Original source: https://www.fns.usda.gov/tn/nibbles
Think of snacks as mini-meals. They help provide the nutrition and energy your child needs to grow, play, and learn. Your child should be offered at least two of the following types of foods at each snack:
- Milk (½ cup) – Examples: ½ cup low-fat (1%) milk, ½ cup fat-free (skim) milk
- Meat or Meat Alternate (½ ounce equivalent) – Examples: 1/4 of large egg, ½ ounce of cheddar cheese
- Vegetables (½ cup) – Examples: ½ cup of cucumber slices, ½ cup of bell pepper strips
- Fruits (½ cup) – Examples: ½ cup of berries, ½ cup of peaches
- Grains (½ serving) – Examples: 4 whole-wheat crackers, ½ slice of whole-wheat bread
There are many easy ways to make healthy snacks fun. Try these ideas at home.
- Fruity Faces: Create smiley faces with pieces of fruit.
- Dippin’ Vegetables: Thin strips of bell pepper and low-fat dressing or hummus (bean dip) make a great snack.
- Smart Drinks: Plain water and low-fat milk make great beverage choices for snack time.
- Snacks-to-Go: Decorate sandwich bags or fruit cups with markers or stickers. Healthy snacks can also come in fun packaging.
- Super Shapes: Use cookie cutters to cut fun shapes out of sliced whole-grain bread, watermelon, low-fat cheese, and more.