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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.
- 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.
- 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