Healthy Snack List
At any school function (parties, celebrations, receptions, festivals, sporting events, etc.) healthy food choice options should be available to students. Some suggested foods are listed below to include:
- Animal crackers/Graham crackers
- Baked tortilla chips with salsa
- Dry cereal (not sugar coated)
- Fig bars
- Fresh or dried fruit (raisins, banana chips, applesauce, canned fruit in its own juice)
- Fruit leathers (without added sugars)
- Frozen fruit juice bars
- 100% fruit or vegetable juices
- Hummus/Bean dips
- Low fat string cheese/low fat cottage cheese
- Low fat yogurt
- Lean roast beef, turkey, chicken or ham sandwiches with cheese (low fat mayo)
- Low-fat muffins, low-fat/low-sugar granola bars
- Milk (low-fat, flavored or unflavored)
- Popcorn (94% fat-free)
- Raw vegetables with low fat dressing or yogurt dip
- Rice cakes
- Vanilla wafers
*There are other snack choices available. Please make sure to read labels and checknutritional value.
Foods to Avoid
- Carbonated and caffeinated beverages
- High sugar content candies and desserts
- High fat foods (fried foods like french fries, fatty meats, most cheeses, buttery popcorn)
- High sodium foods (luncheon meats, cheeses, chips, salty popcorn, pickles)
In selecting food items to offer students keep in mind that numerous students are on special diets and their consumption of sugar, fat, sodium, etc. is restricted.
The use of foods of minimal nutritional value as learning incentives should not be practiced, and healthy food choices or non-food items should be substituted.
Organizations operating concessions at school functions should include at least some healthy food choices in their offerings. It is recommended that groups market healthy options at a lower profit margin to encourage selection by students.