In keeping with the TCCS focus on health and nutrition and the national agenda to encourage healthy choices for our children, we are introducing new Suggested Snack Guidelines. We hope you will find this helpful when choosing snacks for your child.
The Big Picture: On average, a quarter of kids' calories are coming from unhealthy snacks. Snacks count! Help make snack time healthy at school and at home!
Send Often - Top Picks
- apples or pears
- melons: cantaloupe, honeydew, watermelon
- berries or cherries
- dried fruit: raisins
- apricots, etc.
- fruit salad
- clementines or oranges
- baby carrots
- snap peas
- bell peppers
- grape tomatoes
- string beans
- whole grain crackers
- whole grain bread
- whole wheat pita bread
- whole grain dry cereal:
- ex. Cheerios,
- Cascadian Farm Multi Grain Squares
- 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
- 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.
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)
Please Try Not to Send These
candy, donuts, fried chips, store bought/pre-packaged brownies/muffins/sweets