Simple Snack Shortcuts for Parents

Preschool & Older

Busy families need the right fuel to keep them running all day long. But who has time to make nutritious snacks? Now you do with our easy tips! The best snacks combine a protein with one or two other food groups to keep tummies full and bodies energized. So ditch the junk and use our snack hacks to keep your little ones going strong! 

Snack station

Create a home snack station filled with healthy options in the pantry and refrigerator. Think fresh fruits, sliced veggies, string cheese, low-fat yogurt, individual servings of whole-grain crackers, cereal, nuts, natural applesauce, etc.

Snacks to go

Need to take a snack with you on the go? Use a paper or plastic cup and muffin tin liner for a double-decker, disposable snack container.

Repurposed pancakes

Next time you whip up a batch of pancakes or waffles (whole wheat, of course), make a few extra and freeze. For a quick snack, just toast them and add nut butter, plus grape halves for a PB&G! Or sub banana slices for the grapes to make a PB&B!

Reimagined pasta

Got a little leftover whole-wheat pasta? Add a drizzle of Italian dressing and a sprinkle of part-skim mozzarella cheese, plus your family's favorite cut-up veggies (cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers, broccoli, carrots, etc.) for a quick and nutritious pasta salad. 

Chicken power snack

Want to stretch your leftover baked chicken dinner into tomorrow's power snack? Just add veggies and a whole-wheat dinner roll (or slice of bread, tortilla or pita) for a satisfying snack-size sandwich.

Chef's snack-able salad

What to do with that last lonely slice of lunch meat ... give it a slice, then add lettuce, tomato, a hard-boiled egg, cheese, a drizzle of dressing and voilà! It's a chef's salad!

Easy to make trail mix

Don't let that last handful of cereal or crackers go to waste. Just add whole grain crackers (or cereal), dried fruits and nuts for some delicious trail mix!