NVNS Snack Policy and Recipes

Snacks provide important fuel for our children and should be healthy, well-balanced and made up of wholesome foods. The best way to select a well balanced snack is by providing simple foods that combine carbohydrates and protein in the same sitting. Examples of easy snacks are: cheese and crackers with fresh fruit; mini bagels with cream cheese and carrot sticks; pita bread triangles with hummus and cheese slices along with apple wedges. SUGARY TREATS ARE NOT APPROPRIATE SNACKS FOR NURSERY SCHOOL. Please enjoy them at home!



NVNS Snack-O-Matic!

 Just choose one item from each column for an easy, well-rounded snack.




Local and in-season will be CHEAPER. Organic is even better!

Organic is great; avoid nitrates in meats and partially hydrogenated oils in dairy products

Shoot for WHOLE GRAIN, no/low sugar

  •   Grapes
  •   Bananas (cut in chunks with peel on)
  •   Whole Apples (easy apple slicer is in nursery school kitchen!)
  •   Whole Oranges (cut in wedges or sectioned)
  •   Strawberries
  •   Tangerines
  •   Pears
  •   Persimmons
  •   Dried fruits (raisins, apples, etc)
  •   Fruit spreads, unsweetened, as an ingredient
  •   Carrots (sticks)
  •   Celery (sticks)
  •   Cucumber slices
  •   Sugar Snap Peas
  •   Cherry tomatoes


  • Cheese as an ingredient in quesadillas or mini sandwiches or bring a block and we’ll slice it!
  • Cream cheese
  • Yogurt (plain–we add the fruit or a little honey)
  • Hummus
  • Salami or sandwich meats with no nitrites
  • Cooked meats (meatballs, ground meat as a pizza topper)
  • Beans (garbanzo, black, kidney, etc)
  •   Real popcorn (pop at home and bring, or there’s an air popper at the school)
  •   Whole wheat and corn tortillas
  •   Rice crackers
  •   Whole wheat pita bread
  •   Whole grain muffins
  •   Sliced whole wheat loaf bread
  •   Low/no sugar, whole grain cereals
  •   Whole grain pastas