A preschool aged child should not have too many snacks in the course of the day. This will help ensure that the child eats more of his or her main meals. When choosing snacks, look for options that provide nutrition as well as taste. Stick with simple and easy to prepare snacks to save time. Make snacks that include at least two food groups. An example would be to apple slices with sunflower butter or a cup of milk served with graham crackers.
Use the different food groups to get ideas for snacks
Grains – cereal, oatmeal, mini rice cakes, mini bagels, whole grain crackers, tortillas
Vegetables – Veggie sticks from carrots, celery, peppers and zucchini, steamed broccoli, green beans, edamame, avocados or tomatoes
Fruits – Apple slices, orange sections, bananas, pineapple, kiwi, peach, melon, berries, dried fruits
Dairy – Cheese cubes or string cheese, mini yogurt cups, low fat milk, cottage cheese
Protein Foods – Hard boiled eggs, peanut or soy butter, bean dip, slices of turkey or chicken, pumpkin seeds
*Remember to prepare food for young children that won’t be a choking hazard.