Snacks help kids stay energized throughout the day.

Try to offer snacks made up of healthy foods like fruits and vegetables, whole grains, or low fat dairy most of the time.

In general, younger children need a mid-morning and mid-afternoon snack. Older children and adolescents may need fewer or more snacks depending on their age and how active they are.

Check out some quick and healthy snacks ideas to give your kids.

Snack OptionsTips
Whole wheat crackers (5-6) with sliced cheese (1 ounce)Look for crackers with 3 grams or more of fiber. Look for reduced fat cheese.
Low fat/light yogurt or Low fat cottage cheese with fresh fruitLook for plain or light yogurt/ cottage cheese. Mix into yogurt sliced strawberries, banana, blueberries or other favorite fruit.
Whole wheat pretzels (12, small) dipped in peanut butter (2 Tablespoons)Try all-natural peanut butter. Once open, stir well to mix in the oil and keep refrigerated.
Raw vegetables dipped in low fat dressing or hummusHummus is a dip made of chickpeas, sesame seed paste, olive oil, garlic, lemon, and other spices.
Celery with peanut butter 
Baby carrots and hummusUse the hummus as a dip for the baby carrots.
Air-popped popcorn (2-3 cups) sprinkled with parmesan cheese 
Whole grain granola bar and fruitChoose a brand of granola bars that are whole grain with 3 grams or more fiber per bar (for example, Kashi® brand)
Turkey and cheese roll-ups (2)Roll up 1 slice of deli turkey meat with 1 slice of reduced fat cheese

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This information is provided by the Department of Public Health.