HEALTHY SNACKS REMINDER
Wednesday, October 26, 2016 - 12:58pm
Homemade Options: (Not for sharing at school, but great for home)
- Grapes, apples, tangerines, bananas and pears are the perfect portable fresh fruit treat.
- Frozen grapes are great for hot days.
- Kids always get a kick out of rabbit bags, which combine fresh fruit and vegetables in individual servings.
- Sliced vegetables with spicy bean salsa are a fun and exciting snack!
- Popcorn trail bags are easy. Sweet and salty come together when you mix unflavored popcorn with dry roasted peanuts and a handful of raisins. Package each serving in a mini paper bag for personal deliveries.
- Strawberry crunchies are a snack that kids can make themselves!
- You can’t go wrong with an assortment of sliced veggies and a flavorful low-fat dip! Find over 100 snack recipes here.
- For a pretty and engaging snack, try apple butterflies!
- Fruit parfaits abide by the guidelines and are totally gorgeous. Try this recipe for a fun layered parfait.
- Oven fries are a great snack - use sodium-free ketchup or mix it up with sweet potatoes instead of regular potatoes.
- And speaking of potatoes, you can always microwave a potato and top it with steamed veggies to make a cute face!
- Packaged Snacks:
- 100 calorie packs are great options for certain foods. Try low-fat, whole grain crackers and whole grain pretzels. Sweets, even in 100 calorie packs, often have more than 35% of their weight as just sugar, while fried foods, like potato chips, have way more fat than is allowed. To be under 35% calories from fat a food cannot have more than 35 calories of fat per 100 calories.
- Baked tortilla chips with 100 calorie packs of guacamole dip can be fun treats.
- Baked potato chips will meet the guidelines at 120 calories and 3 grams of fat.
- Baked whole grain pita chips are a handy option.
- Fill pita pockets with veggies and a little nonfat Italian dressing for a fun snack.
- Prepared veggie and fruit trays with low-fat dips are speedy, fuss-free options.
- For a calcium-rich option, try single-serving, sugar-free pudding cups.
- Light, low-fat yogurt comes in cups and squeeze tubes. As long as it meets the sugar requirements, it is good to go.
- Whole grain cereals like shredded wheat, oatmeal "O's", and Chex are great snack options without added sugar.
- Brown rice cakes are great options. Kids can top them with nut butter and fruit.
- Boxed raisins and other dried fruits are great.
- Whole grain fig cookies like Fig Newtons will work.
- Fruit cups and individual fruit serving cans packed in juice are great packaged snacks, too.
For More Information:
For more details and inspiration, visit https://foodandhealth.com/usda-snack-foods-schools/.