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!
Just choose one item from each column for an easy, well-rounded snack.
Fruits & Veggies
Local and in-season will be CHEAPER. Organic is even better!
- Bananas (cut in chunks with peel on)
- Whole Apples (easy apple slicer is in nursery school kitchen!)
- Whole Oranges (cut in wedges or sectioned)
- Dried fruits (raisins, apples, etc)
- Fruit spreads, unsweetened, as an ingredient
- Carrots (sticks)
- Celery (sticks)
- Cucumber slices
- Sugar Snap Peas
- Cherry tomatoes
Organic is great; avoid nitrates in meats and partially hydrogenated oils in dairy products
- 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)
- Salami or sandwich meats with no nitrites
- Cooked meats (meatballs, ground meat as a pizza topper)
- Beans (garbanzo, black, kidney, etc)
Shoot for WHOLE GRAIN, no/low sugar
- 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