Make School Lunch a Breeze with these 7 Simple Snacks!

by Priscilla Schrubb on August 12, 2022

Did you know that snacking during the day can actually help kids focus at school? Studies have shown that when students are able to munch on nutritious snacks throughout the day, they’re better able to focus on their school and homework! 

With the school year officially around the corner it’s time to fill those lunch boxes with snacks that will get everyone through the day. Wondering what snacks are best to send in your student’s backpack? Look no farther! We’ve got you covered with seven delicious snacks that are sure to satisfy any craving and keep everyone on track.

Homemade Trail Mix

The key to making the most out of school-time snacks is a healthy balance of carbohydrates, healthy fats, and proteins. With so many options, homemade trail mix is the perfect way to please any palette while providing the nutrition that will keep the brain fog at bay. 

Whether your student has a sweet-tooth or is a savory-fiend, trail mix provides the perfect crunch to solve math problems with. Check out this mix:

This mix is sweet, salty, and crunchy! The whole almonds provide a healthy fat and a delicious nutty flavor while the sunflower seeds bring a light crunch. Our sweet and savory Cheddar and Caramel popcorn ties all the flavor profiles together to make a yummy bite between classes! Add dried cherries or raisins for a sweet and chewy note or toss in some chocolate chips for a little mid-day indulgence. 

Make the mix that speaks to you! We’ve got flavors to match any preference. 

Strawberry Oatmeal Bars

Whether you’re serving them for breakfast, between class snacks, or as a lunchtime dessert, these Strawberry Oatmeal Bars are the BEST brain fuel! Oats are a heart-healthy source of carbohydrates and fiber, making them the perfect way to keep your student feeling full, all day. These Strawberry Oatmeal Bars are easy to make and even better to eat! Follow the recipe below to make these yummy squares: 


  • 2 sticks (1 cup) salted butter, cut into pieces, plus more for greasing pan
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cup oats
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • One 10 to 12-ounce jar strawberry preserves

Get your oven preheated to 350° while you grease your 9in-by-13in pan with butter and set aside. In a large mixing bowl combine your butter, flour, oats, brown sugar, baking powder, and salt. Press half of the mix into your greased pan then spread with strawberry preserves. Sprinkle the rest of your oat mixture over the top of your pan and bake for 30-40 minutes or until golden brown. 

Let cool and cut into squares for easy snacking. Enjoy! 

Homemade Granola

Like our homemade trail mix “recipe” this granola recipe can be made to accommodate everyone’s favorite flavors. Granola is a versatile snack to have on hand, and it’s easy to make! 

Grab your favorite rolled oats to use as your base and then get to adding all of your favorite nuts, seeds, and spices! Mix all of your dry ingredients well, then add a ½ cup of maple syrup, a ¼ cup of honey, and ¼ cup of coconut oil. 

Spread your mixture out on a parchment lined baking sheet and bake in a 350° oven for 30 minutes. Make sure to stir your granola every 10 minutes to keep it baking evenly and prevent burning. 

Store in an airtight jar or bag until you’re ready to enjoy!

Baked Apple Chips

A one and done snack that’s crunchy and sweet? Sign us up! These chips are the perfect snack to welcome Autumn and will have your kitchen smelling heavenly as they cook. 

Apple chips are simple to make! Preheat your oven to 200° and line your cookie sheet with a slipmat or parchment paper. Slice your favorite apples as thin as possible, ⅛ of an inch is perfect if you can get them that thin!

Place your apples in a single layer across your baking sheet (for extra flavor sprinkle with cinnamon or apple pie spice) and bake for 1 hour. Flip, then continue cooking for another 90 minutes. If your apples aren’t as crunchy as you’d like them, continue baking until they reach optimal crunch level, checking every 10-15 minutes. 

Prefer to keep your kitchen cool? We hear you! These yummy chips can be made in the air fryer! Preheat your air fryer to 200° (about 3 minutes). Slice your apples thin and place in a single layer in your air fryer basket. Air fry for 20 minutes or until your desired crunchiness! 

Store in an airtight container to enjoy for about a week! 

Ranch Munch Mix

We’ve got plenty of sweet suggestions, but if savory is more your family’s style, here is the recipe for you! This munch mix is sure to keep everyone coming back for more with its ranch and parmesan goodness. 

In a bowl, combine ⅔ cup of your preferred cooking oil, 1 packet of ranch dip seasoning mix, and 4 cups Naked Popcorn. From there, add any of your favorite savory snacks! We suggest waffle style pretzels and almonds or pistachios. Don’t let us limit your imagination, though! Just like homemade trail mix, this snack mix should be filled with anything and everything your family likes to snack on. If you’d like to add a little garlic and parmesan to the mix, substitute the Naked popcorn for our Garlic Parmesan blend.

Once your mix is all added to the bowl, give it a good toss and pop it into the microwave for 2 minutes (pausing halfway through to toss again) and enjoy! Store this mix in an airtight container or baggy for up to three days, though we promise you it’ll be gone long before then! 

Frozen Dipped Blueberries

This super yummy snack is perfect to cool down with after a long day at school! Whether you prefer to use yogurt or chocolate to coat your blueberries, they’re too good to eat just one and are crazy easy to make. 

Prep your coating (either by melting your chocolate or transferring your yogurt to a wide mouth bowl) and wash your blueberries. Begin dipping your berries into your coating with a fork or small spoon. Make sure the berries are completely covered and set onto a parchment lined baking sheet. Top with fruit zest, chopped nuts, or sea salt for a pop of flavor and then place into the freezer for an hour. 

Once the chocolate or yogurt is set up, transfer to an airtight container and keep in the freezer for a quick, cool after school treat! 

Homemade Fruit Leather

Make your student’s favorite fruit into this chewy snack in just a few easy steps! Making fruit leather does take some time, but trust us, it’s worth it. 

Blend 4 cups of your family favorite fruit with 2 tablespoons of honey and spread evenly over a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake at 200° for 6 hours or until the leather is easy to pull away from the parchment paper. 

Let cool fully, at least 4 hours, and then cut into strips, parchment paper and all, and roll! These are easy to throw into any lunchbox or are a quick grab as you’re running out of the door first thing in the morning. 

Having a nutritious snack option throughout the school day is a fantastic way to ensure that your student is fueled and ready to tackle anything that comes their way! Sweet, savory, or somewhere in between, we hope this list has helped bring some new flavors to snacktime. 

Want a snack that’s healthy and ready-to-go? Any of our delicious flavors of popcorn are the perfect way to keep the family going strong throughout their day!


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