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:

Fruits

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

Vegetables

Raw vegetables served with a low fat dressing, hummus, guacamole, salsa, bean dip.

Healthy Grains

  • 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

  • Yogurt
  • Low fat ice cream/ ice milk
  • Cheese cubes
  • Low fat pudding cups
  • Frozen yogurt
  • Cottage Cheese
  • String cheese

Meat/Meat Alternatives

  • Nuts, sunflower and pumpkin seeds
  • Trail mix
  • Soy butter spreads
  • Hummus
  • Sandwich quarters w/ lean meats

Beverages

  • 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