Any parent of a picky eater knows that persuading kids to eat their fruits and veggies can be a battle, but nothing whets a child’s appetite quite like a cute container. Even broccoli and Brussels sprouts look crave-worthy when housed in a fish–themed case or a boldly hued bento box.
In order to help parents keep their kids properly nourished, we partnered with Nature Valley™ Backpacker™ chewy oatmeal bites to share 12 precious and portable snack holders sure to get even the fussiest eaters to dig in.
1. For Tasty ‘Tweats’
Give your chickadees a chance to spread their wings with a snack container they can manage all on their own.
The Ubbi Tweat, $9.99, ubbiworld.com
2. The Feisty Fish
Encourage your favorite little guppy to keep on swimming with a sweet, aquatic-themed snack case.
Brinware School of Fish Glass and Silicone Food Container, $12.99, target.com
3. Owl You Need Is This
Your child will have a hoot munching treats from this cartoonish container.
Skip Hop Zoo Snack Cup, $7, skiphop.com
4. For Feline Foodies
Every elementary schooler knows that carting around a themed lunchbox is the cat’s pajamas. This feline-themed bento box is nothing short of cat-tastic ― and it features two separate compartments for double the fun!
Kotobuki 2-Tiered Bento Box, $19, amazon.com
5. The Bee’s Knees
Give your busy bee something to buzz about come lunchtime with this cool canister. The sleek design insulates a fun-sized meal while giving food flair with a sunny illustration.
Skip Hop Zoo-Kids Lunchboxes ― Insulated Food Jar, $32.95, limetreekids.com
6. So Conversational
These catchy containers say it all ― literally. Give lunch a boost with chatty snack boxes that will voice your little one’s thoughts on noshing.
Happy Jackson Snacktastic Snack Boxes, $16, asos.com
7. The Thermos 2.0
Retire that ancient green Thermos left over from your own childhood in favor of a modern version illustrated with a few of your child’s favorite things. Whether butterflies or buses float her boat, these FUNtainers are sure to be a hit.
Thermos FUNtainers, $29.95, limetreekids.com
8. The Trendsetter
The pop-of-color trend isn’t just for the runways this year. These neon neatnik bento boxes are the perfect size for a child’s lunch, but we wouldn’t be surprised if you snap one up for yourself, too.
Takenaka Deep Bento Box, $11.32, amazon.com
9. Fresh And Frosty
Win the war over veggies by keeping healthy snacks stored in this portable crisper, complete with a built-in dressing container. Who says eating healthy has to be a chore?
EZ Freeze Cool Gear Stay Fit Snack N Dip, $10.18, sears.com
10. ‘Greased Lightning’
Even miniature gearheads-in-the-making deserve an auto of their very own. Make his or her first set of wheels a memorable one with these road-ready car containers perfect for snackable goodies.
Car-Shaped Snack Containers, $29.90, hardtofind.com
11. The Furry Friend
If the thought of supplying your child with a bland, basic lunchbox gives you “paws,” look instead to these darling, animal-themed vessels.
Kid’s Animal Friends Snack Containers, $8.99, amazon.com
12. The Spherical Wonder
If snack boxes are just too … square for your kid’s taste, why not try a sphere instead? This easy-to-grip snack ball houses a perfectly portioned serving of cereal or snacks, and it’s a perfect fit for future athletes.
Boon Snack Ball, $4.70, walmart.com
Packing snacks for kids is a challenging task for parents, from choosing travel-friendly containers to selecting treats that fortify and nourish children. If you’re running low on time to pack snacks, pop in a pack of new Nature Valley™ Backpacker™ Chewy Oatmeal bites, which are designed to provide kids with the perfect, portable snack-sized portion for fueling up between meals.