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Reduce waste from pre-packaged products by making and carrying your own snacks! Other ideas to make your snacks more sustainable include:
  • Knowing where your ingredients come from and choosing seasonally appropriate food
  • Reusing any containers that ingredients for snack foods come in
  • Recycling or composting any unusable material. Compost provides nutrients for your garden's soil, and eliminates excess waste from landfills. Learn more about composting here.

Try Our Year-Round Healthy Snack Ideas

  • apple-sauce-imageWhole wheat crackers with cheddar cheese chunks
  • Graham crackers with peanut butter (all natural, even better!)
  • Low-fat yogurt (purchase large containers and pack the right amount for your child)
  • Whole wheat pretzels
  • Popcorn (light or homemade)
  • Baby carrots with hummus or ranch dressing
  • Celery with peanut butter and raisins (ants on a log!)
  • Salsa and whole grain chips

Edamame Soybeans
This simple snack provides a good source of protein and is low in fat. The beans come in a pod, found in a bag in your grocer's frozen vegetable section. Once defrosted, they can be eaten right out of the pod, or heated up in a microwave. One bag can provide up to 10 snack sized portions for a low cost per serving.

* Have a simple practice trial to ensure that your child can open the pod and knows not to consume it.

Seasonal Guide to Healthy Snacks From the Garden

Summer

Fruit kabobs: Seasonal berries (blueberries, strawberries, blackberries) make a colorful and fun snack!Arrange the fruit on the kebob, add blocks of cheese or refreshing vegetables (i.e. cucumber slices) for even more variety and health benefits!

Freezer Pops: make your own version of the store-bought popsicles by blending fruits (peaches, berries, bananas) and pouring the liquid into a popsicle mold or ice tray with wooden popsicle sticks.

  • vitamins & minerals
  • great summer snack
  • no added sugar

Frozen GrapesPears & Cheese: Wash and slice pears. Slice thin layers of cheese and wrap pear slices with cheese.

Frozen Grapes: Wash grapes and take off stems. Place grapes on a plate and put in freezer. You can also stick toothpicks in the grapes before putting into the freezer to make mini popsicles.

Sunburst Melon: Cut melon into 4 quarters and scoop out seeds. Fill the inside "cup" with fruit salad or tuna salad (mix canned tuna with celery and yogurt). Serve in a bowl with a spoon to scoop out the filling and melon!

Pomegranate Yogurt Dip: Cut pomegranate and place seeds in a separate bowl. Mix 2 cups of low fat vanilla yogurt with 1/4 cup pomegranate juice, then stir in pomegranate seeds. Dip fruit slices, carrots or pretzel sticks in the dip!

Fall

Applesauce with a Cinnamon Swirl: Buy the large jars of applesauce instead of the individually packaged ones.  Look for jars that say "no added sugar" and add ground cinnamon for extra sweetness and flavor. (Applesauce also makes a great no fat substitute for oils when baking!) Once the large jars are empty, you can use them for food leftovers, desk storage for pencils and pens, or an art project for the kids!

  • vitamins & minerals
  • cinnamon = great antioxidantSweet Potato
  • no fat

Apple Dunks (in Yogurt): Wash apples and slice them. Place around edges of a plate with a large scoop of yogurt in the middle. Kids can add raisins, nuts, whole grain cereal, oats, or cinnamon to the yogurt for more variation.  

  • vitamins & minerals
  • calcium
  • low fat

Sweet Potato Chips: Pre-heat oven to 450º and wash potatoes thoroughly while oven is heating. Keep the skins on the potatoes for added nutrition. Cut the potatoes into thin slices about 1/4" thick. Arrange slices on a cookie sheet and spray with cooking oil. You can lightly season the chips with salt and pepper, or leave them natural. Cook chips for about 10 minutes, then flip them and cook for 10 more minutes. Cook until crispy. Once cooled they are ready to eat!

  • vitamin A
  • low fat


Pumpkin SeedsPumpkin seeds & spices: After you're done carving a pumpkin for Halloween, you don't have to throw out all the gook that was inside--you can eat some of it! The seeds inside a pumpkin and other squash can be baked, and they are full of nutrients and healthy fats. Once the stringy insides of the pumpkin have been removed, fish out the seeds and place in a bowl. Wash off the excess slime and spread out the seeds on a cookie sheet. Pre-heat the oven to 350º and spray the seeds with cooking oil. Bake for 15 minutes, turning them over once to cook evenly. Seeds are done when they start start to turn brown and crunchy.  Wait for the seeds to cool, then serve!

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