, ham, or pepperoni with cheese on whole wheat crackers

Yogurt Cups, Tubes, & Smoothies

  • Yogurt cups, tubes, & smoothies are excellent source of protein & calcium
  • Yogurt cups, tubes, & smoothies are perfect for an energy boost before afternoon activity
  • Yogurt cups, tubes, & smoothies last up to 4 hours without refrigeration


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