After-school snacking is important to help meet the energy needs of children. Snacks are also great ways to help boost fruit and vegetable intake. QMG Registered Dietitian Brittany Winship shared that pairing two food groups when providing snacks helps keep hunger at bay. Below are five quick and easy examples that include a fruit or vegetable.
- Baked tortilla chips with salsa (grain + vegetable)
- Grapes and cheese cubes (fruit + calcium/protein)
- Hummus with baby carrots (protein + vegetable)
- Popcorn and dried cranberries (grain + fruit)
- Cottage cheese and cucumber slices (protein/calcium + vegetable)