Healthy active kids need balanced snacks to grow and develop. As with any meal balance is key. Try to balance tasty options with healthy selections. Of course having items a from all four food groups is important.
Remember to bring the original packaging or cut out the ingredient labels for any pre-packaged foods or anything that may contain common allergens (Soy, Milk, Egg, Gluten/Wheat).
Here are a few suggestions that are easy and popular with kids. These are of course simply suggestions, get creative and have fun.
Vegetables and Fruit
- Kiwi – an affordable sweet treat, simple to skin and cut into slices.
- Strawberries or Blueberries – In season late in the summer local strawberries or blueberries make a great snack.
- Raspberries or Blackberries – Sweet full of flavour and bite sized for tots.
- Seedless Grapes – Juicy and bite size, can be cut in half or quarters for the smaller tots.
- Banana – A favourite for most kids – best cut just before serving.
- Pineapple – Cut into chunks, fresh cut pineapple is sweet with just a hint of tartness.
- Carrot sticks/Baby Carrots, Celery Sticks, Cucumber, Cherry Tomatoes – serve with Ranch Dressing, Spinach Dip or Hummus for extra flavour.
- Bell Peppers – Sweet red peppers, green or orange peppers are great alone or with a dip.
We ask that if you bring any pre-packaged foods (crackers, cookies, pepperoni etc.) that you either bring the food in it’s original package or bring the ingredients listing so parents/caregivers of children with food allergies may make an informed decision.
Our facility is a nut free zone. All snacks must be nut free
- Naan Bread or Pita bread – sliced into wedges go great on their own or with Hummus or Spinach Dip.
- Crackers – Wheat Thins, Triscuits, Breton Minis, or Goldfish crackers are always a hit.
- Cookies – small cookies can be a great treat – please ensure if purchasing cookies that they are produced in a nut free facility.
- Rice Cakes/Snacks – A light snack alternative, often free of egg and nuts.
Milk and Alternatives
- Cheese cubes – Cheddar, Mozzarella or Marble cheeses are always popular with the kids.
Meat and Alternatives
- Pepperoni sticks (sliced) – a favourite of kids and parents alike. Goes well with crackers and cheese.
- Cooked Salami or Sausage – found in the deli department at the grocery store.
It is best to cut and prepare the fruits and veggies first and prepare any foods that may contain allergens (grains, cheese, meats) afterwards. Use clean cutlery for each new food particularly when handling any foods that contain allergens. Place any foods that may contain allergens in their own container or in their original package to avoid cross contamination with other foods.