Snack Time Success

Snacks 4 min

Supporting healthy eating in children

By DFC - PLC, Nutrition Team
young boy and girl eating a snack at a child care center


  • Snack time tips for educators
  • Filling and healthy snacks

Fuelling Active Growing Bodies

Snacks are an important bridge between mealtimes. Young children have high energy needs and small stomachs and may have trouble eating a lot at one time. Schedule snacks halfway between meals and keep timing consistent so children know when they will eat next.

Communicate what snack will be served so children know what to expect and can get excited. Provide enough time for children to transition from play to table whether your centre offers open or group snack times.

Use your creativity to keep snack times exciting!

Mini Meals 2 Foods     
  • Grilled cheese sandwich with sliced apple*
  • Whole grain cereal, sliced banana and milk
  • Yogurt parfaits with berries and oats*
  • Cucumber and cheese tortilla roll up
  • English muffin pizza
  • Peach slices and cottage cheese
  • Smoothie made with milk and fruit
  • Whole wheat pita bread and hummus
  • Broccoli with a yogurt dip*
  • Whole grain crackers and cheese slices*

*Be aware that crunchy vegetables, whole berries, apple slices and hard crackers are a choking risk for children under the age of 4.

Each Child is Unique, Even their Appetite

Allow children to decide if they would like to try the snack and how much they would like to eat. After all, they’re the only ones who can tell if they’re hungry or not. For example, children who had a filling breakfast may not be very hungry for their morning snack.

Check out our Blueberry Skyscraper recipe for a for a fun and delicious snack activity.


Early Childhood

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