Healthy snacks and sides to pack with lunch

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Wondering what healthy snacks and sides to pack with lunch? Check out this comprehensive list of fruits, veggies, homemade and storebought snacks that’ll help you pack a well-balanced lunch for your family.

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Healthy snack and sides to pack with school lunch

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When packing fruits, make sure you pack the ones that go bad quickly, like the berries earlier during the week. Also, dry off the rinsed fruit before packing to prevent them from going mushy.

  • Apples / applesauce
  • Avocados
  • Banana
  • Blueberries
  • Cantaloupe
  • Grapes
  • Mandarin / Navel oranges
  • Melons
  • Peaches
  • Pineapples
  • Pomegranate
  • Raspberries
  • Strawberries
  • Watermelons

Dry fruits

  • Apricots
  • Cranberries
  • Dates
  • Dried figs
  • Raisins
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  • Cheese sticks, cubes or slices
  • Chicken nuggets
  • Edamame
  • Falafel
  • Boiled Eggs
  • Mozzarella balls
  • Milk
  • Nuts (assorted mix)
  • Nut butter with bread
  • Paneer (cottage cheese)
  • Seeds
  • Tofu
  • Yogurt parafait

Store-bought options

When buying store-bought snacks, I lean towards the ones that contain ingredients that I recognize and have no added coloring or preservatives.

  • Baked kettle chips
  • Coconut water
  • Kettle chips
  • Larabar
  • Pirate’s Booty
  • Pita chips with hummus
  • Skinny pop
  • Whole wheat tortilla chips with salsa
  • 100% whole grain crackers
  • Wheat Thins

Homemade options

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