will receive one snack per day that is supplied by the volunteer parent of the day.
A child's stomach cannot hold as much food as they require regular re-fueling
every 2 to 3 hours. When meals and snacks are served about the same time each day, children feel secure about food.
As parents our responsibility is to choose the foods that are served at meal and snack times. The children
will decide how much of those foods they will eat. The goods news is that is doesn't take any extra time to plan a healthy
What kinds of foods make the best snacks?
Try to pick nutrient-dense foods like grains, fruits, vegetables, dairy or high-protein choices. There is
no magic to the grouping of snacks - you can combine them any way you like. You might think about part of the snack to quench
thirst and part of the snack to satisfy hunger. Fruits have high water content and can quench a thirst; milk can satisfy thirst
and also satisfy hungry children.
Finger Foods are a Favorite!
Try pieces of vegetables or fruit - perhaps with ranch dressing, peanut butter or yogurt to dip into.
and/or fruit chunks, served with toothpicks.
Crackers with peanut butter, or a snack mix of different shaped cereal pieces.
Dried fruit pieces mixed with nuts.
String cheese and air popped popcorn.
Muffin halves, or slices of pumpkin/banana
Tortilla chips with bean dip and/or salsa.
The possibilities are endless - use
your imagination but keep it simple and easy for you to prepare.
Foods That Don't
Make Good Snacks
The foods listed here are not good snacks because they are
not nutrient dense and are high in sugar and/or fat. But as you know, many of these items are popular with children,
as they are with adults.
*Candies, breath mints, lozenges-regular and sugar free,
chips, cheese curls, candy bars, chocolate bread, spreads, packaged cookies, candies, cakes and sweet baked goods, granola
bars, gum, honey, syrup, jams, jellies, marshmallows, pop (regular and diet), popsicles, sugar coated cereals, tea and coffee,
fruit flavored drink (Hi-C, Tang, Hawaiian Punch), fruit punch or beverage.
A sensible approach
to dealing with poor snacks like these is to make allowance for them once in a while, not everyday and not too often, just
once in a while. Ideally, children should eat sweets at a time and a place where they can brush their teeth afterwards.
Healthy Snack Ideas:
Baked Tortilla Chips
hard cooked or
Milk – ½%, 1%
Nuts and Seeds
Cereal (not sugar coated)
(packaged in fruit juice)
100% Fruit Juice –
Vitamin C Fortified
Popcorn – air pop or
Snack Mix of bite-sized
Peanut Butter or
Sweet Potato Slices
¼ Begal with Cheese
or Peanut Butter
Tortillas with Melted
Cheese & Salsa