Parent Handbook: Food Handling & Healthy Snacks

Food Handling Guidelines

  1. Wash hands thoroughly with warm water and soap before handling food or drink.
  2. Set-out placemats (with the aid of child).
  3. Set up table(s) with snacks, cups, napkins, and containers of juice/water/milk.
  4. After children have said thanks, serve beverage and snack. Please use gloves when handling unwrapped food. Serve in individual containers (not family style) to prevent children from touching each other’s food.
  5. Juice needs to be 100% Real Fruit Juice and needs to be brought in an unopened container or to be mixed at school from a concentrate.

Healthy Snack Suggestions

Snack time for children is much more than a chance to refuel! It provides active children with necessary nutrients and a chance to try new foods. Snack time is also a time to be sociable with friends and practice using good manners.

As a cooperative parent you will take turns bringing snack, as Parent #1. When food is brought from home it must be stored at correct temperatures before consumed, if needed. Cold foods can be kept refrigerated on ice in a cooler, and hot foods will be cooked to the proper temperatures and served immediately. We have a kitchen in the school, but not always refrigerator space.

Snacks do not have to be a big production, nor are they intended to be a full meal. The list below contains just a few suggestions for snacks. Try combining items such as peanut butter with tortillas and slices of apple. When possible, look for low sodium, low saturated fats, and low sugar content.

Snacks served at school should be nutritious. It’s not too early to practice eating foods good for our bodies! Here are a few suggestions for snacks appropriate for school. Involve your child in selecting foods when you’re the snack parent. It’s also fun if you can coordinate the snack with our themes (for example: cherries on red day or pumpkin muffins during pumpkin week).

Bread & Grains:

  • Toast
  • Pasta
  • Unsweetened cereal
  • Tortillas
  • Muffins
  • Bagels
  • Mini muffins low in sugar and fat
  • Breadsticks
  • Mini bagels with cream cheese
  • Rice cakes with spread
  • Crackers and spread
  • Pretzels
  • Rolled tortillas with PBJ and cut in pieces
Protein & Dairy:

  • Yogurt
  • Cheese
  • Cottage cheese
  • Peanut butter (check your class for allergies)
  • Milk (regular, soy or chocolate)
  • Cream cheese
  • Eggs
  • Sour cream
  • Cheese: cubes, grated, sticks, string
Any Vegetables or Fruits

  • Fruit kabobs with cheese
  • Celery with peanut butter or cheese spread
  • Apples with peanut butter
  • Fresh fruit: kiwi, pineapple, banana, halved grapes, strawberries, pears, or-anges, watermelon.
  • Dried fruit: i.e. apricots, pineapple, pear, etc.
  • Raw veggies, Pickles, Olives, etc…
  • Applesauce

Avoid any foods that might be a choking hazard, like whole grapes, popcorn, celery and raw carrot. Also remember to check with your class rep for known food allergies in your class.

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