Healthy Snacks and Portion Size - Crescent City,CA

Updated on September 02, 2010
C.S. asks from Crescent City, CA
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My daughter will start kindergarden next week! She has to take a snack to school (will eat lunch at daycare after school, which gets out at noon).
We don't encourage processed foods at home, so I am wondering what are some healthy, natural, and fun snack ideas that are easy to prepare in the morning. Also, how much is a good snack portion for a 5 year old? My daughter is on the heavier side for her age and we are trying to monitor that for health reasons. She normally snacks at daycare and I prepare her snacks on the weekend, but I am thinking she may need more or less portion wise at school???

Can you tell this is my first to go to school? :) Thanks in advance!

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answers from Honolulu on

Cheese bits/chunks.
Multi grain crackers
Rice crackers
-Whole grain cereal, like "Kashi" cereal... and she can eat it without milk, just as a snack like a finger food. Its real good.

-There is also whole grain Pita Chips... which are real good. Probably Whole Foods has it. Its all natural, not processed. The brand is called "Stacy's." My kids love it too. Many grocery stores sell it too, which is where I buy mine.
Here's a link about it from Amazon and the reviews:

Try going to Whole Foods or any local natural food stores and they have TONS of good/healthy/natural snacks for kids and the whole family.

As for portioning:

This is also a GREAT place to look for ideas on home-lunches and healthy kinds:

all the best,

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answers from Medford on

My kids are 3 and 4 and go to daycare full time, so I have to pack 2 snacks and a lunch. I like to include a little protein to help keep their tummy full longer. I try to give them healthy foods, but I also want to give them food that they will willingly eat when I'm not there (I have picky eaters).

Here are some snack ideas my kids like:

piece of fruit (or 1/2 piece sliced up) + gogurt or yogurt
crackers + peanut butter
crackers + string cheese
yogurt + dry cereal (in a baggie)
raisins + peanuts

I'll also make zucchini or pumpkin muffins, using 1/2 of the oil it calls for and subbing the other half with applesauce.

My 4 year old is really into lunchables (sees other kids with them), which are so overly processed I can hardly stand to let him eat them. So I took the mini cookie cutters out of their playdough set and cut my own little circles out of healthier meat and cheese for him and he loves that.



answers from Seattle on

I just found this site called weelicious. She has some really good ideas for snacks. I am going to make the carrot stick snacks this weekend. Here is the link to the site.



answers from Chicago on

I used to send grapes with my daughter a lot in kindergarten. She also loves strawberries and watermelon. I cut up the berries & watermelon so she doesn't have to worry about seeds or stems. I usually put it in the snack size ziploc bag. They really didn't have a lot of time for snack so you probably don't need to send a lot.

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