September 23, 2013 | Posted in:Babies and Kids, Eating Well, Nutritious Recipes

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Are you looking for a healthy snack list for preschool or daycare? My son started going to a 2 day/week preschool that we absolutely love.  Like many programs, the kids eat snack together and the snack is provided by the school.   A parent brings the class’s assigned snack in every day and the snack is assigned off of a mandatory, master list created by the school.

I cringed when I saw the master class.  It contained items like mini muffins, cheez its and cinnamon bread.  Overall, there were many processed foods and refined grains in the list, along with fruits, vegetables and cheese.

Healthy Preschool Snack List for Classwide Snacks. Great for daycares as well. Built to be simple for parents/teachers and age-appropriate for toddlers and young preschoolers.

Healthy Preschool Snack List for Classwide snacks. Great for daycares as well. Built to be simple for parents/teachers and age-appropriate for toddlers and young preschoolers.

I quickly volunteered my services to help remake the snack list into a Healthy Preschool Snack List.  My goal was to decrease the amount of processed foods on the list.  I’m really happy with what we came up with.  I’ve had many friends and parents ask me for a copy of the list, so here it is.

The school had the following requirements:

1.  All foods must be store bought and require little to no preparation.
2.  No peanut products or nut products of any kind.
3.  No choking hazards, as defined by rules governing child care centers  and preschools in Virginia.  So, you will see that some of my favorite finger foods are missing (IE, baby carrots and popcorn).

The snack list below is a compromise between health and practicality.  It will not meet everyone’s nutritional perspective (i.e. gluten free, dairy free, only raw dairy, paleo, etc.) but nothing ever will in a school environment.  This snack list is not meant to treat or address any medical condition.  I initially had some snacks with Ezekiel bread, but Ezekiel bread is best served warmed and the school did not have the resources to do that.

You’ll find I don’t include bagels, english muffins or bread products.  The variabilkty in bread quality is too high to make it an easy choice.  Many brands have high fructose corn syrup, atificial preservatives and more.  I didn’t want parents to have to go picking through nutrition labels to find acceptable bread products.  Plus, I believe most children have bread products for breakfast before school.

Some items may repeat on this list and the quantities are meant to reflect the size of the class at our particular school.

Healthy Snack List for Preschool and Daycare

Many notes contain information about gluten – our school has a few students who are severely gluten intolerant, so I provided the information to assist their parents.

Item Recommended/Preferred Brands Cost Per Item (based off local
grocery store)
Total Cost Serving Suggestions/Notes
12 Pears and 36 Whole Milk Cheese Sticks Cheese Sticks Available at Kroger:
-Horizon Organic Cheese Sticks
– Sargento Sharp Cheddar Cheese Sticks
– Sargento Colby Jack Cheese Sticks
PLEASE: NO LOW FAT OR REDUCED FAT PRODUCTS
Pears: $1.50/lb –approximately 6 lbs.
Cheese Sticks:Horizon Organic: 4.99/8 sticks
Sargento: 3.99/12 Sticks
$12-$16 This is A Gluten Free Snack if Horizon Organic Brand is Purchased, although Horizon says their products are safe for consumption by most people with gluten allergies.
36 Plain Rice Cakes and 6 Avocados Rice Cakes Available at Kroger:
– Lundberg Family Farms Organic Rice Cakes, Lightly Salted: Original or Wild Rice.
– Quaker Original Flavor Rice Cakes
PLEASE: NO FLAVORED RICE CAKES
Rice Cakes:
Lunderberg Family Farms: $3.99Avocados: Organic $.99/Each
Regular Pack of 4 – $3.99
~$10 Mash avocado with a fork and spread on rice cakes, or allow children to dip.This is a gluten free snack if the Lundberg Family Farms Organic Rice Cakes are served.
2 Large Containers of Plain, Whole Milk Yogurt
and
2 Large Containers of Grapes, Cut Into Halves
Yogurts Available at Kroger:
– Dannon All Natural Plain Whole Milk Yogurt
– Mountain High All Natural Plain Whole Milk Yogurt- Greek Gods Plain Whole Milk Greek Yogurt
– Stonyfield Organic Plain Whole Milk Yogurt
Yogurts:
Dannon: $3.99/Container
Greek Gods:
Stonyfield: $4.99/ContainerGrapes:
$1.69/lb at approximately 6 lbs.
$10-$12 Mix grapes into yogurt or serve separately.This is a gluten free snack.
12 Oranges and 2 Containers of Cottage Cheese Cottage Cheeses Available at Kroger
  Horizon Organic Cottage Cheese
– Kroger Brand Cottage Cheese, 4% Milk Fat
– Daisy Brand Cottage Cheese, 4% Milkfat
PLEASE: NO COTTAGE CHEESE WITH FRUIT ADDED
Cottage Cheeses:
Kroger Brand: $3.99/Container Horizon Organic
2.79/Container
Daisy Brand: $3.39/ContainerOranges
Organic:
$5.29/3 lb Bag (~12 small oranges)Nonorganic:
$4.49/3 lb Bag (~8 large oranges)
$12-$14 Mix oranges into cottage cheese or serve separately.
1 Large Container Plain Hummus and 2 lbs Baby Carrots Sabra Classic Hummus Hummus: ~$3.99Carrots:
1 lb Bag Organic Carrots by Simple Truth – $1.69/each2 lb bag by BunnyLuv: $3.19
~$8 This is gluten free snack.  Sabra hummus contains <20 ppm gluten.
1 Loaf of Whole Grain Bread and 1 Jar of Sun Butter Sunbutter Brands Available at Kroger:
-Sunbutter Brand Organic Unsweetened Sun Butter
Sunbutter Brands Available at Kroger:
Organic SunbutterAvailable at Amazon.com:
Swanson Health Products 100% SunbutterPLEASE: NO SUN BUTTER WITH ADDED SUGAR, CANE SUGAR, CANE SYRUP, GRANULATED SUGAR, HONEY, AGAVE OR OTHER SWEETENERS.
Ezekiel Bread: $5.99/LoafSun Butter: $6.49/jar ~$13 Sun butter is made from sunflower seeds.  It can be found in the natural section at Kroger.  Please do not purchase the natural kind of sun butter, as it contains added sugar.
2 Medium Size ripe Cantaloupes OR sub whole grain chex mix cereal
2 Large Containers of Plain, Whole Milk Yogurt
Yogurts Available at Kroger:
– Dannon All Natural Plain Whole Milk Yogurt
– Mountain High All Natural Plain Whole Milk Yogurt- Greek Gods Plain Whole Milk Greek Yogurt
– Stonyfield Organic Plain Whole Milk Yogurt
Cantaloupes:
~$2.50 – ~3 each.Yogurts:
Dannon: $3.99/Container
Greek Gods:
Stonyfield: $4.99/ContainerGrapes:
$1.69/lb at approximately 6 lbs.
$13-$15 This is a gluten free snack.
2 Large Containers of Strawberries
and 2 Containers of Plain Cottage Cheese
COTTAGE CHEESE BRANDS AVAILABLE AT KROGER:
– Horizon Organic Cottage Cheese
– Kroger Brand Cottage Cheese, 4% Milk Fat
– Daisy Brand Cottage Cheese, 4% Milkfat
PLEASE: NO COTTAGE CHEESE WITH FRUIT ADDED
Cottage Cheese:  Kroger Brand: $3.99/Container Horizon Organic
2.79/Container
Daisy Brand: $3.39/Container
Strawberries:  Regular Strawberries: $2.99/Container
Organic Strawberries:
$3.99/Container
This is a Gluten Free Snack if Horizon Organic Brand is Purchased, although Horizon says their products are safe for consumption by most people with gluten allergies.
12 Bananas and 1 Jar of Sun Butter Sunbutter Brands Available at Kroger:
-Sunbutter Brand Organic Unsweetened Sun Butter
Sunbutter Brands Available at Amazon.com:
Swanson Health Products 100% SunbutterPLEASE: NO SUN BUTTER WITH ADDED SUGAR, CANE SUGAR, CANE SYRUP, GRANULATED SUGAR, HONEY, AGAVE OR OTHER SWEETENERS.
Bananas:  $.69/each at 6 lbsSun Butter: $6.49/Jar ~$11 Sun butter is made from sunflower seeds.  It can be found in the natural section at Kroger.Serve the sunbutter spread on the bananas.This is A gluten free snack.
12 Apples and 2 Large Blocks of Whole Milk Cheddar Cheese No specifically recommended brands. Apples:
Organic 3 lb Bag $5.49/bagNonorganic 3 lb bag: $3.57Cheddar Cheese:  ~3.99/Block
$11-$13
6 Cucumbers and 1 Container of Plain Hummus Sabra Classic Hummus

Hummus: $3.99/eachCucumbers:  .75/each ~$11 This is a gluten free snack.  Sabra hummus contains <20 ppm gluten.
1 Box Plain Shredded Wheat and 2 Containers Whole Milk Yogurt -Mom’s Best Cereals’ Toasted Wheat-Fuls- Post Shredded Wheat Shredded Wheat:  Mom’s Best, $3.09/Package
Post Shredded Wheat,
$3.99/BoxYogurt:
Dannon: $3.99/Container
Greek Gods:
Stonyfield: $4.99/Container
$11-$14 Eat separately or use yogurt as a dip.Soak shredded wheat in yogurt for a few minutes to soften it.
2 Containers Cottage Cheese and 2 Packages Celery Sticks. 1 small pack raisins. COTTAGE CHEESE BRANDS AVAILABLE AT KROGER:
– Horizon Organic Cottage Cheese
– Kroger Brand Cottage Cheese, 4% Milk Fat
– Daisy Brand Cottage Cheese, 4% Milkfat
PLEASE: NO COTTAGE CHEESE WITH FRUIT ADDED
Cottage Cheese:
Kroger Brand: $3.99/Container Horizon Organic
2.79/Container
Daisy Brand: $3.39/ContainerCelery:
Celery Hearts $2.49/bag
~$10-$13
1 Can Chickpeas and 12 Bananas CHICKPEA BRANDS AVAILABLE AT KROGER:
– Simple Truth
Chickpeas:
Simple Truth
$1.29/CanBananas:  $.69/each at 6 lbs
~$6 Served chickpeas and bananas separately, or stack the chickpeas on slices of banana.This is a gluten free snack
2 Containers Cherry or Grape Tomatoes, Chopped in Half and 12 Cheese Sticks Cheese Sticks Available at Kroger:
-Horizon Organic Cheese Sticks
– Sargento Sharp Cheddar Cheese Sticks
– Sargento Colby Jack Cheese Sticks
PLEASE: NO NON FAT, LOW FAT OR 2% CHEESE
Cheese Sticks:Horizon Organic:
Sargento: 3.99/12 SticksTomatoes:
10 oz grape, $2.99
20 oz grape, $3.99
10.5 Oz Cherry, $3.49Organic Cherry, $3.99
~$10 This is a gluten free snack.

Healthy Snack List for Preschool and Daycare

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