Snack: It's Not a Bad Word
General Nutrition Card 3
MN WIC Program
- Eat More Fruits and Vegetables
- Snack: It's Not a Bad Word
- Moms and Kids Need Iron
- Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs
- Be Food Safe
- Vitamin D
Snacks are “mini” meals. A snack is a small meal between larger meals. Most young children and pregnant women need healthy snacks to help meet their daily food needs. Make sure that you don’t serve anything at snack time that you wouldn’t serve at a meal.
It's best to plan snacks at:
Serve snacks so they are eaten 2 hours before the next meal. Try to offer foods only at meals and snack times.
Limit snack foods that are high in fat, sugar and salt, like potato chips, candy and pop. These foods will make you feel full and less hungry for other more important foods.
Reward children with praise, crayons, pencils or bubbles instead of food.
- Crackers with cheese or peanut butter
- Graham crackers and milk
- Fresh fruit (served bite-sized for children)
- Animal crackers
- Milkshake made with fruit and milk
- Cheese or cottage cheese
- Hard cooked eggs
- Bread or toast
- Raw vegetables*
- Ready-to-eat cereals mixed with raisins or other dried fruits (trail mix)*
*May cause choking in children 3 years old and younger.
• Spread peanut butter on one side of tortilla