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After-school snacks that won't go bad

Elaina is a Phoenix-based freelance writer, blogger and co-founder of the Kidlee baby book app. Check out her blog, Fun Finds For Mom, for product reviews, recipes and fun activities for moms and kids.

Snacks that go bad? Perish the thought!

When you're packing after-school snacks, be careful. Yogurt, cheese and fresh fruit may be smart snack choices when eaten right out of the fridge, but after a full school day in a backpack, forget about it! Here are six snacks that pass the backpack test with flying colors.

Mini sandwiches

Mini sandwiches

Photo credit: Another Lunch

How cute are these itty bitty sealed sandwiches? Check out the super-cool tool that made these little fellas on the blog Another Lunch. These babies are filled with peanut butter and jelly, but you could fill your mini sammies with turkey and cheese, cucumber and cream cheese, or ham and cheddar.

Healthy cookies

Healthy cookies

Photo credit: Fun Finds For Mom

Bake a big batch of these "smart cookies" on the weekend and you'll have irresistible school snacks all week long. (We won't tell if you eat them for breakfast too!) Get the recipe for these oat-packed, low-sugar snacks at Fun Finds For Mom.

Crackers and seeds

Crackers and seeds

Photo credit: Another Lunch

Goldfish crackers and pumpkin seeds are a crunchy combo that will stay fresh for days. Swap the pumpkin seeds for sunflower seeds if you like.

Beef jerky

Beef jerky

Photo credit: DeGuzmans on the GAPS Diet Blog

Mmmm... jerky. Buy it at the convenience store or make your own with a dehydrator. You'll find the mouth-watering instructions on how to make your own beef jerky on the DeGuzman family blog, which details their journey eating according to the GAPS diet.

Popcorn mix

Popcorn mix

Photo credit: Inspired Edibles

Whole grain popcorn meets trail mix in this popcorn snack mix. Use your favorite dried fruit, nuts, seeds and spices to create your own personal blend. Get the recipe and tips on making your own popcorn mix at Inspired Edibles.

DIY trail mix

DIY trail mix

Photo credit: Mom's Kitchen Handbook

Take the kids to the bulk bins and let them pick out their favorite nuts, seeds, dried fruit and maybe some chocolate chips or chocolate-covered nuts. Enlist their help mixing and portioning out their own homemade trail mix. Just make sure you keep the mix in sealed containers to prolong freshness.

Quick tip:

Pack after-school snacks in a hard container (not a plastic bag) to save them from getting squished!

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