Tips & Facts
Your children are more likely to eat healthy snacks if you eat them too. Find healthy snacks that you enjoy eating that you can share with your children.
Choose snacks that include low-fat dairy, fresh fruit, vegetables, lean protein or whole grains. Think of snacks as “mini meals” with foods from different food groups that provide kids with energy and the nutrients they need to grow healthy.
Eat a rainbow! Try to add as many colorful fruits and vegetables as you can to every meal.
Cut up fruits and vegetables and take them to go in plastic bags or reusable containers. Grapes, strawberries, sliced apples, baby carrots, cherry tomatoes, celery sticks, low-fat yogurt, and snack size unsweetened apple sauce are some examples of healthy snacks that are easy to take on the go.
Try to leave enough time between snacks and meals (about 90 minutes or more) so that children are ready to eat at meal time. As children get older they may need less snacks.
When choosing packaged snacks, read Nutrition Facts labels to choose lower sodium, saturated fat and sugar options.