Snack time in 1H is an important part of our day. It is usually mid-morning and lasts for 10-15 minutes. Snack time gives us a chance to refeul, relax and socialize with friends or read a book. Because we have found in the past that children are quite hungry towards the end of the day, we will also be having an afternoon "working snack." This snack will not be a break time like the morning, and will not interrupt instructional time.

It is very important that children are provided with healthy foods for their snacks. I have compiled a list of suggestions to help you with ideas. If you have a great snack idea, please email me with it so I may add it to this list!

Simple, Healthy Snack Ideas
*NO snacks with NUTS or peanut butter this year, please!
  • Raw vegetables, such as celery, carrots, cauliflower, broccoli, green pepper, green beans, cucumbers, mushrooms or zucchini served with a lowfat dip.
  • Fresh fruit in season, cut in slices or halves, such as apples, oranges, bananas, peaches, grapefruit, grapes, melons, pears, plums or strawberries.
  • Lowfat quick breads and muffins, such as pumpkin, zucchini, banana or bran.
  • Non-sugared cereals, snack mixes made with popcorn and whole grain cereal.
  • Granola mixes
  • Dried fruits
  • Bagels
  • Crackers with cheese
  • Popcorn or pretzels
  • Rice Cakes
  • Yogurt
  • Goldfish
Snack Tips
  • Plan snacks with your child and allow for some choices.
  • 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. Then let your child pack their own snack for the day.
  • Avoid high sugar, fatty and salty snacks.
  • Plan snacks to help meet the suggested number of servings per day from the Food Guide Pyramid.
  • Never offer junk food as a reward for good behavior.
  • Ask your child if they see others eating snacks that they might like.
  • Offer a special "surprise snack" once in a while.
  • Write an "I love you" note and slip it into your child's snack bag!
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