What types of foods and beverages can be
counted as “healthy snacks?”
The following foods and beverages are nutrient-rich foods that contain
essential nutrients often lacking in children’s diets. These healthy snacks
contain little or no added sugar, fat or salt. Eating these types of snack foods
more often can significantly improve a child’s diet.
100% fruit or vegetable
Canned and packaged fruit
products packed in juice
Low or nonfat milk
Low or nonfat yogurt
Low fat cheese
save nuts for at home after school due to students allergies.
snack ideas: Low fat quick breads and muffins. Non-sugared cereals, snack
mixes made with popcorn and whole grain cereals.
- Plan snacks as a part of the day's food plan.
- When shopping, let children help pick out fruits,
vegetables, and cheeses for snacks. They will be more interested in eating
these foods if they have been involved in selecting them.
- Set aside a "snack spot" in the refrigerator and
cupboard; keep it stocked with nutritious ready-to-eat snacks.
- Offer snacks at regular times, such as midmorning and
- Avoid high sugar, fatty and salty snacks, such as candy
and soda pop.
- Snacks are a good way to introduce new foods. Include a
game or activity to learn about the new food and let the child help fix it.
- Plan snacks to help meet the suggested number of
servings per day from the Food Guide Pyramid: 6 to 11 servings from the
breads, cereal, rice and pasta group; 3 to 5 servings from the vegetable
group; 2 to 4 servings from the fruit group; 2 to 3 servings from the milk,
cheese and yogurt group; and 2 to 3 servings meat, poultry, fish, eggs, nuts
and dry beans group.
- It is not a good idea to offer food as a reward for good behavior.
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