School's starting again for us in a few weeks and I'm on the hunt for some new snack ideas to send with the kids to school. Each can bring a snack in addition to their lunches.
The biggest challenge I have is that they pull these out separate from their lunch kits so they do not stay cold. Even sitting inside for a couple of hours makes cheese and/or dips "yucky" per my DD! Also, my DS4's new preschool requires that all snacks be healthy and I know from others that the teachers will have a "talk" with the parents if you send things that are not considered healthy. I'm all for healthy snacks but it's a bit challenging.
Some ideas I already have (and have done) are:
--muffins or quickbread (usually-banana, blueberry, pumpkin, etc.)
--nuts (esp. cashews or peanuts--but this can be limited b/c of other children's allergies--so far we've not run into that)
--Peanut butter and graham crackers (same limit as before)
--granola bars (DD7 doesn't like my homemade ones though so I try to buy as healthy as I can--any ideas? She doesn't love but will eat the Kashi TLC kind but prefers the kinds her friends have--i.e. filled with chocolate chips, marshamallows and of course HFCS!)
I think the teachers prefer that the "containers" be disposable but I am going to check and see if I can send something that is labeled and can be reused. That might open some options.
Any ideas you can provide are appreciated. Thanks in advance for your help!