Is snacking even okay?

“I’m hungry!” “I want a snack!” “Moooooommmmmmyyyyyy! I want a cookie!”

Snacks are survival for us moms, right? Snack whining can completely take over our days though. Why are the kids always hungry? Is snacking even okay?

Yes! Snacks can be a perfect part of your parenting strategy. Let’s talk about how to use them to end whining about snacks and how to use a snack formula to keep kids full to the next meal.

Snack Food

What you choose to serve at snack time can determine whether your kids are whining about being hungry in 10 minutes or are satisfied to the next meal. A lot of times kids just want snacks. They ignore “meals” and ask for snacks. Often, this is because different types of foods are served at mealtime versus snack time.

You may have heard the term “snack food.” “Snack food” usually refers to chips, crackers, cookies, candies, dried cereal, etc. These foods make fun additions to a snack box. They also tend to not keep kids full when they make up the whole snack box. Snack foods often don’t have enough protein and fat to keep kids satisfied. Plus kids burn through the processed carbohydrates quickly. When the kids get hungry again (in 30 minutes), they start whining and asking for more snacks.

Meal Food Works for Snacks Too To get out of this cycle, I suggest making "meals" and "snacks" look the same. Basically, food is food.

Snacks can be like mini meals. Little kids may not be hungry at meal time, but they may be hungry at snack time. We never know when they are really going to want to eat a lot. So it’s helpful to make balanced snacks that give them the fuel they need to grow. At snack time, I like to fill them up with all the good stuff.

Meals are a great place to include snack food, if you’d like to include snack foods. I include it right along with everything else. Sometimes there may be a snack time that only includes snack food. I try to make this the exception to the rule, however, so that the kids get enough balance to stay full to the next meal. I use a simple snack formula to keep my kids satisfied to the next meal.

“Keep Them Full” Snack Formula

Here is the snack formula that I have been using for my kids for the past 5 years:

Fat Source + Protein Source + Fruit + Vegetable + Whole Grains (optional) = Full kids!

Fat

A fat source is essential to keep them full for the next 2-3 hours. Fat is also important for brain development in small children. Here are a few healthy fat sources: Olive oil Avocado oil Full fat organic dairy (grass-fed if possible) Coconut oil Avocado or Avocado oil Nuts and seeds (ground up if child is under 4) Nut and seed butter

Protein

Protein also helps the kids stay full for the next 2-3 hours. Protein is important for growth and development too. Here are some healthy protein sources: Nuts and seeds (ground up if child is under 4) Nut and seed butter Hummus Beans Eggs Full fat organic cheese and yogurt (grass-fed if possible) Meat, poultry, fish

Veggies and Fruit

Veggies and fruit are much more than just vitamins and minerals. They have a lot of fiber. Fiber helps keep your little one full too!

Whole Grains

When serving a grain product, I try to use whole grain whenever possible. If I want to include bread, crackers, cookies, etc. I first see if a whole grain option is available. Snacks don’t have to have a grain, but many do. Kids need a lot of carbohydrates to power their activity, and whole grains do a great job of providing carbohydrates. Many types of foods have carbohydrates though, so you don’t have to do a whole grain if you don’t want to. For example, yogurt, milk, and fruit have lots of carbohydrates.

Snack Examples

Here are some of my favorite examples of snacks that help my kids stay full and satisfied. And the best part of this formula is that you can use it for meals too. The portions may be bigger, but the same concepts work!

Healthy Snack Yogurt & Fruit

Yogurt

Full fat plain organic yogurt with hemp hearts (fat & protein) Blueberries & golden berries (fruit) Carrots (vegetable)

Applesauce & Nuts

Unsweetened applesauce (fruit) Topping: ground nuts (fat & protein) and dried fruit (fruit) Cucumbers (vegetable)

Crackers & Hummus

Crackers (whole grain) Hummus (fat & protein) Raw veggies (vegetables) Strawberries (fruit)

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Dinner Leftovers

Taco filling (protein) Tortilla chips (whole grain) Sour cream (fat) Lettuce and tomatoes (vegetables) Blueberries (fruit)

Peanut Butter Toast

Whole grain English muffin (whole grain) Peanut butter (fat & protein) Diced fruit (fruit) Celery and carrot sticks (vegetables)

Cheese & Crackers

Grass-fed cheese (fat & protein) Crackers (whole grain) Sliced oranges (fruit) Cucumber sticks (vegetables)

Muffin or Cupcake

Higher protein muffin or cupcake (protein and fat) Carrots & frozen peas (vegetables) Blueberries & strawberries (fruit) Cheese stick (protein and fat)

Whatever you choose to put in your Yumbox, using a balanced snack formula will help your children stay full longer and be less likely to come whining for a snack.

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165 Responses to Is snacking even okay?

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    Nicolle March 12, 2019 at 1:49 pm #

    What size box is recommended for each age group?

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    Rachel March 12, 2019 at 1:53 pm #

    My little girl loves oranges and peanut butter sandwiches for snacks! The lunch boxes are so cute and this article was so helpful!!

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      jenice March 13, 2019 at 4:04 pm #

      My son loves PB sandwiches and oranges too! Sometimes I add chia seeds to his sandwich for added nutrition and a little crunch!

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    Gladys Aguilar March 12, 2019 at 2:11 pm #

    My kids love apple slices dipped in nut butters

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    Kelsey Estrada March 12, 2019 at 2:19 pm #

    This is so helpful! My son just turned 1 and loves food so we’re really ramping up his eating now that BM isn’t the biggest source.

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    Jill March 12, 2019 at 2:25 pm #

    My almost 5 year old loves fruit and yogurt for snacks. Thank you for all the great ideas!

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    Brittany March 12, 2019 at 2:27 pm #

    My kiddos love carrots and ranch

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    Michelle March 12, 2019 at 2:34 pm #

    Love the green, such a beautiful vibrant color. My littles love apple sauce, and plain yogurt with cinnamon and honey

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    Johanna March 12, 2019 at 2:39 pm #

    Favorite snack is apple slices with peanut butter!

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    Rachel Thrush March 12, 2019 at 2:52 pm #

    I love all the healthy snack suggestions!! I’m definitely going to implement these, to change up snack time and keep him interested!

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    Mafaza March 12, 2019 at 2:55 pm #

    My kids always snack and am gonna follow this idea to see how it goes.

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    Olivia March 12, 2019 at 3:01 pm #

    I always forget about some of our favorite snacks…power balls, Greek yogurt with PB2, fruit, cheese

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    Jenny March 12, 2019 at 3:01 pm #

    We love to serve veggies or apple slices with peanut butter!

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    Sondra March 12, 2019 at 3:02 pm #

    My kids LOVE snacking!!! I normally do a snack tray and put in a fruit, a veggie, a grain, and a dairy and then all three of them have to share the tray of goodies.

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    Chelsea turner March 12, 2019 at 3:05 pm #

    My bad habit is snacks don’t have to be served at the table. So those darn cheater foods are usually easier to clean. . Making changes and preparing things should help.

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    Kendra March 12, 2019 at 3:20 pm #

    We love snack foods. Our go to right now is cheese, crackers, and veggies with hummus.

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    Katie farella March 12, 2019 at 3:21 pm #

    Whole wheat pita with hummus and cucumbers!! Mmmm

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    Sara Zielinski March 12, 2019 at 3:29 pm #

    Grapes, bananas and applesauce.

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    Mrs Matchett March 12, 2019 at 3:30 pm #

    My kids do more snacking than meals. It works better for them that way, and helps me keep a balance in their nutrition.

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    Ashley March 12, 2019 at 3:33 pm #

    My oldest (6 years) isn’t a big snacker my youngest (just turned 1) would snack all day. My oldest loves having any and all fruits and carrot sticks or other “snack” veggies.

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    Jessica March 12, 2019 at 3:34 pm #

    We enjoy nuts and fruit, cheese, some veggies (carrots, cherry tomatoes and cucumbers are the big winners).

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    Quyen March 12, 2019 at 3:38 pm #

    My kids love crackers! I also include rolled turkey, fresh fruit, and sometimes cheese.

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      Sabrina March 14, 2019 at 1:54 am #

      That’s suxh a good idea

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    Andrea harper March 12, 2019 at 3:44 pm #

    Giveaway entry answer: my kid loves cheese and hummus, but doc just told us she (and I) should really be avoiding dairy so I’m moving more toward nut butters and trying to decrease cheese consumption. She also reallly loves right out of the oven Brussels sprout outer leaves chips!!! Huge win for this mama!

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    Lauren Owens March 12, 2019 at 3:50 pm #

    So needed this right now. All I am hearing lately is “I want a snack” and I feel like I’m going insane.

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    Samantha Copeland March 12, 2019 at 3:52 pm #

    My kids are obsessed with fruit. I consider them both grazers so snacking is what really keeps them alive

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    Madison March 12, 2019 at 3:54 pm #

    I’m trying to break away from the crackers and cheese sticks my kids love. They also love fruit

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    Jean Treider March 12, 2019 at 4:12 pm #

    Veggies and hummus, pepitas, fruit

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    GINA BLADES March 12, 2019 at 4:18 pm #

    My favorite healthy snacks are carrots and hummus, muesli and almond butter, celery and hummus, hard-boiled eggs.

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    Rachel Kronvold March 12, 2019 at 4:19 pm #

    Our Yumbox Minis usually have:

    fresh fruit, cheese and crackers
    fresh veggies with dip or hummus
    mini muffins and yogurt

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    Chrisdee Meder March 12, 2019 at 4:19 pm #

    Kiddos stomachs are small and as long as snacks are healthy I see no problem with it!

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    catherine March 12, 2019 at 4:19 pm #

    Would love one for my son 🙂

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    Amanda March 12, 2019 at 4:22 pm #

    We love our YumBoxes! They’re great for everyday. The boys’ appetites have outgrown their originals, so I guess it’s time to size up!

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    Amanda P March 12, 2019 at 4:23 pm #

    My son loves homemade “lunchables”. I would love a yumbox to create more of that feel of the store bought product that I try to replicate with healthier ingredients!

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    Amy Tong March 12, 2019 at 4:24 pm #

    My favorite go to snack is broccoli with ranch.

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    Melissa March 12, 2019 at 4:25 pm #

    hummos with pita and veggies to dip!

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    Patty whong March 12, 2019 at 4:25 pm #

    Love all of the snacking ideas!

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    Lisa Jennings March 12, 2019 at 4:26 pm #

    My kids love pretzels and goldfish with any kind of fruit.

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    K Common March 12, 2019 at 4:27 pm #

    Love the variety of foods you can put into one box, great for toddlers!

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    Sadie March 12, 2019 at 4:27 pm #

    Always fruit! Thankfully we have a Sprouts within walking distance from our house.

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    bernardina sims March 12, 2019 at 4:27 pm #

    Cheese sticks, nuts and cracker.

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    Kelly-Lynn Brewer March 12, 2019 at 4:29 pm #

    My kids love yogurt and fruit for snacks.

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    Misty March 12, 2019 at 4:31 pm #

    My daughter loves apple slices and peanut butter!

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    Kara March 12, 2019 at 4:32 pm #

    Fruit, fresh veggies, organic whole milk vanilla yogurt, hummus, cheese sticks.

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    Olga March 12, 2019 at 4:33 pm #

    My little one loves berries!

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    Jacqueline March 12, 2019 at 4:34 pm #

    We usually do cheese sticks or yogurt, veggie straws or other kinds of chips/crackers, and some fruit.

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    Amy willis March 12, 2019 at 4:34 pm #

    We like white cheddar baked Cheetos, sliced cheese, cucumbers with balsamic vinaigrette

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    Candy March 12, 2019 at 4:35 pm #

    Thanks for these ideas! Always looking for healthy snack ideas!

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    Em March 12, 2019 at 4:36 pm #

    My kids love eating cheese and crackers in their yum box!!!

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    Jane Meneely March 12, 2019 at 4:37 pm #

    Whatever he’ll eat If he gets his way, a granola bar. If I get mine, fruit or veggies or dairy-free yogurt. Neptune Blue FTW!

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    Gabby anderson March 12, 2019 at 4:41 pm #

    Carrots and peanut Butter

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    Jacqui March 12, 2019 at 4:44 pm #

    We love avocado with crackers, nuts, and fruit!

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    Courtney Somero March 12, 2019 at 4:45 pm #

    Love this idea!

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    Allison S. March 12, 2019 at 4:50 pm #

    Fruit and cheese! Also crackers!

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    Marissa c March 12, 2019 at 4:53 pm #

    Fruits, baby carrots, avocado, peanut butter as dip and yogurt. We often stick to fruit as a snack though.

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    Denise Mora March 12, 2019 at 4:54 pm #

    My girl is on the spectrum so sometimes snacking is hard when you know dinner will be too. But cheese sticks and yogurts are always a good plan here

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    Maudee Samarripas March 12, 2019 at 5:15 pm #

    Both of my kids live off of snacks LOL! We love anything that will fit in our Yumbox snack containers. favorites are kiwi, strawberries, popcorn, & apples with caramel sauce.

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    Anna Melizza De Guzman March 12, 2019 at 5:15 pm #

    My son is very picky eater plus have nuts allergies I feel less guilty to give him snap peas or veggie chips and Cheerios multigrain ☺️

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    Tisha Pepe March 12, 2019 at 5:17 pm #

    My kids love snacking as well but I need to make more of an effort with healthier snacks!!

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    Amy March 12, 2019 at 5:18 pm #

    If my kids didn’t snack, they’d barely eat! Always on the hunt for healthy filling snacks

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    Amy Le March 12, 2019 at 5:19 pm #

    Apple and cheese (cheddar)

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    Kim D Colvin March 12, 2019 at 5:24 pm #

    Hummus and carrots to dip in it are a total favorite snack!

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    Jaye Smith March 12, 2019 at 5:26 pm #

    love grapes and carrots for snacking…sweet and crunchy,

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    Amanda W March 12, 2019 at 5:30 pm #

    Cheese sticks, muffins and fruit are favorites in our house!

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    Lynda March 12, 2019 at 5:31 pm #

    My daughter is a huge snacked and PICKY eater, but I try to work within these exact guidelines as much as she will allow

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    K March 12, 2019 at 5:31 pm #

    My kid is also on the spectrum and hates “squishy” so the fat category, outside of cheese or other dairy, has been tough! I’ll have to try nut butters more often.

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    Karina L.V. March 12, 2019 at 5:31 pm #

    My son loves snacking on cheese and fruit!

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    Caren David March 12, 2019 at 5:40 pm #

    Favorite snack is apples dipped in peanut butter!!!

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    Ashley March 12, 2019 at 5:41 pm #

    Peanut butter and fruit!

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    Taylor Hungerford March 12, 2019 at 5:50 pm #

    We are big veggies and hummus or vegan puffs people!!

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    Sobeida Rodriguez March 12, 2019 at 5:56 pm #

    My daughter loves apple slices and green grapes. Thanks for the opportunity to win a yumbox

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    Matthew March 12, 2019 at 6:00 pm #

    I was big on not trying to make a little snacker but boy does my LO need it!

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    Ashley Sipe March 12, 2019 at 6:10 pm #

    What an awesome post — our favorite thing about the yumboxes is that while they are compact, they hold so much! Really encourages my toddlers to try new things! That said, we typically have a kiwi, a babybel cheese, another fruit or veggie, and some kind of “snacky” treat! (All in the mini!!)

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    Nina Turner March 12, 2019 at 6:12 pm #

    My 1st grader loves eating out of her yumbox. Fruit, peanut butter, and boiled eggs are her favorite healthy snacks.

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    Julia March 12, 2019 at 6:14 pm #

    Love to pair protein and produce. Favorites include cheese or hard boiled egg along with fruit or snap peas.

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    Stacey Stark Pellettiere March 12, 2019 at 6:15 pm #

    My girls eat an apple every day. They pretty much love all fruit. Cheese, yogurt, cottage cheese.

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    Lori s March 12, 2019 at 6:19 pm #

    Hummus is my favorite snack!

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    Laura March 12, 2019 at 6:31 pm #

    Pear, cheese, walnuts

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    angela walters March 12, 2019 at 6:33 pm #

    hummus

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    Jenny Lodin March 12, 2019 at 6:36 pm #

    My daughter loves cocktail shrimp and my son likes tortilla wraps. Thanks!

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    Nicole March 12, 2019 at 6:46 pm #

    Favorite go to snack: salami, cheese, crackers & strawberries! Fat, protein & carbs for the win!

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    Lindsey March 12, 2019 at 7:02 pm #

    Loving Coconut Clusters on yogurt with a side of pineapple!

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    Kati March 12, 2019 at 7:08 pm #

    Carrots and ranch, grapes, cheese, hardboiled eggs, PB&Js, crackers with salami and cheese… the options are endless!!!

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    Kristine Barrett March 12, 2019 at 7:18 pm #

    Some of our favorite snacks include fresh fruits and vegetables, yogurt, cheese, Goldfish, and air popped popcorn! Yum!

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    Yesenia Maria Lozano Delafuente March 12, 2019 at 7:25 pm #

    My boys love to eat their snacks from these snacks and lunch boxes

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    Allie March 12, 2019 at 7:33 pm #

    My kiddo seems to gravitate to green toys, so I’m hoping she’ll start eating more green foods out of her green lunch box Love all these ideas. Thank you for explaining things in a way that we can all understand

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    Charlotte March 12, 2019 at 7:37 pm #

    I have two kids who graze all day. I do a mix of snacks and meals and just leave them out for them to munch on. Thry love hummus and will eat it on carrots, peppers, or crackers. They love yogurt and yogurt based smoothies, and anything cheese.

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    Kathy L March 12, 2019 at 7:41 pm #

    My favorite snacks are cheese, hard boiled eggs, nuts and raw veggies

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    Deanna March 12, 2019 at 7:45 pm #

    Great suggestions! Milk and a cookie (chocolate chip) is my 4 year old’s favorite snack if he awakens in the middle of the night – luckily he doesn’t awaken much. We like ants on a log or oatmeal and raisins for snacks during the day.

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    Candace Galan March 12, 2019 at 8:06 pm #

    Nuts, cheese, hardboiled eggs

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    Cori March 12, 2019 at 8:07 pm #

    I need a box like this for all of our picnic/outdoor lunches.

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    Rachel March 12, 2019 at 8:18 pm #

    We love apple slices, raisans, and air popped popcorn!

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    Jennifer Essad March 12, 2019 at 8:24 pm #

    celery, carrots, cheese, grapes, blueberries, pecans

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    Lisa M March 12, 2019 at 8:26 pm #

    My daughter loves carrots and hummus for snack at school. If at home she likes apples dipped in peanut butter. (Our school is nut free)

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    Briana March 12, 2019 at 8:45 pm #

    Our favorite snacks are berries, pistachios, and cheese sticks!

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    Viviana March 12, 2019 at 8:47 pm #

    Peanut butter and celery, cheese and crackers, muffins, fruit/vegetable smoothies

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    Brooke Vancil March 12, 2019 at 9:06 pm #

    Fruit and yogurt are a favorite in our house!!

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    Jennie Bloom March 12, 2019 at 9:08 pm #

    My girls and love cucumbers and grapes!

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    Mariana March 12, 2019 at 9:16 pm #

    All fruits are my 2 year old favorite snack!

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    Amy March 12, 2019 at 9:29 pm #

    Hummus and veggies, yogurt, fruit and a hard boiled egg, crackers with cheese

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    Molly Hunter March 12, 2019 at 9:29 pm #

    My kids love snacking on cucumbers and cheese sticks. Those are always a go-to in our house! And pretty much every fruit is a winner!

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    Courtney McNair March 12, 2019 at 9:41 pm #

    We love pretzels and Nutella (I use little silicone cupcake cups to contain it!) and fresh fruit and berries are always a favorite!

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    Jessica March 12, 2019 at 9:45 pm #

    This is just what I needed. I am working on finding what makes a good after school snack that will satisfy my hungry kids, but won’t make them not want dinner.

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    Jessica March 12, 2019 at 9:48 pm #

    My kiddo loves any and all fruits, crackers and smoothies! This was so helpful and all of the comments as well!

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    Leah March 12, 2019 at 9:48 pm #

    Fruit, like apple slices, mandarin oranges, grapes and berries. Also, homemade muffins.

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    Lael March 12, 2019 at 10:17 pm #

    Celery “ants on a log”, apples slices and cheese

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    Rachel Smith March 12, 2019 at 10:19 pm #

    our go to snacks are peanut butter and wheat crackers, grapes and Apple slices

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    Denise March 12, 2019 at 10:22 pm #

    All fresh fruit, Sprout broccoli curls!

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    tara March 12, 2019 at 10:25 pm #

    apples or bananas and peanut butter is our go to snack!

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    Lacy March 12, 2019 at 10:28 pm #

    Veggies and hummus

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    Sharee March 12, 2019 at 11:04 pm #

    Melon of all different varieties. Nuts, banana nut muffins. Mandarins, hummus and carrot sticks ot wholemeal crackers

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    Perla March 12, 2019 at 11:39 pm #

    Peanut butter and apples, grapes, watermelon, raw broccoli or carrots, a small dessert like a small chocolate or piece of candy (if he has any from school events like Valentine’s Day), blackberries and a sandwich.

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    Laura March 12, 2019 at 11:57 pm #

    Fruit and cheese, apple slices and peanut butter, peanut butter sandwiches, and carrots with greek yogurt dip are some favorites of my kids.

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    Amanda March 12, 2019 at 11:58 pm #

    carrots + hummus

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    Janis Gonzales March 13, 2019 at 12:21 am #

    My son has the minisnack and loves it. He likes having some crackers, raisins & a bit of apple slices in it

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    Jacqueline March 13, 2019 at 12:55 am #

    Red peppers and hummus or yogurt and crunchies (granola) are my boy’s top two choices.

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    Kim J March 13, 2019 at 1:02 am #

    My kids love berries, apple slices, or cuties along with almond butter roll ups.

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    Connie March 13, 2019 at 1:27 am #

    My favorite would be fruits! Any type of fruits with some nuts

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    Mary March 13, 2019 at 1:41 am #

    We love to snack on fruit and yogurt.

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    Sarah Fitch March 13, 2019 at 2:09 am #

    My son loves grapes, apples, gluten free pretzels, dairy free yogurt, and veggie straws.

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    Andrea Alarcon March 13, 2019 at 3:33 am #

    Yellow peppers, grapes and mandarins…. sometimes cookies .

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    Adrienne March 13, 2019 at 5:25 am #

    This post is so stinkin helpful! I’m so glad my friend told me about your feed. I’m a visual person so your examples are killer! <3

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    Holly Alvarado March 13, 2019 at 6:29 am #

    Blueberries and string cheese!

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    Wendy March 13, 2019 at 7:07 am #

    I love packing a snack box. I usually get hungry in the afternoon. Fruit, veggies, and a protein is my favorite combination!

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    Heather March 13, 2019 at 7:43 am #

    We love smoothies (sometimes frozen into popsicles, apples with sun butter, lentil chips with hummus, veggie sticks with homemade ranch

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    Laurel March 13, 2019 at 8:29 am #

    Fruit and cheese are probably our go to and favorite snacks!

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    Heidi March 13, 2019 at 8:54 am #

    Yes snacking is okay. My kids snack on pretzels and hummus, and fresh fruits and vegetables.

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    Rachael March 13, 2019 at 9:01 am #

    One of our favorite energizing snacks is a mix of cashews, pistachios and dried cranberries.

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    Natalie H March 13, 2019 at 9:04 am #

    Big smackers over here! My kids love cheese, strawberries, apples and peanut butter on crackers

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    Rebecca March 13, 2019 at 9:14 am #

    That leftover taco snack looks so tasty!

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    Anitha Kuppuswamy March 13, 2019 at 9:50 am #

    cucumbers, apple slices & black bean!!

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    Kinga March 13, 2019 at 10:12 am #

    Cubed mango and cheese sticks

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    Lauren Wyler March 13, 2019 at 10:22 am #

    Pasta Salads! Whole wheat pasta, diced veggies, ham cubes, cheese, black beans…..the possibilities are endless and my kids love it!

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    Sarah March 13, 2019 at 10:44 am #

    My favorite snack to give my kids is string cheese or ants on a log!

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    Katherine March 13, 2019 at 10:54 am #

    My son would eat crackers and raisins forever! I like giving fresh fruit, home-baked muffins and string cheese.

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    Shari March 13, 2019 at 11:19 am #

    Banana and peanut butter is my favorite snack! Yummy!

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    Julie L. March 13, 2019 at 11:38 am #

    my go-to snacks are hummus, veggies, fruit, nuts and cheese

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    Becky March 13, 2019 at 12:12 pm #

    Strawberries and yogurt dip is a favorite.

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    Lacey March 13, 2019 at 12:26 pm #

    So helpful! My daughter only ever wants to snack and not eat her meals so making them the same will help with that I think

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    Michelle March 13, 2019 at 12:47 pm #

    My kids sneak grape tomatoes like candy! I leave them on the counter and they help themselves. I also love simple mills crackers and guacamole

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    Erin March 13, 2019 at 12:48 pm #

    Snacking is good. My son eats fruit like it’s going out of style. His current favorite is sumo mandarin oranges. 🙂

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    Katharine Stewart March 13, 2019 at 1:07 pm #

    My daughter like hard boiled eggs, apples and PB, hummus and Carrots, homemade guacamole and bell peppers as snack! Love these yumboxes 🙂

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    Adriane W. March 13, 2019 at 1:20 pm #

    Veggies w/ranch are a favorite go-to snack in our house

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    Sara March 13, 2019 at 2:36 pm #

    I have several friends who love their YumBox. I always try to pack a healthy and nutritious lunch for my preschooler. I received the nicest compliment from her teacher about how balanced it is, a far cry from most lunches that are mainly prepackaged & processed food.

    Does the YumBox fit in the Pottery Barn lunchboxes?

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    Jenny March 13, 2019 at 3:39 pm #

    We do 2 snacks a day to keep her little one full, our favorites are peanut butter and crackers and blueberries.

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    Jenice March 13, 2019 at 4:08 pm #

    We love snacking!! Dried fruits and fresh fruits!

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    Kathy March 13, 2019 at 4:11 pm #

    Favorite snacks here are fruit (strawberries, raspberries), yogurt.

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    Sabrina Mann March 13, 2019 at 4:47 pm #

    When I pack my sons lunch. It’s a group choice. He picks one item, I’ll pick another. So if he picks fruit snacks, I’ll pack some crunchy carrots with dip. If he picks tuna sandwich with batman cutouts. I’ll pick bananas and almonds. We both pack his lunches and snacks every morning. It’s a routine that is fun and fundamentally giving him the power to make choices.

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    Mary Ludwig March 13, 2019 at 7:51 pm #

    I love my yumboxes. They are great to take snacks on day trips and on airplanes.

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    Rona Hereford March 13, 2019 at 7:54 pm #

    Chips, salsa, cheese stick or fruit, depending on what we have and they want.

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    Gs Mom March 13, 2019 at 9:01 pm #

    My soon-to-be teen has used a Yumbox for every school lunch he’s ever eaten. Kinder through 6th grade x 180 lunches a year… well, that’s a lot of lunches. 🙂 But now we use our Yumboxes for swim meet snacking, too! It’s a perfect way to pack in between-race fuel. His favorites are blueberries, raspberries and almonds! Thanks for the opportunity to win a Yumbox!

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    Melissa March 13, 2019 at 10:26 pm #

    Any type of fruits, cheese and gold fish crackers.

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    Brittany Humbke March 13, 2019 at 11:22 pm #

    Our favourite snacks our Larabars and veggies from our veggie tray we keep stocked in the fridge.

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    Heidi March 13, 2019 at 11:58 pm #

    We love snacking on veggies with guacamole! This box looks perfect for outings and school.

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    Sabrina Cham March 14, 2019 at 1:47 am #

    I enjoyed reading the different types of healthy snacking options

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    Amanda Baldwin March 14, 2019 at 7:50 am #

    We love apple slices with peanut butter, and all kinds of berries with yogurt. Thanks for the tips!

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    Laura W. March 14, 2019 at 8:02 am #

    We love raisins, carrots, hummus, different veggies, cheese, and grapes!

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    Laura Wilson March 14, 2019 at 12:28 pm #

    We eat lots of celery/carrots with homemade hummus, Goat cheese gouda sliced, sliced kiwi, mango, or berries, and toast with honey from our bees.

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    Maritza March 14, 2019 at 4:09 pm #

    Veggies with hummus and apple slices with almond butter.

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    Dana Matthews March 14, 2019 at 7:03 pm #

    Most days our go-to snack is carrots. Other days we enjoy pretzels and peanut butter!

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    Angela March 14, 2019 at 8:44 pm #

    My daughter loves cheese, pepperoni, crackers, and a fruit or veggie. A homemade lunchable, as we call it.

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    patriciabencivenga March 15, 2019 at 8:45 am #

    My go to snack is a handful of grapes or sun butter and apples! Loved this article!

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    Christina D March 15, 2019 at 10:11 am #

    My son is very limited with food options due to several food allergies. His go to snacks are fruit, vegan cheese and veggie straws.

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    Chloe Bodden March 15, 2019 at 3:47 pm #

    This post is so helpful! My 4 and 2 year old love snack time! They will either have toast with almond butter, guacamole and chips, bananas and oranges or strawberries. Thank you for always being so so informative! It helps me a lot!

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    Cassandra D March 15, 2019 at 11:02 pm #

    Trail Mix.

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