Snacks are an important part of every students day at school. It fuels their brain for all of the information they learn throughout the day and gives them the energy to make it through their busy day. Making sure our students and children have a nutritious snack is quite important, so here are some ideas in case you need to switch things up...
*Fruit (apples, grapes, berries, melons, pears, fruit cups, apple sauce, oranges, etc.)
*Vegetables (carrots, celery, pea pods, cucumbers, etc.)
*Crackers, meat, and cheese
*Yogurt (or you can try pairing yogurt with fruit or granola to make it more filling)
*Nuts (almonds and craisins, peanuts, trail mix, cashews, etc.)
*Cereal (dry cereal makes for a great snack)
*Apples and Peanut Butter or celery and peanut butter
*Pretzels and snack crackers
Many of these things come in snack sizes too, so they are quick and easy to throw in for those busy mornings at home!
Things to avoid:
*Whole bags of chips
*Cake, donuts, etc.
Being physically active outside of school is also very important. After being in school all day its important to make sure your child is getting some exercise at home. This can be as simple as playing with the dog outside, playing with their siblings or neighbors, riding bikes, jumping on the trampoline, playing tag, or running around the yard. There are also many different kinds of sports teams for young children through Chehalem Parks and Recreation if you are interested in something more structured.
Part of earning the National Healthy School Silver Award is eating healthy and staying active so keep doing your part and we will reach our goal!!