Nutritious School Snacks
When you send a snack or birthday treat to school for your child, or your child and his or her classmates, please consider sending a nutritious one.
Serving nutritious snacks to children is important. They can provide good nutrition, support lifelong healthy eating habits, and help prevent costly and potentially disabling diseases.
Snacks play a major role in children's diets.
The following suggestions are great snacks:
Fresh fruits -- all varieties-whole, sliced on a tray, or mixed in a fruit salad bowl.
- Yogurt dipping cups for sliced fresh fruit
- Frozen fruit - frozen grapes are fun to eat fruit and cheese kabobs
- 100% fruit / fruit juice bars
- Dried fruits
- Fruit cups packed in juice or light syrup
- Fruit leathers w/ no added sugar
Raw vegetables served with a low fat dressing, hummus, guacamole, salsa, bean dip.
- Whole grain crackers w/ low fat cheese
- Angel food cake w/ fruit topping
- Rice cakes
- Vanilla wafers
- Popcorn - air popped
- Animal Crackers
- Baked chips
- Graham Crackers
- Pretzels, breadsticks, mini Bagels
- Fig newtons
Low Fat Dairy
- Low fat ice cream/ ice milk
- Cheese cubes
- Low fat pudding cups
- Frozen yogurt
- Cottage Cheese
- String cheese
- Nuts, sunflower and pumpkin seeds
- Trail mix
- Soy butter spreads
- Sandwich quarters w/ lean meats
- Plain and flavored low fat milk
- Yogurt smoothies
- Water plain and flavored (calorie free)
100% Fruit juice, or fruit juice drinks containing at least 50% fruit juice Fruit punch made with 100% fruit juice and no calorie ginger ale or club soda