Snacks for Kids

A tip from the YMCA Raising Healthy Kids Day by Day

I know we are well into the New Year but why not start now and serve fun healthy meals and snacks?

Think about making healthy snacks to keep you feeling energized all day long:

  • Try and eat one piece of fresh fruit today.
  • See if you can make it to 5 servings every day this week.
  • Cut up an apple or pear or try a whole-grain oatmeal granola bar.

To add a sense of fun, create a snack envelope to hang on your refrigerator. Inside the envelope include five pieces of paper. On one paper, write fruit. On another, write raw vegetables. On the other three, write: kid’s choice, dairy, or grain. When it’s snack time, have your kids choose one piece of paper to so they know what snacks to grab for proper energizing. Keep the chosen paper and do not allow your child to choose it again until all five have been chosen for snack times. This may help eliminate arguments about suitable snacks which also increasing the variety of foods your child eats.  

As the Active Y Kids supervisor I run programs out of 4 schools each week. At the end of the weekly session I hand out healthy recipes.  A recent recipe was for a lunch wrap. This was a big hit with many kids bringing wraps in their lunch instead of a sandwich.  A simple change can make a world of difference when it comes to increasing the appeal of a child’s lunch and snack.  

Lunch Wrap Recipe


  • 1 (10 inch) whole-wheat flour tortillas
  •  1/2 Tbs of cream cheese
  •  1 leaf Romaine lettuce
  •  3 ounces of lean deli-style turkey
  •  1/3 cups shredded carrots
  •  1/2 cups chopped tomatoes

This is a quick and easy recipe that your child can make by themself or with little guidance.