Snack Sense Shopping Guide
Fruits, vegetables, proteins, and grains are the building blocks of healthy bodies. Each day at snack, offer a fruit or veggie AND a protein or grain. Serving sizes are on the Nutrition Facts Label of packaged foods. In general, 1 medium fresh fruit or 1/2 cup of chopped or canned fruit counts as a serving. One serving of dried fruit is 1/4 cup. 1 cup of raw leafy veggies, or 1/2 cup of other vegetables is one serving. These are standard serving sizes, but children may eat more or less of a food based on individual needs.
Below are some examples of budget-friendly healthy options for fruits, veggies, proteins and grains that YMCAs are serving in their after school programs!
Canned fruit in 100% juice
Dried mixed fruit without added sugar
*Avoid fruit snacks, fruit leathers, roll-ups, and other synthetic "fruit".
Canned corn niblets
Colored pepper slices
* Avoid french fries and tater-tots.
Whole wheat bread
Whole wheat bagels
Whole Grain Goldfish crackers®
Whole wheat tortillas
Whole wheat English muffins
*Avoid! Whole grain foods with trans fats. Make sure trans fat is 0g. Do not buy anything with "partially hydrogenated" in the ingredient list.
Canned black beans
Hard boiled egg
*Nut allergies are a serious issue. Make sure no one is allergic before serving ANY products with nuts.