When Kids Eat Better, They Do Better

Snack Ideas

Healthy snacks are essential for growing kids

Plan snacks as part of the daily menu and use them to help kids meet their nutritional needs. Always try to include a good source of protein with snacks. For example, apple and string cheese, whole grain bagel and peanut butter or yogurt and nuts and fruit.

 

SNACK IDEAS FROM EACH FOOD GROUP

Grains

  • dry cereal (not sugary cereal),
  • whole grain crackers,
  • mini rice cakes,
  • sliced bread,
  • mini bagels,
  • whole wheat tortillas

Vegetables

  • veggie sticks made from fresh carrots or zucchini,
  • bell pepper rings,
  • cherry tomatoes,
  • steamed broccoli,
  • green beans,
  • avocadoes

Fruits

  • apple slices,
  • oranges,
  • strawberries,
  • bananas,
  • pineapple,
  • kiwi,
  • peaches,
  • mangos,
  • nectarines,
  • melon,
  • grapes,
  • berries,
  • pears

Dairy

  • low-fat cheese slices or string cheese,
  • mini yogurt cups,
  • low-fat milk,

Protein Foods

  • eggs,
  • peanut butter,
  • bean dip,
  • hummus,
  • slices of lean turkey or chicken,
  • beans,
  • nuts