Healthy Children - August 2011

Be Snack-Wise

Plan 'Em Using the Food Guide Pyramid

For ingredients, stock up on simple foods such as peanut butter, cheese spread or slices, whole grain crackers, little bagels, small pita breads, non-sugarcoated, ready-to-eat cereals, vegetables, and fruits.

THESE ideas work at home or "on the go."

Snacks from the Grain Group

  • Cracker stacks—wheat crackers spread with cheese spread
  • Ready-to-eat cereals
  • Flavored mini rice cakes or popcorn cakes
  • Breads of all kinds such as multi-grain, rye, white, wheat
  • Ginger snaps or fig bars
  • *Popcorn
  • *Trail mix...ready-to-eat cereals mixed with raisins or other dried fruit
  • Graham crackers


Snacks from the Vegetable Group

  • Vegetable sticks such as carrot*, celery*, green pepper, cucumber, or squash
  • Celery stuffed with peanut butter*
  • Cherry tomatoes cut in small pieces
  • Steamed broccoli, green beans, or sugar peas with lowfat dip


Snacks from the Fruit Group

  • Apple ring sandwiches...peanut butter on apple rings
  • Tangerine sections
  • Chunks of banana or pineapple
  • Canned fruits packed in juice
  • Juice box (100% juice)


Snacks from the Milk Group

  • Milk shakes—made with fruit and milk
  • Cheese slices with thin apple wedges
  • String cheese or individually wrapped slices
  • Mini yogurt cups


Snacks from the Meat Group

  • Hard cooked eggs (wedges or slices)
  • Peanut butter spread thin on crackers
  • Bean dip spread thin on crackers


*May cause choking in 2 to 3-year-old children.