10 Healthy Snacks For The Classroom

Classroom snacks are essential, but making the healthiest choices can be a bit of a minefield in our fast-paced world.

We’re here to help you stop worrying with our list of some of the top 10 most popular healthy classroom snacks.

Check out the healthy snack scores to make your next trip to the store that little bit easier.

1. Fat-Free Yogurt

Most major fat-free yogurt brands are available in single portion pots, making them a quick and easy classroom snack.

Offerings from the top US brands vary from 80 to 127 calories and are packed with probiotics, calcium, and B vitamins. You can even find dairy-free varieties!

Remember, though- fat-free products sometimes contain extra sugar, so always read the label.

Healthy Snack Score: 4/5

2. Apples

Apples are another excellent choice for snacking on the go and are full of vitamins C and K and heart-healthy potassium, and lots of fiber.

One small apple contains roughly 80-95 calories but almost no protein, which may leave you still hungry. There’s nothing wrong with two apples if you have a busy day.

Healthy Snack Score: 4/5

3. Trail Mix

Trail mix is a firm favorite as it’s easily customizable and rarely ever dull. It’s also full of fiber and protein, especially when mixing lots of unsalted nuts and seeds.

However, it’s not all good- an average cup contains around 210 calories and 7g of sugar.

Trail mix doesn’t have to be unhealthy, especially when you mix it yourself. Just steer clear of candies and dried fruit.

Healthy Snack Score: 3/5

4. Porridge

Porridge is another snack that can be customizable and is great for adding more gut-healthy fiber to your diet.

A 50g portion of plain rolled oats contains 185 calories but just 0.6g of sugar. If you add skim milk in there, you’ll add 20 calories, and if you use water, you won’t add any at all.

If you’re in a hurry, you can always opt for an instant oatmeal pot.

Healthy Snack Score: 3/5

5. Dried Fruits

There are many different dried fruits to choose from, and many of them have similar nutrition profiles. Dried fruit is a good source of fiber, but they also tend to be very high in sugar.

Just 20g of dried apricots contain 72 calories but a whopping 16.3g of sugar! The exact amount of dried figs contains 75 calories but 14.3g of sugar.

Dried mango is the worst offender, with 94 calories and 22.6g of sugar.

Healthy Snack Score: 1/5

6. Healthy Potato Chips

Potato chips are having their moment with healthier options are growing in popularity. For example, lays Baked Potato Chips have just 133 calories per 28g serving.

Sweet potatoes contain more vitamin A than white potatoes, so if you’re feeling fancy, try Jackson’s Honest Sweet Potato Chips which contain 150 calories per 28g bag.

Unfortunately for us, potato chips are still very high in salt and fat, and they’re not great at keeping us full between meals.

Healthy Snack Score: 1/5

7. Granola Bars

Granola bars get a lot of hate for being too high in sugar. But if you play your cards right, you’ll find one that works for you.

Some of the healthier brands have as few as 150 calories per bar, increasing to around 300 in other brands.

Granola bars are typically full of fiber and protein, which help keep us whole, and they are often fortified with vitamins and minerals to keep us at our best. Just lookout for the sugar content!

Healthy Snack Score: 3/5

8. Smoothies

Just because it’s a smoothie doesn’t mean it’s healthy! If you’re making your smoothies, try to fill it with greens and fruit, and stick to plain, unsweetened yogurt, maybe even adding a scoop of protein powder if you have it. All of the fiber, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants will keep you full and ready for the day’s rest.

If you are buying a smoothie, make sure it’s not full of sugar- in other words, steer clear of banana and sweet yogurt! Pre-made smoothies can be as low as 80 calories per serving up to several hundred- so read the label!

Healthy Snack Score: 4/5

9. Nut Mix

A nut mix is a pretty perfect classroom snack. Go for nuts without added salt and sugar and aim for a portion size of around 30g. This will give you around 180 calories and 2.5g of fiber plus calcium, iron, and potassium. In addition, nuts are full of monounsaturated fats (i.e., good fats) and protein which supports our body throughout the day.

Healthy Snack Score: 5/5

10. Carrot Sticks; Dip

A cup of carrot sticks only has 50 calories but is packed with 408% of your recommended daily vitamin A! They also contain 14% of your daily fiber goal and 11% of your potassium. But don’t undo the goodness from the carrots with an unhealthy choice of dip.

Try hummus- it’s full of healthy fats, fiber, and protein- a 0.5 cup serving contains 205 calories and 5.96g protein.

Healthy Snack Score: 4/5

Summary

A healthy classroom snack comes in many forms. In general, you want to keep the calories low, the protein and fiber high, and avoid too much sugar and salt where possible. Happy snacking!

About Jacob Maslow

Jacob Maslow is a father of 5, editorial specialist and health enthusiast.

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