Great snacks for school With back to school on the horizon, it is time to start thinking about school lunches and snacks again. I have to admit, packing lunches is not one of my favorite things. I wish I was more into it. There are so many great ideas out there especially on Pinterest.

We usually make a run to Trader Joe’s to stock up on some of our back to school favorites. Now that I am shopping at ALDI, this may change a little for us in the months to come. I love to have convenient snacks available to throw into their backpacks.

Here are some of our favorites to have on hand for back to school:


Back to school favorites from Trader Joe's

The jury is still out for us on the best price for bananas. I do however buy bananas any time I walk into a food store. We go through about 10 lbs of bananas each week. With school gearing back up, we will be having daily smoothies. Our favorite is a Peanut Butter Chocolate Banana Smoothie!

Yogurt Squishers

Yogurt tubes are awesome to freeze for lunch boxes

We love the Yogurt Squishers from Trader Joe’s. They are great to freeze for a packed lunch. They also make a great after school snack.

Fruit Wraps

Fruit Wraps make a great school snack

My son love these fruit wraps! He thinks it is a treat to pick out a few each time we make a trip to Trader Joe’s. They are an easy snack to send to school for a morning or afternoon snack.

Clif Kid Z Bars

Great school snack

He also loves these Clif Kid Organic Z Bars. Again, they are just easy to throw in his backpack for a school snack. I like to make sure I am sending one of these on the days we have soccer practice.

Silver Dollar Pancakes

Quick Breakfast for a school morning.

Along with their morning smoothies, my kids like to have a few of these pancakes. I feel like this is a good combo and helps give them a filling breakfast before they head out the door in the mornings.


Berries make a great snack or addition to school lunch

We also go through a lot of berries. My daughter loves all berries and I like to include those in her lunch each day. Trader Joe’s usually has a great selection of berries to choose from.

Vegetable Radiatore 

Vegetable Radiatore is a favorite from Trader Joe's

I know this is a strange one to have on a back to school list! My son usually only eats peanut butter sandwiches for lunch. Every. Day. The only other thing that seems to be a hit with him is pasta. I heat this pasta with some marinara sauce and put it in a thermos. I think I need to look for a few new thermos ideas this school year. I would love to be able to add a few more things into our lunch mix!


popcorn is a great afterschool snack

Popcorn is one of our favorite snacks and luckily Trader Joe’s has lots of variety in this department. These individual bags are fun to have on hand. They made a quick and easy snack!

Nacho Cheese Tortilla Chips

Nacho Cheese Tortilla Chips from Trader Joe's

These chips are really good! Gavin loves to take these for lunch with his peanut butter sandwiches. I feel like they are a little better than the alternative since they don’t have any artificial colors or flavors.

I hope you enjoyed reading about some of our favorites from Trader Joe’s! We love to shop there and try some of their new things! What are some of your favorite back to school snacks or lunches?

23 comments on “Back to School Favorites from Trader Joe’s”

  1. Trader Joe’s has such a good variety of foods and their produce selection is always very good, too. I haven’t tried any of these things, besides the fruit there so I just added a few more things to my Trader Joe’s list to try next time!

  2. I have a Trader Joes nearby. I literally never shopped there until a blog campaign I had and wished I shopped there sooner. I love all the healthy snacks they offer especially with my four year old. Sugar really riles him up so I try and decrease most of it.

  3. Honestly, I’m not going back to school, but you sold me on most of this stuff! I LOVE Trader Joe’s and I’m a little kid when it comes to fun snacks, so I’ve added a few of these to my shopping list 🙂

    xo, Taylor (

  4. I love TJ’s for all the unique items they carry. The closest one to me is about 30 minutes, but I still make a trip every few months for a few treats!

  5. I’ve been a huge fan of TJs since forever…! My nephew is ten and plays a lot of soccer, so he is always hungry- my sister discovered the Clif Builder bars keep him full a lot longer than the Z bars (more protein) so she buys those and cuts it in half so he has one half as a snack. The crunchy peanut butter flavor is awesome! (And incidentally vegan)
    The pb stuffed pretzel nuggets, light kettle corn, freeze dried fruit, frozen meatless balls, sugar snap peas, edamame, and triple ginger cookies are a few of my favorites!

    I bet your son would like chilled peanut butter noodles, just poke around the internet for recipes, they’re super easy to make a big batch. I add in frozen edamame to help keep it cold

    • Thanks for the tip! We’ll have to try the Clif Builder bars for soccer days too! I’ll definitely look for that recipe. Sounds like something he would like!

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