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Healthy Snacks

Healthy Snack Ideas

Teens often need snacks to help them get enough calories (energy) throughout the day. Choosing healthy snacks that add nutrients, like vitamins and minerals, to their diets is essential. Smart snacking is a great way to meet daily nutrient requirements that may be missed at meal times.

Snacking Tips for Parents

  • Plan ahead and buy healthy snacks when you shop. You will save money and make healthier choices than if you or your kids are buying snacks on the go.
  • Provide kids with choices and make those choices nutritious.
  • Pre-portion you child's snacks into small plastic bags to grab on the go.
  • Combine snacks from at least two food groups to pack more nutrients into your child's diet... it will be more filling and it will hold them over to the next meal.
  • And remember... space snacks far enough between meals so appetites are not spoiled!

Fruits and vegetables make the best Snacks

Fruits and vegetables should make up a large portion of your diet - at least five to nine servings every day. They're low in calories and high in vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals and fiber


Teens in the Kitchen

Teens can "Cook up Good Nutrition" by participating in the meal preparation process...everything from shopping in the grocery store, to meal planning and preparation in the kitchen.

Getting involved in the kitchen is fun! There are plenty of fun ways to liven up snack time using healthy fruits, vegetables and cheeses.

Get involved and learn about good nutrition and healthy eating. Learn about the benefits of eating more fruits and vegetables. Learn how to avoid foods with empty calories, foods with no nutrition value.



Two Simple Steps to Delicious and Nutritious Snacks
Katie-Jeffery-Lunn, MS, RD, CDN, LDN

Healthy, Fun Snacks and Desserts for the Whole Family
Reyna Franco, MS, RD, CDN

Healthy, Tasty and Creative Snacks for Kids
Katie-Jeffery-Lunn, MS, RD, CDN, LDN