Every year we face a snack conundrum around classroom snacks and birthday treats. Our kids want to bring “fun” treats like frosted cupcakes and doughnuts, while we struggle between providing a healthy snack, pleasing our children, and let’s face it, finding the time.
This year I put together a list for our school of Healthier Classroom Snack Ideas. This list will always be a work in progress but it is a jumping off point and a place to turn when looking for something other than electric blue frosted cupcakes.
(Recipe for Out of the Box Food’s Mini Banana “Cupcakes” – Pictured above)
Healthy Birthday & Classroom Treat Ideas
- Apple slices tossed in cinnamon
- Cupcake Muffins (top muffins w/a little sour cream/yogurt “frosting”: mix yogurt w/a little powdered sugar, agave or honey)
- Home baked cookies (which you can control the sugar)
- Natural low-sugar granola bars
- Dark Chocolate “dipped” Strawberries (dip just the tip for a chocolate treat)
- Popcorn tossed w/ cinnamon
- Natural fruit leathers (fruit as the only ingredient)
- Dark Chocolate dipped pretzel rods
- Yogurt “Sundaes” – dollop Greek yogurt into plastic cups, sweeten w/honey & top w/nut-free granola & chopped fruit.
- Individual Edamame packs (Some markets carry fun cartoon character packs in freezer section)
- String cheese
- Watermelon slices
- Dried fruit (raisins, apricots, etc…)
- Unsweetened applesauce cups
- Strawberries, tangerines, grapes, cold pineapple spears
- Fruit & cheese kebabs
- Baked Tortilla chips with or without dips (hummus, salsa, etc.)
- Plain potato chips (potato, oil, salt)
- Low sugar Greek yogurt
- 100% fruit juice popsicles
- Roasted Seaweed Packages
- Pumpkin seeds
- Trail Mix (made w/ coconut, dried fruit, popcorn, sunflower and pumpkin seeds, dark chocolate chips, pretzel sticks, raisins, etc…No nuts please)
- Quick bread slices such as banana, zucchini or pumpkin
- “Pirate’s Booty” snacks
- Bagels topped w/cream cheese (mix chopped fruit into cream cheese for sweeter treat)
- Fresh cookie & individual milk cartons (not chocolate)
- Non-food treats such as pencils, erasers, stickers, etc.
*Rule of thumb: Avoid any processed foods containing the following ingredients: High fructose corn syrup, artificial colors, artificial sweeteners, frosting, high sugar content
Got ideas to add? Please share them with us in the comment field below! Until next week…
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