It’s pretty much the parenting dream to have kids who can make their own lunches, can we agree? You can be one step closer to lunchbox independence when you stock your pantry with high-quality snacks that come in individual servings. Order some high-protein snacks, nut-free snacks, granola bars and fruity options to set yourself up for a successful school year.

Dick and Jane Educational Snacks

Make snack time fun and educational! Dick and Jane's educational snacks are all-natural, non-GMO and 100% nut-free. Each pack is made with crackers imprinted with learning opportunities like spelling, abbreviations and more. Varieties currently include States & Capitals, Presidents, English & Spanish, Food & Nutrition, Fun & Fitness and Farmers Market.

Get them here, $25 for 30 variety pack

Nature's Bakery Baked-Ins

You'll love these organic soft-baked bars made with wholesome whole grains, real fruits and veggies in every bite. They come in Chocolate Oat and Banana Chocolate Chip flavors and you'll definitely want to grab some for hiking and school snacks.

Get them here, $4.69/box of six. 

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Whisps

Getting kids to eat more protein is a never-ending parental quest. We love adding Whisps to kid lunches as they satisfy those crunchy cravings while providing some brain food that kids need. Whisps are gluten free, keto friendly cheese crisps that are a good source of protein and made with one ingredient: 100% cheese. Swap out the chips and go for Whisps instead. 

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Solely Fruit Jerky

Jerky just got fruity with Solely Fruit Jerky! Made from whole organic fruit, picked at its peak and then crafted into deliciously portable strips this jerky has no sugars, no preservatives and no concentrates. Just the 1, 2 or 3 whole ingredients in delicious flavors like Mango, Pineapple and Banana. We love them for lunchboxes or to bring along when you need an extra burst of flavor, like on a family hike. 

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UNREAL Vegan Treats

Looking for a special after-school treat? Something to tell your kids, "great job!" for a hard week of school? UNREAL offers simple, organic, non-GMO treats with up to 51% less sugar than leading brands. Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups deliver that classic flavor combo kids will be begging to trade for at the lunch table. For something a little different, Dark Chocolate Coconut Bars and Dark Chocolate Crispy Quinoa Gems deliver big taste and texture with simple, sustainable ingredients.

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KIND Bar Minis

KIND Minis pack massive taste into 100 calories or less, with choices like Dark Chocolate Cherry Cashew and Peanut Butter. Kids will love adding them to their lunchbox rotation and you can feel good that they are getting some good nutrition in at snack time. 

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Undercover Snacks

Healthy ingredients… in disguise! Developed by a mom whose two daughters were diagnosed with celiac disease, all Undercover Snacks are made with carefully sourced all-natural, gluten-free, non-GMO, simple ingredients and Rain Forest Alliance Certified chocolate.

Undercover Snacks are made with crispy quinoa, which is naturally gluten-free, packed with protein, fiber and nutrients, and has an incredible crunchy texture. They are made in a dedicated facility that is free of the top ten food allergens. For lunchboxes, tuck one of their single-serve packs in as a treat! 

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Nature’s Bakery Whole Wheat & Gluten-Free Fig Bars

These tasty bars are a wholesome win-win for families on-the-go with convenience and nutrition wrapped up in one soft baked bar. Whole wheat bars come in Raspberry, Strawberry, Blueberry, Peach Apricot, Apple Cinnamon, and Original Fig. You can find the gluten-free version in Pomegranate, Blueberry, and Raspberry flavors. 

Get yours here, $17.94 for six boxes of six bars each. 

Belgian Boys

Belgian Boys make delicious non-GMO European sweets and you're going to want to stock up on them for school lunches. Kids will especially love the chocolate chip mini cookies that come in the too-cute mustache shape and the stroopwafel duo packs, perfect for grab and go.

Brave Good Kind Tender Chicken Bars

Up your protein game this year with these in your backpack. Perfect for a day at the beach or a hiking adventure, these jerky bars are the savory treat your crew needs. Hot Honey is our favorite with its sweet kick. Tender Chicken Bars also come in teriyaki and original flavors. 

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SkinnyDipped Snack Packs & Peanut Butter Cups

The perfect size to fit into any lunch box, SkinnyDipped snack packs will be your go-to treat! Available in a variety of flavors such as Cocoa Almond, Lemon Bliss, Peanut Butter Almond, Super Dark + Sea Salt, and more, all of SkinnyDipped's coated nuts are all made with way less sugar and real, non-GMO ingredients (including no artificial colors/flavors and no sugar alternatives). They are also made with ethically sourced chocolate and are gluten-free and Kosher.

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Satisfy your sweet tooth with SkinnyDipped’s milk chocolate and dark chocolate peanut butter cups! SkinnyDipped brings balance to the equation with loads of scrumptious peanut butter nestled in a thin, chocolate shell. These cups are made with simple ingredients, and only 2g-4g of sugar (up to 79% less sugar than leading brands) you can feel good giving them to your kids. 

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YumEarth

YumEarth is there for parents who want organic, allergy-friendly sweets to add to their kid's lunchbox rotation. These sweets are free of the top 8 allergens, high fructose corn syrup, and artificial dyes. From lollipops to gummies and licorice bites, YumEarth has a range of options for kids to enjoy in the cafeteria or on the school bus. Kids especially love the rock-shaped roll'n stones chocolate candy

DINO BARS

Developed by parents, DINO BARS are the healthy, travel-friendly bar that your kids will love eating. They are wrapped in edible paper and available in three fun flavors: strawberry, blueberry, and mango. Parents will love that they are non-GMO, USDA certified organic and free from nuts, gluten, soy, and dairy. 

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Hilo Life Snacks

These high-protein snacks are great for after school or before sports. They come in two different combos: Super Cheesy (crispy cheddar cheese and almonds) and Really Ranchy (crispy gouda cheese and pecans). Each pack has 9g of protein (but just 3g of net carbs). 

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RIND Skin-On Dried Fruit

Sink your teeth into RIND’s new Skin-In Dried Fruit snacks! The chewy, tasty snacks have no added sugar and 4-6g of fiber per serving. Because the skin is still on, kiddos will get more vitamins, antioxidants, and fiber than other dried fruit brands. Not only that, they are non-GMO project verified, Kosher certified, allergen-friendly and gluten-free. We love all the flavors that include Tropical Blend, Straw-Peary, Orchard, Tangy Kiwi, Coco-Melon and Coconut Crisps.

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Seapoint Farms Mighty Lil’ Lentils

Enjoying lentils never tasted so good! Perfect to enjoy by the handful or tossed on a salad, these salty snacks pack plant-based protein, are gluten-free and have vegan options. Choose from Pink Himalayan Salt, Barbeque, Falafel and Cinnamon Sugar.

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Supernola

For on-the-go snacking that you can count on to be free of junk, look to Supernola. These superfood clusters come in Triple Berry Vanilla, Dragon Fruit Lemon Zest, Honey Sweet Goji, Banana Nut Crunch, and Dark Chocolate Nut Crunch. Supernola fits many specialty diets including Paleo, Keto (4 flavors), Vegan (4 flavors), and is naturally dairy, gluten, grain, peanut and refined sugar-free.

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Bobo's Oat Bars and Bites

Bobo's is the favorite in the world of whole grain snacks and you're going to want to order some this school year. With single-serve products that make lunch-making easy, you have tons of options to choose from like the brand new strawberry and apple stuff'd oat bites for a fruity snack that keeps you full.

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CLIF Kid Zbars

Our tots adore Zbars (and we do, too), which is why we think you should order some up for school lunches. They aren't full of a ton of junk and they are the perfect mini size for mini appetites. 

Available here

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Just the Cheese

These crunchy little snacks come in bar and bite-sized and are the perfect alternative to those mounds of cheese crackers full of ingredients you can't pronounce. Because these babies are very straightforward: they are literally just baked cheese! Super low carb and high protein, all you KETO moms might just be snagging these for yourself. 

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Life's Grape Vine-Dried Grapes

When is a raisin not a raisin? When it's a vine-dried grape, aka a revamped raisin from Life's Grape. It might not sound like that big of a deal but for anyone who ever tried to pry that last chunk of hard, dry raisins from a box, hear this: these are superior raisins!!! Each one is plump and sweet and our editor's finicky eight-year-old gobbled them up a lunch-sized packet and asked for more. We can't wait to use them in baking, too! 

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—Kate Loweth

 

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