Healthy eating and physical activity solutions for kids

Snack Attack

Without a good snack attack plan, it is easy for snacking to become a nibbling marathon and cure for boredom. Snacks won’t cure boredom, but with a good snack attack plan they can take the edge off hunger before meals and be a part of a healthy balanced day.

Snack Attack

Snack Attack Summer Activity

Get kids fixing their own healthy snacks during summer youth programming! Try this Balance My Day nutrition curriculum Taste and Learn recipe,Yummy Fruit Combo. Let kids assist with recipe preparation as age, ability and numbers allow.

Makes: 8 (1 peach half) servings or 32 (1/4 peach half) tasting samples

8 (packed in juice) canned peach halves (3-15 oz. cans)
3-4 oz. fat-free vanilla pudding cups
1-1/2 c. fresh green grapes, rinsed and finely chopped ahead of time and put in bowl

  • In advance, chill peaches, grapes and pudding. Participants need to wash hands thoroughly with soap and water.
  • Open canned peaches and using a slotted spoon drain, then place a peach half, cut side up, on 8 disposable dessert plates.
  • Open pudding cups and measure 1 Tbsp. of pudding on each peach half. Measure and place 1-1/2 tsp. of chopped grapes on each peach half.
  • Serve 8 servings with a disposable fork; or cut each peach half into quarters for tasting samples, place on plates and serve.
  • Clean up work area and utensils.

Also, find downloadable Taste and Learn recipes modified for home use.

Help Kids Pick Healthy Snacks at the Grocery Store

Sit down with your kids and talk about healthy snack choices for home like: fruits, veggies, low fat cheese, yogurt and milk; whole grain crackers, bread and popcorn; lean meats and beans.

  • Make out a grocery list with them of healthy snacks they would eat.
  • Take your kids to the grocery store to help choose those snacks and also have them look at Nutrition Facts labels on pre-packaged snack options.
  • Compare the fat and/or sugar amounts per serving in various pre-packaged snack choices.
  • Purchase those snacks with the lower fat and/or sugar amounts.
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