Nutrition Information, Snack Ideas


Please provide 1-2 "cooking experiences" per year. Ask other parents for snack ideas - there have been so many GREAT ones done at school! The rest of your nutritional commitment can be fulfilled with simple, “everyday snacks.” Anything from your cultural background is also appreciated – sharing a bit of yourself with the children is invaluable to their learning experience and to our community.

Cooking Experiences

  • Grilled Cheese
  • Pancakes, waffles (No syrup please – children can dip in spreadable fruit, lemon curd, applesauce or yogurt.)
  • Quesadillas
  • Smoothies
  • Juice bar with a variety of freshly squeezed fruits and vegetables
  • Sandwich Bar (unprocessed meats and whole grain breads please! Pita bread is great too!)
  • Muffins
  • Homemade granola Bars
  • "Energy Bites"
  • Soup Bar (chicken broth with toppings) 
  • Pasta Bar
  • Salad Bar
  • Baked Potato Bar
  • Applesauce
  • Pizza - on whole wheat english muffins, bagels or regular pizza crust!
  • “Ghost Toast”
  • Pasta with choices of sauce and or veggies
  • Popcorn
  • Make your own trail mix
  • Homemade granola (baked at school)
  • Apple Sandwiches (apple slices, seed butter, raisins etc.)
  • Oatmeal bar w/various toppings
  • Fresh squeezed orange juice 


Everyday Snacks

  • Fruits - in addition to apples and bananas, it's fun to try kiwi, pomegranates, mango, different colored grapes and more!
  • Vegetables - go beyond carrots! Try bell peppers, squash, broccoli, grape tomatoes and chart their favorites 
  • Bread
  • Crackers
  • Hummus (homemade can be a fun cooking experience!)
  • Cheese (Preferably other than string) – fun to do a cheese tasting where the children try different varieties of cheeses and then chart their preferences. This also can be done with different varieties of apples.
  • Yogurt - fun to provide food coloring in primary colors so children can choose two colors to mix and see what new color emerges!
  • Rice Cakes
  • Rice with veggies
  • Ants on a log