Suggested Snack List
Halifax School District Classroom Party and Snack Lists:
Having a healthy snack policy can create and promote healthy habits and behaviors in children. Schools with a healthy nutrition environment foster improved student health. The Halifax Area School District has a model school wellness policy. Healthy classroom snacks served during the school day should meet nutrition guidelines, with a strong emphasis on serving fruits and vegetables as the primary snacks and water as the primary beverage. The superintendent, with the assistance of the School Wellness Committee, are providing a list of foods and beverages that are acceptable for snack food and celebration use in the classroom. This list will only include food and beverages that are consistent with the USDA nutritional guidelines.
Remember to keep portion sizes small. Snacks should be healthy and curb kids hunger but should not be a meal. A healthy snack list for a classroom party may include one or two items from the following MyPlate.gov food groups: meat or protein foods, fruits, vegetables, grains (preferably whole grains), and milk or low-fat dairy foods.
Here are some ideas to get you started:
Meat or Protein Foods: Cheese & Crackers, Deviled Eggs, Ants on a Log (celery sticks, peanut butter, raisins or dried cranberries).
Fruits: Whole Fresh Fruit such as grapes, orange smiles, apple slices, watermelon, kiwi and strawberries. Yogurt and seasonal dips are great additions. Fruit cups in natural juice. Dried Fruit Slices. Apple Cider and 100% Fruit Juice products are great ideas. Fruit Kabobs are fun or add diced fruit to a whole wheat soft taco shell with a smear of Nutella for a great Fruit Taco.
Vegetables: Vegetable Sticks (carrot, cucumbers and celery) with dip, Vegetable Crisps. Smart Pop Popcorn.
Grains: Graham Crackers, Tortilla Chips and Salsa, Pita Chips and Hummus, Whole Grain Cereal Snack Mix, Pretzel Twists and Cream Cheese Dips.
Milk: Pudding and Blueberry Cups, Frozen Gogurt Sticks, Fruit and Yogurt Parfaits, Reduced Fat and Sugar Ice Cream Treats (already approved items can be purchased thru the school) and Cheese Sticks
A limited amount of high sugar items such as baked goods can be included as long as all of the above categories are represented at the celebration. No food of zero nutritional value should be provided during the school day. Examples of these types of items are soda, hard candies, licorice and tootsie rolls.
Be sure to check with your child’s teacher to confirm allergy concerns.
A great source of kids snack ideas can be found on Pinterest.