My school has recently adopted the "no junk food" policy. We would like to open our own snack bar that offers healthy choices. However, I am having trouble finding a list of healthy snacks that follow nutritional guidelines. Can you help?
If I could create a Kids Running Healthy Snack Stand, this is what I would sell for 50 cents an item.
Lunch programs sell snacks to make money, and they often claim that they need to sell "junk food" to make a profit, but that's not true. Kids (and parents) will buy what you have available, and if it's healthy food, parents will be more apt to give kids snack money. So I'm hoping that this year, more and more schools, will run the healthy snack route to wellness.
1. THE MILE: Washed whole fresh fruit-all kinds.
2. RELAY RACE: Fruit cut-ups with small containers of "spreadables" (no trans peanut butter or low-fat yogurt dip).
3. BICYCLE WHEELS: Bananas wheels or kiwifruit slices, sprinkled with cinnamon.
4. CROSS-COUNTRY: Veggie pieces with small containers of low-fat dip or no trans fatty acid peanut butter.
5. PING-PONG: Grape tomatoes.
6. HOP, SKIP, and JUMP: Baby carrots.
7. YOGA: Pretzels (small pack).
8. POTATO SACK RELAY: Salty Chips (small pack made with only canola oil or healthy fat).
9. GRANDMA'S COOKIE JAR: Healthy oatmeal cookies, made with a reduced amount of canola oil (no butter or shortening) and reduced amount of sugar.
10. SQUIRREL SCAMPER: Small bags of nuts, or sunflower seeds.
11. SKI TRIP: Low-fat yogurt pops.
12. a TISKET, a TASKET: Small bags of Triscuits.
13. HOW NOW BROWN COW: Low-fat cheese and whole-wheat crackers.
14. GARDEN TOOLS: Low-fat cheese and veggies or fruit.
15. EARLY MORNING RUN: Whole-wheat mini-muffins, with a little wheat germ or flax seed.
16. RUNNING IN THE WOODS: Trail mix.
17. BASKING IN THE SUN: Dried fruit.
18. SWIMMING: Anchovies, sardines, or oysters on crackers.
19. MEXICAN HAT DANCE: Guacamole dip and 5 chips.
20. MUD WRESTLING: Low-fat, low-sugar pudding.
21. TRAMPOLINE: Air-popped pop corn.
22. SCOOTER WHEELS: Salted cucumber slices.
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