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The Best Kid-Friendly Portable Snacks

March 21, 2015

There are so many great conversations on the Hotline -- it's hard to choose a favorite. But we'll be doing it, once a week, to spread the wealth of our community's knowledge -- and to keep the conversation going.

Today: Snacks to see your kids through a long day.

Drbabs, a longtime Food52er, is teaching a class on cooking and nutrition and one participant's daughter has two back-to-back after-school sports with just enough time for a snack in between. The mother wants to spice up the daughter’s regular diet of mostly commercial granola bars (while avoiding daughter-vetoed sandwiches and fruit), so drbabs turned to the Hotline to ask the community for their best portable snack suggestions. As always, you came through with a number of ideas: 

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More: Looking for more inspiration for your kid’s lunch? Click here to see some of Amanda’s best ideas.   

Trail Mix

What are your favorite snacks to pack for the after-school rush? Leave a comment and let us know!

Photos by Kim Boyce and James Ransom

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See what other Food52 readers are saying.

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Mei Chin

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Let's have dinner sometime. There will be champagne and ice cream for sure; everything else is up in the air.


Erin S. April 21, 2015
Hi! I use leftover whole wheat pancakes made with whole fat yog and add Nutella to middle and fold. It's a big hit! Also, popcorn with parm!
Millie |. March 22, 2015
I love making trail mix and the corn muffins look wonderful!
Robin O. March 21, 2015
If you want a great muffin, check out the whole wheat sweet potato muffins on this site. They are 100% whole grain, naturally sweet and delicious.