"Healthy Snack and Lunch Ideas"
Jaclyn Morris Bower Parent Nutrition Information I created this 2-page “Healthy Snack and Lunch Ideas” flyer for the parents in my preschool program. It is so important for children to eat healthy meals and snacks at home and school. We provide healthy snacks from this list every morning in our preschool program. The parents send lunches to school so I wanted to encourage them to provide their children with a lunch packed full of healthy, nutritional choices. If children eat healthy, nutrition-packed snacks and meals, they have a better chance of growing and developing properly, they have more energy to work and play, they fight off illness better, and they learn more efficiently. I emailed this flyer to all the parents in my preschool program to remind them about proper nutrition for their children over the rest of the summer and to start thinking about preparing lunches for their children in the coming weeks when the new school year begins. They can keep this flyer on their refrigerator to give them new and different ideas for snacks and lunches throughout the school year. Courtesy of www.KindergartenReadiness.net Healthy Snack and Lunch Ideas Fruits Vegetables Breads and Grains bananas whole wheat crackers apples and pears asparagus whole wheat pretzels melons and cantaloupe beets whole wheat/grain breads oranges bell peppers pita bread grapes bok choy tortillas plums broccoli fruit or vegetable muffins peaches brussel sprouts cookies and granola bars – nectarines cabbage (choose lower sugar, whole cherry tomatoes carrots grain versions) apricots cauliflower asian pears bagel celery baguette avocado corn bananas bread sticks cucumbers crackers blueberries eggplant cherries dry whole grain cereal green beans english muffin cranberries (dried) green salad dates focaccia lettuce figs garlic toast mushrooms mango lavash bread seaweed (nori, wakame, hijiki) papaya shelling peas pizza bread prunes snap peas rice cakes raisins soy beans (edamame) rolls grapefruit spinach sandwich bread kiwi squash pasta pineapple sweet potatoes rice raspberries yams couscous strawberries zucchini oatmeal tomatoes veggies and dip (slice up bulghar watermelon carrots, cucumbers, and fruit salad with dip (Chop up celery and then pack them some fruit - strawberries, with an interesting dip or apples, melons, peaches - and two) pack with a yogurt dip or cottage cheese) Courtesy of www.KindergartenReadiness.net Courtesy of www.KindergartenReadiness.net Sandwiches and Fillings Spreads, Condiments & Treats Other apple crisp avocado applesauce almond butter baked chips with salsa baked tofu apple butter dried fruit bean burrito avocado (mashed) fruit bar bread or pita stuffed with banana (mashed) fruit leather veggies and hints of fruit beans granola (sliced apple or pineapple) brie cheese homemade cookies carrots (shredded) cashew butter notes from home cheese (lite/low-fat) cheese slices or string cheese popcorn chicken cottage cheese pretzels chicken salad low-fat cream cheese stickers egg sandwich goat cheese trail mix egg salad honey vanilla yogurt with fruit or hard-boiled egg honey hummus lettuce jam (spreadable fruit) melted cheese on tortillas ketchup Drinks nitrite-free hot dogs macaroni and cheese polenta with pizza sauce & mayonnaise/mustard cheese mixed nuts shrimp salad peanut butter sliced avocado pesto sliced cucumber pizza or tomato sauce smoked salmon pumpkin butter sprouts bottled water soup and crackers flavored water tomatoes tofu low-fat milk tuna salad soy milk veggie burgers rice milk veggie dogs hemp milk vegetable pita sandwich orange juice Courtesy of www.KindergartenReadiness.net Food lists modified from www.preschoolrock.com and www.healthychild.com Courtesy of www.KindergartenReadiness.net