Getting back to school is all about learning new routines. There’s no better time to develop healthier snacking habits. Packaged snack foods can be an easy, convenient choice for after school, but often provide too many added calories and not enough nutrition. Keeping healthier snacks handy will make it easier for kids to eat well when they come home hungry. Snacks don’t have to be complicated! A snack can be something like ½ sandwich, cheese and crackers, cheese and fruit, celery and peanut butter, ready to eat salad, or a bowl of soup. Almost anything can be a healthy snack if it is a small portion of a food that is low in added sugar, fat and salt. Here are some basic tips for making healthy snacks an easy choice for you and your kids:
For more healthy snack recipes and ideas, visit flsny.org or ChooseMyPlate.gov. Look for Finger Lakes Eat Smart New York nutrition educators at farmers markets, food pantries, and community events near you!
Finger Lakes Eat Smart NY is funded by USDA's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – SNAP. SNAP provides nutrition assistance to people with low income. To find out more, go to www.myBenefits.ny.gov or contact 1-800-342-3009. This institution is an equal opportunity provider.