Snacking between regular meals can be a great source for providing extra
calories for growing children. It is important for parents
and caregivers to regulate whether a child's snacking is nourishing
their bodies for necessary day to day activity or if those snacks are
becoming a source of excess calories and in turn contributing to weight gain
and childhood obesity.
can be answered by paying close attention to where children are snacking
and what snacks they are choosing to eat throughout the day. If a child is
not interested in eating during mealtimes or not eating as much
as usual, this could be a sign that they are snacking inappropriately.
With normal breakfast and lunch consumption, school age children should need
nothing more than one mid-morning/mid-afternoon milk or snack to
provide them with the energy they need during the school day.
should be given at least 2 hours prior to lunch so it does not
interfere with the children’s meals.
Avoid snacks that are high in calories, fat, and sugar.
Food Service Department has provided the new guidelines for School Day Snacks. These guidelines include "food" snacks
served at schools, birthday treats, and school day celebrations. The Food
Service Department also provided School Day Snack Suggestions for families who wish to send food with their child for
their school day snack.