The Best No-Brainer Lunch Box Snack Ideas

When it comes to school lunches, I think most of us are over the cute animal-shaped sandwiches and artistically-crafted cheese and fruit concoctions that we’re seeing all over the internet these days.

For most parents, some good snack options that will get eaten are quite enough. And if you can pack delicious options that are quick and easy to put together, well you’ve won the parenting lottery.

Here are a few of our no-brainer, delicious, kid-friendly and simple (read: you don’t have to be a Pinterest master to make them) school lunch snack ideas.

Pretzels & hummus

Pretzels are basically just a sneaky method for getting hummus into your kid. Give them a yummy treat (like pretzels) and some hummus for dipping and they’ll be getting a great snack. Plus, you can buy hummus in individual-sized little containers, so you can just grab them out of the fridge and pop them into the lunch box.

Yogurt and homemade granola

This one requires a little make-ahead preparation, but lots of granola recipes come together in a flash and you can make enough to store for a whole week ahead. Put the yogurt and the granola in two separate containers and let your kid mix them up when it’s time to eat. Simple and delicious! Tip: We like topping with chocolate chips in our house!

Welch’s Fruit Snacks

These little snack bags are quick to grab and throw into lunch boxes. So easy. And the great thing is, they are SO yummy (so much so that I like to throw several into my purse for when I’m out on the go). Plus, fruit is the first ingredient and they’re preservative-free. Another parenting win!

Apples & seed butter ‘sandwiches’

apple and seed butter

I have one of those apple slicer/corer thingys that cuts the apple into slices perfectly in one fell swoop. Then I smear a little seed butter on each slice, smoosh it together with another slice and call them sandwiches. Kids love them and it’s super quick to put together.

Rice cakes

A good combo of salty and crunchy, my kids love rice cakes in our house. And I like putting them in school lunches because I know that they will be devoured at lunch time.

Nut-free homemade ‘trail mix’

Here’s a pro tip: put your kids’ favourite dry cereal, some raisins (or other dried fruit), sunflower seeds and chocolate chips into a container and shake it up. Instant trail mix.



Kids seem to love edamame. You can grab the fresh or frozen kind and toss it into a container for your kids easily. We love it.


No, not twigs. We love to grab pepperoni sticks and those little bread sticks for a quick snack. The bread sticks go well with dips like hummus as well and the pepperoni sticks are just fun and yummy.

With a few of these, you’ll be full of great ideas for a full year of delicious school snacks!


Thanks to Welch’s Fruit Snacks for partnering with us on this fun post!


This was created in partnership with Welch’s Fruit Snacks, but all the opinions are our own. We don’t tell you about products and services we don’t believe in. Parenting is hard enough as it is – no need to wade through extra info we don’t stand by!


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