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Growing kids sometimes need to eat more often than adults - especially when activity levels are high. Snacks are important to boost energy and prevent between-meal hunger. Healthy snacks add variety and needed nutrients to kid's diets.


Snack Starters

  • Planning. Plan after-school snacks to prevent overeating at dinner due to extreme hunger.
  • Timing. In the summer and on weekends, offer a mid-morning snack if needed.
  • Sizing. Keep snacks small and healthy. Snacks are just to "hold you over" until the next meal.


Snack Ideas

  • Low-fat microwave popcorn
  • Peanut butter and jelly half sandwich on whole grain bread
  • Low-fat cottage cheese with fruit
  • Fresh fruit with low-fat yogurt for dipping
  • Canned fruit in its own juice
  • Snack size low-fat pudding
  • Canned tuna mixed with low-fat mayo on whole grain toast
  • Fresh vegetables, like baby carrots with low-fat salad dressing dip
  • Unsweetened whole grain cereal with slice fruit
  • Lean meat and low-fat cheese sandwich on whole grain bread
  • Baked chips with salsa


Snack On The Go

  • Applesauce in single serving container
  • Animal crackers or graham crackers
  • Whole fruit
  • Box of raisins
  • Trail mix with dried fruit
  • Pretzels or rice cakes
  • Whole grain crackers
  • Fig bars