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7 Healthy and Easy Back to School Snacks

As summer winds down and the days start getting shorter again, the inevitable preparation for another school year begins. While picking out notebooks and pencils, don’t forget to prepare for another school year essential- snacks! Here are some ideas for simple and healthy back to school snacks to keep you energized and focused all year long.

Protein Balls

Protein balls are easy to make, and even easier to snack on! They can be full of nuts, dried fruit, chocolate, or really anything you’re craving. For a delicious and healthy protein ball, try making these coconut covered superfood energy balls. If you prefer a sweeter snack, try making these pumpkin pie balls to remind you that fall is on its way.

protein balls

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Roasted Chickpeas

For something that’s satisfying and high-protein, try roasting some chickpeas in the oven. The result is a crunchy and flavorful snack that might even trick you into thinking you’re eating chips. Try roasting them with cinnamon and sugar, or nutritional yeast and chili powder. One of my favorite versions of roasted chickpeas is salt and vinegar, made by topping with white vinegar a minute before removing them from the oven. 


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Trail Mix

What could be more nutritious than a delicious blend of dried fruits, nuts, and seeds? Trail mixes are the perfect on the go snack that can be customized to fit any taste (no matter how picky!) For a savory mix you can add seasoned nuts and popcorn, or even pretzel sticks. One of my favorite trail mixes to keep me satisfied during a long day of studying is to mix almonds, pumpkin seeds, dried cherries, dark chocolate pieces and pretzels!

trail mix

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Overnight Oats

Oatmeal is super filling and nutritious, but served hot, isn’t very portable. Instead, try making overnight oats the day before. For one serving, simply add ½ cup of oats and 1 cup of milk of choice to a mason jar, mix, and refrigerate. Make sure to personalize with spices and other add-ins like nut butters, seeds, or chocolate chips! *Tip: Adding 1/4 of a cup of applesauce or mashed banana and only 3/4 cup of milk creates a natural sweetener!

overnight oats

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Hummus and Veggies Jar

Dips with fruit or veggies are one of the quickest and most delicious snacks, but can be difficult to pack. The best way to bring a dip on the go is to pack it in a jar together with your fruits or veggies. Try adding a few tablespoons of hummus at the bottom of a mason jar, then adding sticks of carrots or celery to the hummus sticking straight out of the hummus. When it’s time to eat, you should be able to easily dip the bottom of the veggies into the hummus! 


Picture Credit: Nicholas Barbaros


For a snack that’s easily portable and also satisfies a sweet tooth, try making homemade bars. These can be made with fruit, nut butters, and even protein powder. For a delicious treat full of healthy ingredients and protein, try making these Almond Butter Banana Bread Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars. For something more rich, these Chocolate Cherry Bars are sure to satisfy any sweet cravings, while keeping you full and focused!

cookie bars

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Love + Chew Cookies

This list of easy on the go snacks wouldn’t be complete without Love + Chew cookies. Full of protein and simple, whole ingredients, these vegan cookies are individually packaged for a nourishing snack whenever and wherever hunger hits. In delicious flavors like Cherry Almond and Banana Bread, they’re a perfect pick for back to school snacking.

love + chew cookies

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Make this school year healthy, happy and productive by fueling yourself and your kids with nutritious recipes. Not only are these snacks easy to make and easy to bring on the go, but they’re also wholesome, tasty and energizing to help you stay focused and full.

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By: Aislinn McGonagle

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