Healthy Snack Menus
For Site Leaders and Staff
Creating a healthy menu is an important part of serving healthier foods and beverages.
Some important points to consider when making the menu are…
1. Make a 2 week menu and rotate this throughout the year
2. Reduce cost by not purchasing beverages – serve WATER!
3. Purchase foods every 2 weeks – fruits, like apples and bananas, will stay fresh for 1 (bananas) to 2 weeks (apples) at room temperature
See the examples below for what a healthy menu could look like and a list of foods and beverages to serve.
Fresh, Dried, or Canned in Own Juice
Apples, Bananas, Grapes, Sliced Oranges
Raisins, Banana Chips, Apple Rings
Fruit Cups, Pinnaple, Peaches all in their own juice (NOT syrup or light syrup)
Fresh, Frozen or Canned
Baby Carrots, Celery Sticks, Broccoli Florets, Sliced Peppers
Vegetable Mixtures, Peas
Green Beans, Peas, Carrots, Vegetable Mixtures
When providing grains, all grain foods are whole grains, determined by the first word listed in the ingredient listed contains the word “whole” (e.g., whole wheat, whole oats, whole-grain flour, whole brown rice).
Cheese Sticks, Plain Low-Fat Milk, Plain Yogurt
Salsa, Peanut Butter, Low-Fat Ranch, Hummus
Keep it simple and cheap, just serve WATER