I don't know about you, but figuring out what to send my kids for snack (let alone lunch), is the bane of my existence. Okay, that's being a little dramatic. I know there are many worse problems out there than what my kids eat between meals. But I have a picky eater at home (I'm the only one, right?) and he won't eat fruit or cheese sent for snack. I know you're saying that if he's hungry enough, he'll eat it. No. He won't. And he's a stick. He'd eat chips and cookies if I sent that, but I won't.
So here's my list of snack foods, not all of which my kids will eat, but I'm trying to be thorough in case yours will. I also need snacks to be finger foods (they have a "working snack" and no recess - don't get me started) and contain no nuts or sesame seeds. Sigh. Glad my kids aren't allergic, but there are a rash of kids at school who are.
DAIRY: cheese, tubes of yogurt, container of milk
FRUIT/VEGGIES: banana, apple slices, grapes, berries, raisins, carrots, dried fruit, snapea crisps, edamame,
STARCH: crackers, bag of high fiber/lower fat cereal, bars (Nature Valley or chewy granola), popcorn, pretzels (I like the honey wheat ones from Trader Joe's), goldfish, rice cakes (preferably with cheese), graham crackers
PROTEIN: Beef or turkey jerky, and the following if your school isn't nut free: mixed nuts, honey roasted peanuts, sunflower seeds (these are banned from our school as well)
BAKED: I make pumpkin muffins from scratch (or with TJ's mix - seasonal), or banana muffins with chocolate chips (no nuts, unfortunately).
The people at Snack Factory sent me some samples of Pretzel Crisps, just at the time when I was running low on snack ideas. These are tasty and come in a bunch of flavors (several of which my kids will eat - I'll save the jalapeno ones for me)
What school snacks are in your regular line-up?