Many thanks to Amy Bean for working with others parents in our community to generate and share this list of healthy snacks that parents can send to school with their kids!  Amy is a long-time parent at Lewis and Clark with a daughter in the Montessori Adolescent Corps. What healthy snacks do your students pack every day?  Share your thoughts and ideas below!

Starch (S)

  • Mini muffins
  • Popcorn
  • Pirate booty
  • Raisin bread
  • Tortilla chips
  • Croissant w/butter & jam
  • S/P crackers & cheese
  • P/V/S Hummus & carrots/pita/crackers/pretzels
  • S/P Bagels & cream (minis for littles)
  • S/P(home made) Chex mix
  • S/P granola bars

Protein (P)

  • Trail mix
  • Z-bars
  • S/P granola bars
  • Nuts
  • Jerky
  • Pretzels filled with peanut butter
  • Hard boiled eggs
  • P/F/S Nut butter & apple slices/pretzels/crackers
  • P/V/S Hummus & carrots/pita/crackers/pretzels
  • P/V/F/D Nut butter or cream cheese stuffed celery(add raisins = ants on a log/Craisins=ladybugs on a log)
  • S/P(home made) Chex mix
  • P/F Nut butter & banana

Veggies (and dip) (V)

  • Sugar snap peas
  • Green beans (raw)
  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Celery
  • Carrots
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Sliced tomatoes w/balsamic & basil
  • Seaweed
  • Kale chips
  • P/V/F Nut butter or cream cheese stuffed celery (add raisins = ants on a log/Craisins = ladybugs on a log)
  • P/V/S Hummus & carrots/pita/crackers/pretzels

Fruit (F)

  • Apple, mandarins, kiwi, berries, bananas
  • Unsweetened applesauce
  • Unsweetened Natural fruit leather
  • Dried fruit -raisins, apricots, mango, apple, cranberries
  • Fruit salad – melon, berries, pomegranate seeds, kiwi, peaches, pear (add pepitas/sunflower/chia seeds for some protein)
  • P/F/S Nut butter & apple slices/pretzels/crackers
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I’m curious if it’s an actually an option to send tree nuts and/or peanut butter with our students? I’d love clarification around this. Thank you!


No, really, can we get some clarification on this, please?! Are nuts and nut butters allowed? For vegetarian kids and the caregivers who make their lunches, this makes a huge impact.

Brian Pasko
Brian Pasko

Food restrictions at school are decided on a classroom by classroom basis. If your guide has not notified your child’s class of a food restriction, it should be safe to send nuts and nut butters with your child to school. These decisions are made based on responses parents provided to the medical forms requested during the student registration process at the beginning of the year, which is why it is vitally important for families to complete our registration process. If you have questions about food restrictions or registration, please email or call the front desk at 503-427-0803.