Healthy Snacks for Back to School

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As summer starts to wind down, it’s time to start thinking about back to school and all that goes with that. It seems like the kids are always hungry as soon as they come home from school. If you meal prep, don’t forget to add in the snacks for each day. One of the easiest and cost effective snacks around is popcorn, a whole grain. Eating whole grains for a snack in between meals can keep you fuller longer and keeps your hunger satisfied. Whole grains are also linked to lowering blood pressure, help with diabetes and other health issues. Instead of eating the same old popcorn slathered with butter and salt, it can be spiced up with your favorite spices. Here’s an example:

Microwave Popcorn


1/4 cup popcorn kernels
spray oil
1 teaspoon (or more) seasoning (see Notes)


  1. Wash hands with soap and water.
  2. Place popcorn in a small paper bag. Fold the top over to close the bag.
  3. Pop the kernels on HIGH for 2 ½ to 3 minutes or until there are about 3 seconds between pops.
  4. Pour popped corn into a bowl. Spray lightly with spray oil and sprinkle with seasonings. Enjoy right away.
  5. Store leftovers in an airtight container at room temperature.


Try these seasoning ideas:

  • Salt, pepper, fresh herbs
  • Food Hero Harissa Spice Mix or Soulful Seasoning, tajin or chili powder
  • Food Hero Pumpkin Pie Spice, cinnamon or cardamom with powdered sugar or vanilla
  • Food Hero Taco Seasoning, lime juice and chopped cilantro
  • Parmesan cheese or nutritional yeast
  • Low-sodium soy sauce, dried seaweed flakes and sesame seeds

Be sure to check out for more snack ideas!