Fruits and vegetables are always a great choice!

Fruits and vegetables are always a great choice!

"Always" Choices

Send Often - Top Picks


  • grapes
  • apples or pears
  • pineapple
  • melons: cantaloupe, honeydew, watermelon
  • berries or cherries
  • dried fruit: raisins
  • apricots, etc.
  • fruit salad
  • clementines or oranges
  • mangoes
  • bananas


  • baby carrots
  • snap peas
  • bell peppers
  • grape tomatoes
  • edamame
  • cucumbers
  • string beans
  • celery

Whole Grains

  • whole grain crackers
  • whole grain bread
  • whole wheat pita bread
  • whole grain dry cereal:
  • ex. Cheerios,
  • Cascadian Farm Multi Grain Squares

Other Foods

  • nuts or nut butters (*if appropriate for your classroom, please check with yourteacher first).
  • hummus, salsa or guacamole as healthy dips for veggies or whole grain pita bread / crackers

Great  Drinks

  • send your child to school with a reusable water bottle so he or she can have water to stay
  • hydrated all day long; reusable bottles also
  • reduce waste;
  • milk is provided at school meals.

"Sometimes" Choices

Send Occasionally

100% juice, applesauce-unsweetened, canned fruit or fruit cups (in fruit juice, not syrup), crackers, graham crackers, animal crackers, pretzels, plain baked chips, bagels or homemade bread or muffins (suggestions - add fruit or veggies like zucchini, carrots, blueberries, etc. to muffins), yogurt, cheese sticks, granola bars with less than 8 grams of sugar per 100 calories (Examples: Nature Valley Crunchy Granola Bars, Quaker 25% Less Sugar Chewy Granola Bars, Earth's Best Organic Fruit Bars)

"Rarely" Choices

Please Try Not to Send These

candy, donuts, fried chips, store bought/pre-packaged brownies/muffins/sweets