SNACK IDEAS

Please note that Willow Park Preschool is a NUT FREE environment. When you are on snack duty you are required to provide a snack for all children in the class. Drinks are not required but if you do decide to supply drinks please ensure it is 100% Juice and in a 1 liter container. On your child’s birthday you may bring in a special treat for the class.

When bringing a snack please from choose two of the four groups listed below:

WHOLE GRAINS

Whole grains provide children’s bodies with complex carbohydrates, which help sustain energy throughout the day. The additional fiber is important for gastro-intestinal health.

Dairy
Dairy foods provide a growing preschooler with calcium and vitamin D for healthy and strong bones and teeth. These snacks also provide additional protein, essential for growth and development.

Raw Vegetables
Raw vegetables are a quick and easy snack for a preschooler. They provide a child’s body with antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals. These essential nutrients provide energy and help strengthen the immune system to help protect the body from germs. Raw vegetables can be eaten alone or dipped in salad dressings.

Fruit
Fruit is one of the healthiest and quickest snacks to prepare for a preschool class. Fruit is low in calories and sugar, yet provides many essential vitamins and nutrients. Fruits are high in antioxidant vitamins that help protect a preschooler from illness. Fruit can be served whole, sliced, mixed into a salad, or on top of yogurt.

For more snack ideas and acceptable foods please see below.

A

Animal crackers

Ants-on-a-log (celery with cream cheese/cheese whiz and raisins)

Apple slices

Applesauce

Apricots         

B

Bagels (with fruit spread, cream cheese, or made into pizzas)

Banana

Bell pepper slices

Blackberries

Blueberries

Blueberry muffins

Bran Muffins

Bread (whole-grain)

Broccoli (raw with dip)

C

Cantaloupe

Carrot sticks (sliced lengthwise)

Cauliflower (raw with veggie dip)

Celery slices 

CheChas

Cheerios

Cheese (must be cut up in class)

Cheese Strings

Cherries (pitted)

Chewy granola bar

Clementines

Cottage cheese with fruit

Crackers (whole-grain)

Craisins

Cucumber slices

Currants

E

Egg (hard-boiled)

Egg-salad wraps/sandwiches (made with whole-grain bread/tortillas)

Eggo mini waffles

English muffin (with fruit spread, or made into pizzas)

F

Fresh fruit

Frozen yogurt tubes

Fruit pizza

G

Goldfish crackers

Graham crackers

Granola bar

Grapefruit

Grapes

Green pepper slices

H

Honeydew melon

Hummus spread with pita bread

J

Juice (100% fruit juice)

K

Kiwi

M

Mango

Melon

N

Nectarines

Navel oranges

O

Oatmeal

Olives

Oranges

P

Pancakes

Papaya

Passion fruit

Peaches

Pears

Pepper slices

Pickles

Pineapple

Pita bread

Pizza

Plums

Pome fruit

Pomegranate

Pretzels

Prunes

Pumpkin bread/muffins

Pumpkin seeds

Q

Quesadilla (with cheese or fruit)

R

Raisin bagels/bread/muffins

Raisins

Raspberries

Red pepper slices

Rice pudding

Rye bread

S

Sandwiches

Star fruit

Strawberries

Sunflower seeds (shelled)

T

Tabbouleh (with pita bread)

Tangerines

Tapioca pudding

Tomatoes

Tortilla chips (baked and with salsa)

Tortilla wraps

U

Ugli fruit

V

Vanilla wafers

Vegetables with dip

Veggie Stix

W

Watermelon

Wheat crackers

Whole-grain bagel

Whole-grain crackers

Whole-grain pretzels

Whole-grain tortilla chips

Whole-grain waffles

Y

Yogurt

Yogurt drinks

Yogurt covered pretzels/raisins

Z

Zucchini

Zucchini bread/muffins