Snack Attack!

Recognize added sugar and fat in foods as a step in making choices for healthy balance. Choose foods with added sugar and fat less often or in smaller amounts.


Snack BuildingDel Paso Manor Elementary kids build a healthy snack

Activity Idea: Holiday Veggie Pinwheels
Source: Adapted from Healthy Kids Challenge, Balance My Day curriculum, Grades K-2, Taste and Learn activity
Description: Kids make a veggie snack for healthy holiday balance. Recipe makes 8 wraps or 32 (1/4 wrap) tasting samples.
Grade: K-2
  • Clean kitchen utensils, cutting board, serving plates and forks
  • Recipe ingredients

8 medium (6-7" diameter) whole grain tortillas
8 oz. nonfat cream cheese
2-1/2 Tbsp. tomato paste
8 oz. bag grated low fat cheddar cheese
2 cups green peppers, chopped finely


  1. In advance, chill cream cheese and grated cheese in an ice chest or refrigerator.
  2. Wash hands with soap before handling food or utensils.
  3. Thoroughly rinse 2-3 green peppers and drain.
  4. Chop green peppers and set aside in a small bowl.
  5. Blend the cream cheese and tomato paste together in a medium mixing bowl. Set aside.
  6. Place a tortilla on the cutting board and spread 1 Tbsp. of the cream cheese mixture on top. Proceed to sprinkle 1/4 cup chopped green peppers and 1 Tbsp. grated cheese and roll up.
  7. Cut each veggie wrap into 4 tasting samples.
  8. Use a spatula to place the samples on small serving plates. Serve with a fork.
  9. Clean-up work area and utensils with warm soapy water.

Taste and Learn Activity

  1. Talk about the different "feel" (texture) of snack foods such as soft, crunchy, crispy and chewy.
  2. Ask kids to identify the texture of each veggie wrap ingredient.
  3. Explain that sometimes we choose certain foods because of how they feel in our mouth. Many crispy foods are fried, which means they are higher in fat than other foods. Regular potato chips are an example of a high fat crispy food.
  4. Ask kids if they can think of lower fat crispy foods as alternatives ( Examples: pretzels, baked chips, pita chips, baked tortilla chips, raw carrots and apple slices).
  5. Explain that these pinwheel's green peppers provide crispness. Ask what other veggies could be used with, or instead of, green peppers ( Ideas: grated carrots, fresh zucchini, fresh spinach leaves, chopped tomatoes and cucumber).

This activity is found on page 176 of the Balance My Day™ nutrition curriculum, Grades K-2. For more activity ideas like the one above, check out HKC resource materials. See the Online Store for descriptors and to view the Table of Content and booklet sample pages.