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Snacks are important part of a growing childʼs diet. Healthy snacks give children extra calorie and nutrients between meals and offer an opportunity to add a few more vegetables and fruits to their diet.

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List of Tips For Creating A Healthy Lunchbox For Your Child


  1. Get rid of unhealthy snacks that can derail your child’s goals.
  2. Limit the amount of added sugar in your child’s diet.
  3. For chocolate lovers, eat antioxidant-rich, heart-healthy, organic dark chocolate
  4. Try some kiwi for a tasty green snack!
  5. Cashews, almonds, walnuts, pecans, and peanuts have heart healthy oil. It makes a great after school snack. One ounce if nuts is equal to one serving of meat.
  6. Set out a bowl of veggies with a low fat dip for healthy kid snacking.
  7. Keep the total calories down by choosing baked chips instead of regular potato chips.
  8. Snack on dried fruits such as apricots, figs or raisins.
  9. If your child isn’t hungry at dinner, you may need to move snack time to at least 2 hours prior to the evening meal.
  10. Wash fruit the night before so they’ll be ready for a healthy afternoon snacks.
  11. Skip the chips at snack time and serve crunchy vegetables with low fat dip.
  12. Think of snack time as mini meals rather than "junk food" time.
  13. Avoid foods that have sugar or high fructose sugar as the first ingredient.
  14. Bring healthy snacks like fruit cups, raisins, celery with peanut butter, low fat cheese and crackers or trail mix in baggies.
  15. Limit the amount of processed ready to-eat-snacks you buy (such as potato chips or cookies).
  16. Snacking is the opportunity to add more servings of healthy foods from the food groups.
  17. Make snack kabobs. Put cubes of low-fat cheese and grapes on pretzel sticks.
  18. Spread mustard on a flour tortilla. Top with a slice of turkey or ham, low-fat cheese and lettuce. Then roll it up.
  19. Banana Split: Top a banana with low-fat vanilla and strawberry frozen yogurt. Sprinkle with your favorite whole-grain cereal.
  20. Peel a banana and dip it in yogurt. Roll in crushed cereal and freeze.
  21. Pack mini carrots for your child’s snack today.
  22. Limit the availability of high-calorie, high-sugar, high-fat foods that have little if any nutrients.
  23. Children need a healthy snack between meals.
  24. Microwave a small baked potato. Top with reduced-fat cheddar cheese and salsa.
  25. Mix together ready-to-eat cereal, dried fruit and nuts in a sandwich bag for an on-the-go snack.
  26. Spread celery sticks with peanut butter or low-fat cream cheese. Top with raisins.
  27. Stuff a whole-grain pita pocket with ricotta cheese and Granny Smith apple slices. Add a dash of cinnamon.
  28. Smear a scoop of frozen yogurt on two graham crackers and add sliced banana to make a yummy sandwich.
  29. Top low-fat vanilla yogurt with crunchy granola and sprinkle with blueberries.
  30. Spread peanut butter on apple slices.
  31. Parfait: Layer vanilla yogurt and mandarin oranges or blueberries
  32. Inside-Out Sandwich: Spread mustard on a slice of deli turkey. Wrap around a sesame breadstick.
  33. Rocky Road: Break a graham cracker into bite-size pieces. Add to low-fat chocolate pudding along with a few miniature marshmallows.
  34. Toast a whole grain waffle and top with low-fat yogurt and sliced peaches.
  35. Sprinkle grated Monterey Jack cheese over a corn tortilla; fold in half and microwave for twenty seconds. Top with salsa.
  36. Toss dried cranberries and chopped walnuts in instant oatmeal.
  37. Mini Pizza: Toast an English muffin, drizzle with pizza sauce and sprinkle with low-fat mozzarella cheese.
  38. Mix together peanut butter and cornflakes in a bowl. Shape into balls and roll in crushed graham crackers.
  39. Fill a waffle cone with cut-up fruit and top with low-fat vanilla yogurt.




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