Healthy Snacks for Kids

Healthy Snacks For Kids At School

This year my 5 year old will be at home half day doing homeschool and at a charter school the second half of the day.  I am always concerned about the snacks that are given out to kids and I have always sent her snacks for everything.  This year another mom that we had the pleasure of meeting last year at social group has a child that has the same diet restrictions as my daughter. He just happens to be in her class so we are teaming up to buy the whole class healthy gluten, dairy, soy and dye free snacks.  The trick here is finding snacks all the kids will eat since our kids are used to eating this way and my little Keely likes stuff like seaweed snacks, avocado sushi and olives to name a few.  Here is the list we will be posting in the snack cupboard at school and if any other parents want to contribute this will make it easy to find things for everyone.  We also try to stay away from soy: 1} because Keely has a  sensitivity to it,  2} over 90% is GMO and 3} soy is very high glutamate so an excitotoxin for the brain.    The fact that I know there won’t be gluten, dairy and dye in her classroom will put me much more at ease. A couple items do contain soy lecithin, I tried to make sure and confirm it is gmo free and organic.  I put a ** for those containing it.

  • Apple Slices (Preferably organic or peeled)
  • Pear Slices (preferably organic or peeled)
  • Tasty’s Organic Fruit Snacks- vitacost.com
  • Any Brand Organic Fruit Leathers
  • Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough LARA bars (Wholefoods)
  • Nature’s Path Envirokidz Crispy Rice Bars **(Wholefoods)
  • Bakery On Main Granola Bars, 3 different flavors (Against The Grain or Online) www.bakeryonmain.com– if you are gluten free all their products are great!

  • Bulk Organic Popcorn (Wholefoods)
  • Eden Organic Popcorn – (Online at Edenfoods.com)
  • Pumpkin Seeds, Dry Roasted and Salted, Organic 1 lb for $4.99(Online at Edenfoods.com)
  • Roasted Sunflower Seeds Organic Salted (Nuts.com 1 lb $4.99)
  • Chips and Such
  • Enjoy Life Plentils – Light Sea Salt (Wholefoods)
  • Late July Organic Sea Salt Multigrain Snack Chips, Sweet Potato Chips and Lime Chips (Wholefoods)
  • Original Falafel Chips (Wholefoods)
  • Crisp Root Ridged Cassava Root – Sea Salt or Original (Wholefoods)
  • Ener G Original Gluten Free Pretzels
  • Crunchmaster Multiseed Cracker Original and Multigrain Cracker Sea Salt(Wholefoods)

Cookies

  • Enjoy Life Snicker Doodles (Wholefoods)
  • Kinnikinnick Chocolate Chip Cookies **(Wholefoods)
  • KinniKritters Animal Cookies (Wholefoods, Natural Good Earth)
  • Kinnikinnick Smoreables – Gluten Dairy Free Graham Crackers (Wholefoods, Natural Good)

Specialty Treats or Rewards

  • YumEarth Organic Lollipops –100% Daily Vitamin C and made with real fruit extracts (Wholefoods, Natural Good Earth)
  • Annie’s Pink Lemonade Gummie Bunnies (Wholefoods, Natural Good Earth)
  • Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips Gluten and Dairy Free
  • Surf Sweets Organic Jelly Beans (Wholefoods, Natural Good Earth)
  • pure Gums in Cinnamon, Peppermint, Spearmint and Tropical (Natural Good Earth or online) 

Extra’s and Dips If Feeling Fancy

  • Hummus with cut up veggies or any above chip or cracker
  • Roasted or Raw Organic Almond Butter (Costco, Wholefoods, Sprouts, Natural Good Earth) with apples or pears
  • Black Bean Dip with veggies or any of the above chips or crackers
  • Guacamole – with veggies or any of the above chips or crackers
  • Salsa with ground chia seeds with above chips or crackers
  • Trail Mix – combine favorite seeds or nuts, sulfate sulfite free dried fruits and enjoy life chocolate chips dairy and gluten free.

I love this site for it’s ideas for lively gluten and dairy free school lunches –glutenanddairyfree.com

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