Snack time at school is a big deal for most parents, particularly if you have picky eaters (like my daughter!).

Most days lunch will come home ‘as made’ with a little nibble bite here or there! it wears me out to be honest. She lived on ‘fresh air sandwiches’ for the past year- no filling!! I’m always on the search for creative ways to get my daughter to eat, or at the very least show an interest in eating, and this school year I am on a mission to succeed!! (apologies for all the exclamation marks – you might be able to sense my anxiety rise as I type haha)

Check out these 18 classic kid favorite recipes I have gathered that are easy to pack, send to school, and of course tempt your picky eaters.

Energy Balls
The perfect go-to snack, on-the-go breakfast, or dessert! via Living On Love

Homemade Trail Mix
Invite your kids to pick their favorite snacks and help you make your own trail mix. The theory being that they will love taking it to school when they have helped you pick just what they want! via KidsActivitesBlog

Sneaky Chef Muffins
If your kids have a hard time eating their veggies then this is the ‘sneakiest’ recipe yet. So tasty your kids will be licking their lips and asking for more!. Muhahahaaaa ¦(sneaky laugh) via Lacy Stroessner

Sandwich Kebabs
I love this slight variation on the plain old sandwich – it’s the way you present it right! via simpleasthat

Homemade Granola Bars
I would feel happy and confident sending these to school for snack time. You could even substitute the fruit for mini chocolate chips and marshmallows for treat days.? via I Heart Naptime

Oven Dried Apple Chips
‘Most’ kids love to eat fruit and love chips even more! so combining the two into a healthy snack is genius. via Our Best Bites
My little miss will eat ‘any’ fruit as long as it’s a banana! so here’s hoping these chips will get her interested in apples.

Homemade Fruit Snacks
This homemade gummi candy looks easy to make! great idea via Skip To My Lou

Kale Chips
Kale is one of the healthiest greens you can eat, and they get so deliciously crispy. Recipe via Living On Love

Homemade Animal Cookies
Little cute oatie bites perfect with a sweet dip. via How Sweet Eats

Homemade Cheese Crackers
With only six easy ingredients you can have flaky delicious homemade cheese crackers in under an hour. Recipe via Tidy Mom

Homemade Potato Chips
Customize flavors of homemade chips and make them exactly how you’d like them, from super basic to super fancy. They look so so so good! via Our Best Bites

Banana Carrot Crumble Top Muffins
So simple. So delicious. So having in 20 minutes! via Living On Love

Homemade Fruit Roll Ups
Everyone’s favourite snack whether you’re 5 or 95 – but without artificial colors, flavors or preservatives. via Our Best Bites

Popcorn Trail Mix
Instead of the traditional popcorn and butter, try this Popcorn Trail Mix for your school snacking needs. via Good Life Eats

Crock Pot Chex Mix
Another tasty snack that is so simple to throw together! ¦ in a cork pot! via Skip To My Lou

Pizza Buns
I love that these pizza buns can be made ahead and frozen, which makes for a quick lunch snack for the kids any day via Rebecca Cooper

Healthy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
One of the few times you will read chocolate and health in the same sentence! Yummy cookie bites for all the family ¦. and at only 50 calories per cookie I will be sneaking some too! Recipe on I Heart Naptime

And last but not least…

Lacy Stroessner of Living On Love blog has a great article giving Tips for Getting Your Kid to Eat (Healthy) that will definitely want to check out. My daughter goes back to school tomorrow so I’ll be taking each and every tip I can get my hands on!!