So it seems many schools have a suggested snack list. Moms keep asking what is appropriate for snack and how do you make a balanced snack choice. In honor of National Nutrition Month (Get Your Plate In Shape), here is my recommended snack list. You can modify if your school follows Kosher or Allergy Free guidelines. Happy Snacking!!
Suggested foods that are ideal for health and growth:
Organic and or local foods especially dairy and fruits; No added sugars are highly encouraged. Please try to buy products with sugar as the third ingredient or more, no preservatives and no artificial colors.
The children often enjoy participating in the shopping for their snack week. Let them help you choose snacks for the week. Try to purchase seedless varieties when possible especially for the 2’s and 3”s. Older children may be open to varied textures and more robust flavors.
Refer to Web MD’s To Buy or Not Buy, Organic: http://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/ss/slideshow-to-buy-or-not-to-buy-organic
Chemicals in our food: http://www.cspinet.org/reports/chemcuisine.htm
Please remember to bring enough snack for ___ children for the entire week.
Snacks: We recommend serving a healthy protein and or healthy fat (real cheese, hummus, edamame), and 1-2 carbohydrates, 1 whole grain (spelt pretzels, multi grain cheerios), and 1 fruit or vegetable equivalent (organic apples, clementines, carrots). There must always be a fruit or a veggie option on a daily basis.
Beverage: Water only.
Protein/Fats: Choose 1/day to serve
Real Cheese: Mozzarella, Cheddar (the sticks tend to be very popular)
Hard boiled eggs,
Greek yogurts (Oikos), Yogurt Squeeze (Stonyfield or Horizon, no Danimals)
Soy Butter, Sunflower Butter (class specific)
Carbohydrates: Whole Grains: Choose 0 -1/day to serve
Ak-Mak crackers, Wholegrain crackers (Kashi), Kalvi Rye Crackers
Baked Tortilia Chips, Kale Chips
Multigrain cheerios or cereal
Whole Grain Rice Cakes
Whole Wheat Matzos
Natural Air Popped Popcorn (Bearitos and Naked Popcorn)
Spelt, whole wheat or whole grain pretzels (Snyder’s, Annies Organic)
Carbohydrates: Fruits and Vegetables: Choose 1/day to serve
Unswtned organic applesauce
Cucumbers – peeled and sliced, seedless
Dried fruit with no added sugars and or oils
Melons – seedless
Organic Pepper Slices
Or any fruit/veggie your child loves!