Scrumptious School Snacks

Looking for Healthy Snack Ideas?

Moms can get stumped for variety in nutritious snacking. Celery, carrots, and apples aren’t the only options. To complicate matters, many schools prohibit dairy and nuts, because so many children have allergies. That means healthy foods like walnuts, almonds, peanuts, yogurt and cheese are eliminated right off the bat.

We get in a rut and believe snack items must come out of a bag or box. We need to think of snacking as mini-meals. Most kids do NOT eat the recommended five (or more) servings of fruit and vegetables per day. So that’s a good place to begin.

One elementary teacher told her students their snacks should be something “picked or plucked” from a tree or the ground. Good advice!

Dani thinks snap peas
are a yummy snack.

The Variety Is Astonishing!

Slice Up Fruit:
Apple
Apricot
Banana
Berries: Blackberries, Blueberries, Raspberries, Strawberries
Cantaloupe
Cherries
Grapes
Kiwis
Mandarin Orange
Mango
Nectarine
Orange
Peach
Pear
Pineapple
Raisins
Tangerine
Watermelon

Raw Finger Vegetables:
Broccoli
Carrot sticks
Cauliflower
Celery sticks
Cucumber
Peppers (red, green, yellow or orange)
Snap peas
Snow peas
String beans
Grape or Cherry Tomatoes
Squash slices (summer squash, zucchini)

Other  Dairy- and Nut-Free Snacks:
Banana Chips
Popcorn
Nut-free granola bars
Nut-free Trail mix
Pretzels
Pita chips dipped in hummus
Backed Tortilla chips with bean dip
Fruit leathers
Baked dried apples (Bare Fruit is available at Costco and is like eating chips)
Sunflower and Pumpkin seeds
Hard-boiled eggs

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