What to bring for snack

wcp-pizza-dayThe following is an excerpt  from the generic cooperative preschool handbook regarding what to bring to snack.  It is provided as a general reference for snack ideas.  Please note that at the time of this writing Westside Cooperative Preschool has a NO PEANUTS policy.


A healthy snack in the middle of the preschool session is important for young children. Most preschool children need snacks between meals to have enough energy and to grow. Some children are too busy or excited to eat a good meal before school and may be very hungry by snack time.  Think of the preschool snack as an important part of the children’s diet, meeting part of their daily nutritional needs, rather than a time for treats. Snack will be healthy if it contains a small serving from each of these food groups:

Carbohydrates
Whole grains are most
nutritious.
 Fruits & Vegetables Proteins
Bagels
Biscuits
Bread sticks
Cheerios or Chex cereals
Corn bread
Crackers
English muffins
French Toast – made at school
Granola
Granola bars (low sugar)
Muffins (reduce sugar)
Pancakes – made at school
Pretzels
Rice cakes or rice bites
Toast
Tortillas
Waffles
Apple or Pear Wedges or wheels
Applesauce
Apricot or Peach slices
Banana chunks or halves
Berries or Cherries
Carrot curls or sticks
Cherry tomatoes
Cucumber slices or sticks
Cauliflowerettes
Dried fruits: raisins, bananas, apple
Frozen popsicles (100% fruit)
Fruit juice (100% real fruit)
Grapes (halves for 2-year-olds)
Kiwi
Melon cubes or wedges
Orange wedges or wheels
Plums
Milk
Bean dip
Cheese chunks
(cheddar, jack)
Cottage cheese dip
Fruit juice gelatin
Fruit smoothies
(fruit + milk or yogurt)
Hard boiled eggs
Mixed nuts and raisins
Almond butter (spread
thin to prevent choking)
String cheese
Yogurt dressing
for fruit salad

EXAMPLES:

  • Whole grain cracker, apple wedges and cheese cubes
  • English muffin cheese pizza, carrot sticks
  • Homemade popsicles made from orange juice and banana and milk, crackers
  • Banana smoothie and cheerios
  • Bagel with cream cheese thinned with milk, peach slices
Please notice if any food allergies are posted for children in your class. Avoid foods that can cause choking. Foods such as nuts, popcorn, carrot rounds, and thick peanut butter should not be served in our youngest classes.Please avoid foods that are high in sugar such as pop, cupcakes, cookies, candy or chocolate. Please avoid foods that are high in fat and salt such as chips or foods that need continual refrigeration such as custards or meats.