Whole Story

The Official Whole Foods Market® Blog

Get Snack-Happy and Win!

It’s back to school season and that means it’s time to get creative with afterschool snacks and lunches, and time to stock up on dorm room nosh. In the spirit of keeping our readers healthy, snack-happy and on-budget this school year, we’re giving 10 lucky winners each a set of snack-packing essentials and a $25 gift card from The Container Store, plus a $100 Whole Foods Market gift card to help keep you stocked up this fall. Just tell us about your favorite healthy snack in the comments below by September 6th and your comment might be randomly selected as a winner. Check out these snack-packing essentials you’ll find at The Container Store:

Insulated Lunch Carrier

Keep your food chilled while you’re on the go.

lunchskins Sandwich Bag

Replace those plastic sandwich bags with these reusable ones made from quick-drying, lightweight cotton fabric. BPA-free!

Colorful Klip-It Lunch Cube

Ingeniously arranged dividers keep a sandwich, chips and fruit tastefully compact and compartmentalized.

Klipo Cutlery Set

Say "so long" to disposable cutlery! Set includes two handles with interchangeable utensils – choose from chopsticks, a knife, for or spoon.

PeopleTowels Reusable Napkin

This earth-friendly napkin was designed to be easy to use and portable. It's absorbent, lightweight and fast drying — without the waste.

EZ Freeze Ice Block

Put it in the freezer overnight then add it to a lunch tote in the morning to keep food and beverages cool for hours.

Tellfresh Lunch Kits

Grab your lunch and go with these convenient Lunch Kits. Each kit comes with a fork that fits into an integrated storage slot in the lid.

Once you have your essential containers, try filling them with some of our favorite snacks (click on the image for the recipe):

Tell us about your favorite healthy snack in the comment section below by September 6th for a chance to win.

Leave a reply

To provide feedback or ask a question about our company, a store or a product, please visit our Customer Service page.

For more information about posting comments to our blog, please see our Comment Posting Guidelines.

8410 comments

Comments

ayako says …

fresh apples, pistachios and yogurt with maple syrup are my favorite snacks!

Bonnie E says …

peanut butter and apples or low-fat tortilla chips and salsa

Erika C says …

It's all about the dips in our house. I like to put out different spreads like hummus, fresh salsa and we dip veggies or crackers - a big hit with adults and kids alike!

Colleen G. says …

The most versatile snack dipper I use is plain Greek yogurt. If you've got a sweet tooth that day you can drizzle a little honey on it and dip some fruit in it like peaches and strawberries. If your in more of a savory mood you can mix in some herbs and spices, or find your favorite veggie dip packet and voila! Dunk your favorite veggies and you've got a healthier dip in your hands. I love, love, love sliced cucumbers in it.

Alex McCoy says …

Greek yogurt with organic peaches and blueberries! Sometimes I add a little maple syrup...

Erik Kotkas says …

Hummus and steamed veggies wrapped in a corn tortia.

Jenni says …

Back when it wasn't common to be gluten free, my daughter had to have lunches and snacks packed for school. Thank God my brother was a very inventive chef. He helped me come up with snack ideas that Sarah truly liked and was not embarrassed to take to school ;) Lots of fruits and veggies with different dips. each cut small and in neat designs. A chex mix with the rice chex, nuts, raisins and other dried fruits. Many rice dishes that were easy to heat in the micro wave. For breakfast some times she had cooked rice with cinnamon and and cranberries ( dried ) with a little cream. All of the above would have been easier to put together with all the wonderful little containers out now. Hope this helps with ideas. Now to star t again with the Grand kids :) Jenni

James says …

I crave--and love--just simply frozen mangoes from WFM. No sugar--a perfect afternoon snack...or anytime!!!

Elizabeth says …

I like snacking on fresh fruit, nuts, and carrot sticks. I also love cheddar bunnies crackers! :p

Jen K. says …

Most of my favorites are healthy. Growing up, my sister and I used to sit and eat alfalfa sprouts right from the box. We even fought over them. :) Fruit is a huge favorite, but I have to be careful not to overdo it. I may be the only person who has to watch their intake of fruits and veggies in terms of getting excess calories from them! Recently a favorite afternoon snack to keep me going has been pretzel crisps dipped in different nut butters. A little goes a long way. Yum!!

cathy mooreavorite says …

My favorite snacks to take with me are organic fuji apples and unsalted raw walnuts. It's a great combination of carbs and protein - especially after a run or long walk!

Kim says …

I love plain old almonds. No salt. Just subtly sweet almond goodness.

Jenny says …

I satisfy my appetite and inner child by making ants on a log, with organic celery, freshly ground almond butter, and organic jumbo raisins. Yum!

Erik M says …

My favorite snack is a trail mix containing the following ingredients: mixed nuts, pumpkin seeds,sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, raisins, and dried cherries

Laura Nelsen says …

My favorite snack is our own fresh picked peaches off of our little peach tree in our back yard. When the peaches are done, our apple tree is ready. :)

Maria says …

My favorite snacks are raw veggies with homemade hummus and fresh fruit. Keep it simple, wholesome and delicious! :)

Nancy Mangiameli says …

My favorite snack always entails crunchy almond butter. I like either Granny Smith apples or Kabocha squash sprinkled with cinnamon, and then, topped with some almond butter. Yum!

Mike DiScala says …

Fresh chips and hummus!

Yvonne says …

Humus and pretzels. I especially like pretzel chips. All the nutrition bars at Whole Foods are excellent. Premade trail mix with chocolate at the bulk food section is super yummy. Precut and cleaned ready to eat fruit is great for sharing.

Danielle J says …

Ants on a log!

Mandy Griffith says …

My favorite snack is a toasted brown rice tortilla with some almond butter on it and a sliced banana. Yummy!

Heidi Newman says …

My favorite snack is dried mango slices cut up into tiny pieces and mixed with salted whole almonds. The two flavors are wonderful and the mix is sweet, salty, and super-healthy.

Elaine says …

Apple slices.

alh1203 says …

snow peas and hummus - so yummy

Kristen G. says …

My favorite quick snack is toasted sour dough bread, with dijon mustard, arugula, avocado & red onions. Vegan and delicious!

virginie falquerho says …

When I don't have time to "make" a snack, avocado sushi rolls make a great one =)

Christine says …

I take a corn tortilla and add chick peas, some daiya shreds and heat. I top it off with mixed greens and drizzle with some dressing. MMMmmmmm.

Burcu Beba says …

Homemade chocolate spread on organic sprouted multigrain bread Choco spread: mix 1 tsp raw cacao with 4 tsp organic honey, add 1/2 tsp organic butter for a fuller taste & creaminess. Serve with a small glass of organic milk This snack is Ideal for restoring energy & brainpower!

Kristin Johnson says …

I love combining leftovers in new and creative ways to minimize waste and encourage creativity. Today we'll have cold leftover apple cinnamon whole wheat pancakes with a big scoop of Nancy's Organic Cultured Cottage Cheese. It's a great pairing of carbs and protein and tastes great, too.

colleen says …

It's not portable, but my favorite snack is to blend a banana, frozen strawberries, raw cacao powder & nibs, and a few dried cherries and create a treat that is more satisfying than chocolate ice cream and makes me feel great too. Seriously... try it, it's amazing.

SJMena says …

slices of apple with peanutbutter

Shawna says …

My favorite healthy snack (but my kid's won't necessarily eat it!) is cream cheese on a celery stick with pecans.

Chrissie Marshall says …

a handful of raw almonds and dried mango - sweet and crunchy!

Amanda says …

An egg wrap (whole wheat tortilla with a flat egg, cheese, & spinach -tomatoes, onions, etc all wrapped up). Makes a great breakfast on the go or an easy lunch/dinner. We are also big fans of raw fruits and veggies.

Dane says …

My favorite snack-on-the-go from childhood has to be frozen potstickers, microwaved in the morning and eaten cold at lunch. Best. snack. ever.

Karen says …

Non-fat yogurt with fresh fruit!

Kaitlyn@TheTieDyeFiles says …

Chocolate chia pudding! Mix some almond milk, cocoa powder, sweetener of choice, and chia seeds in a container and refrigerate while at school. When you get home, add some chopped fruit and nuts/nut butter and you have a delicious, power-packed pudding to keep the brain chugging!

Cindy Waffles says …

one of my favorite snacks - celery sticks dipped in hummus or peanut butter

Jeni Church says …

I love Annie's graham bunnies!

Whitney says …

My kids and I are into Greek yogurt parfaits. We layer yogurt with fresh berries and granola in a parfait glass and then drizzle some honey on top and a sprinkle of cinnamon. It's healthy and it makes my kids feel like they're getting a treat.

sarah merkle says …

my favorite snack these days is sliced cucumbers with spreadable goat cheese in between. being hypoglycemic, i love the protein in the goat cheese combined with a little bit of vegetable carb. it keeps me going!

Linda Maynard says …

fruit of all kinds in one, vegan/vegetarian cheeses in another, and all types of crackers in another, condiments in another and for dessert, an assortment of chocolates. YUM!

Meagan says …

I love hummus and peppers, carrots, broccoli! Delicious!

Seena Pleet says …

I am enjoying a refreshing summer snack. My husband grows delicious tomatoes and cucumbers in our garden, making this an even more special treat. I take a COCO lite multigrain pop cake, spread with cottage cheese and then layer with thick slices of tomato and thin slices of cucumber. Sprinkle lightly with sea salt and eat over a plate because there can be fallout! This is so satisfying and guilt-free.

ann k says …

I love freshly baked bread with a liberal serving of pasture butter. Yumm!

Denise Upton says …

My favorite healthy snack is pumpkin seeds. I love the seeds that are in the shell because they are chewy. I recently enjoyed some spicy pumpkin seeds seasoned with garlic, cayenne pepper and tamari soy sauce that were great! Pumpkin seeds are packed with protein, healthy fat and fiber.

Beth M. says …

Oh we're a family of snackaholics. We rather snack 6 times a day then eat full meals sometimes! Our number one go to snack is of course fruit and raw veggies with dips such as cream cheese, nut butters, hummus and sesame dressing.We also love making our own trail mixes with raw freeze dried fruit, raw nuts and seeds, and cereal, pretzels or crackers. Love air-popped popcorn, edamame beans, fresh or dried, and raw corn on teh cob. For quick grab and goes we turn to raw food bars, nut butter squeeze packs, and dried fruit bites or strips.

Sara says …

I like to have homemade whole grain muffins on hand to serve with a side of fresh fruit.

Jennifer Demos says …

I buy the Annies snack crackers in bulk and when we're on the go I take the little packages with. In addition, I buy bulk trail mix and seperate it into little containers myself for a healthy snack on the go!

Jamie says …

Baby carrots & hummus!

Pages