Love It, Like It, Hate It: Packing Lunch For Your Kids

Packing a lunch for your kids (or yourself) can be good for your budget, plus, you know exactly what you’re getting, and you can make it as healthy as you want.  But those lunch box add-ins can make or break it, nutritionally speaking, so today we’re Getting the Skinny with Molly on the best and worst lunch box snack packs!

Love it!

Snacks that provide a source of protein, fiber, healthy fats, and/or antioxidants/vitamins/minerals.

  • Fresh fruit packs & Fresh veggie packs
  • Beanitos (210 calories, 9 grams fiber, 6 grams protein)
  • Kay’s Natural’s Protein Chips & Protein Pretzels (120 calories, 4 grams fiber, 12 grams protein)
  • Soy crisps (
  • Edamame packs
  • Think Thin BITES – 100 calories, 5-8 grams protein, 0 sugar, 0 artificial sweeteners

Like it!

Snacks that provide fiber or source of real fruit/vegetable, but not full combo of protein/fiber/fat

  • Sun Chips
  • Fruit Rope & Fruit Leather (e.g. Clif’s Z-Fruit Rope and Stretch Island Fruit Co’s Fruit Strip)
  • Popcorn

Hate it!

Snacks with little/no fiber, protein, fat – primarily white carbs & sugars

  • Pop Chips
  • Baked Lays
  • Pretzels
  • Gummy candies – even organic gummies
  • Goldfish-style crackers – even organic versions
  • Candy bars – again, even organic versions