Back to school means new clothes, notebooks, and lunch boxes, and often, more meals eaten on the run. Whether your kid takes the bus, walks to school or is chauffeured by you, he is probably often running late and grabbing a snack on the go. These healthy, portable foods should be on your radar – and they are also great for airplane travel snacks or on a road trip.

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The best back to school & travel snacks don’t require refrigeration and are portable. Credit: Judy Antell / Vegetarian TravelingMom

Worried about Nutrition?

One of the first things you should seek out is Luckybar, founded by the mother of a picky eater. These tasty bars have more protein than two eggs, so you don’t have to worry about your kid not getting enough healthy food while he grazes.

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Your kids will be lucky – and happy – if you buy Luckybars. Credit: Judy Antell / Vegetarian TravelingMom


The bars are a bit sweet for breakfast; the five flavors include Pirate Peanut Butter Chocolate, Cosmic Chocolate Caramel Almond, Chocolate Campfire, Crazy Coconut and Strawberry Sandcastles, but they are certainly healthier than a candy bar or sugary granola bar.

 The bars are also gluten and GMO free. The chocolate covered ones do get a bit messy, so keep a stock of wipes to clean your kids’ fingers. Or yours. No judgement.

Need a Drink?

Travel snacksJuicy Juice has added organic juices to its juice box line. The organic flavors are limited to apple or fruit punch, which is mainly apple with some pear, grape, and orange. The organic juice boxes are in the tiny judgmente size, which is really enough juice for one serving. There are also new Splashers, juice pouches with water added so there is 50 % less sugar, but no nasty stuff like high fructose corn syrup. The berry lemonade and peach mango are thirst quenching without all the juice calories, and all four flavors have 100% of the daily requirement for Vitamin C.

Yogurt Without the Mess
GoGo Squeez, which started with pouches of applesauce, now offers yogurts in squeeze pouches. What’s great about these is they don’t have to be refrigerated, so you can lay in a supply and not fill up the fridge. And they don’t require a spoon. What’s more, the yogurt tends to stay in the pouch, not on your car’s upholstery. The yogurts come in strawberry, berry, and banana, and GoGo Squeez is made with low fat, antibiotic-free milk.
And don’t think these snacks are just for little kids. My daughters played high school sports and loved to take applesauce pouches for early practice; the yogurts would have been a great alternative.