Healthy Back to School Snack Ideas

Snacks help children meet their nutritional needs throughout the day.  When making decisions on what to snack on, offer options from all food groups to provide lasting energy between meals.

  1. Mixtures of unsalted nuts and dried fruits (with no sugar added).  
    • walnuts, almonds, pistachios, raisins, dried cranberries
  2. Cut up carrots with ranch dressing
  3. Celery sticks with nut butter (peanut, almond, cashew, sunflower) or low-fat cream cheese. You can add raisins to the celery sticks as well and enjoy “ants on a log”
  4. Apple slices with nut butter
  5. Homemade dried fruit with no added sugar (apple, banana, pineapple, kiwi, strawberry, blueberry)
  6. Hard-boiled eggs
  7. Hummus and carrots
  8. Unsweetened applesauce
  9. Popcorn
  10. String cheese
  11. Rice cakes with spreadable cheese (like laughing cow) or nut butter
  12. Fresh fruits and/or vegetables

 

Recommended Nutrition for School-Aged Children:

  • Half of their total carbohydrates should be whole grains with more than 2 grams of fiber
  • 2-3 cups of dairy (fat-free or low-fat milk, yogurt or cheese) should be consumed per day
  • Aim for 1.5-2 cups of fruit per day (fresh, frozen, canned or dried)
  • 5 cups of a variety of colorful vegetables per day
  • 3 oz lean protein per day (chicken, turkey, lean beef, fish)
  • Choose products with < 10 grams of sugar
    • Choose products with < 2 grams of saturated fat

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