It's that time of year again. Time to pack up the kiddos in the morning and send them off to school.
Along with their backpacks, lunches, special assignments, a check for the fundraiser-du-jour, water bottles (I don't remember bringing this much stuff when I was little)....many teachers encourage sending in a snack.
Before I actually had kids, I used to always recommend fruit as a snack. It seemed so easy to me to just send in an apple or banana with your child. While I'm sure many children can successfully bring in fresh fruit as a snack, none of my 3 kids can do so without a high degree of smushing, crushing, bruising, or leaking which results in an icky snack and disgusting backpack. [And as a side note, even a nanoparticle of a banana on a backpack causes my small, placid dog to eat said backpack in a matter of seconds.]
In the event that this is a problem in your household, I have started a list of some alternative snack options that will provide long-lasting energy and transport easily, even under jarring or backpack-as-cushion-on-the-bus conditions:
Chex mix isn't the healthiest snack option out there, but is a better alternative to chips and other related snacks. This one is not peanut free, so may not work in every classroom.
Popcorn is always a great option as a snack. This new Skinny Pop Popcorn tastes great and only contains popcorn, sunflower oil, and salt as ingredients. No peanuts!
Even a few hours outside of the refrigerator should not be a concern with individual, packaged servings of cheese. This could also be paired up with a side of whole grain crackers. Another peanut free option!
Any other snacks that folks like to send in with their kids?