Let’s Move Pittsburgh hosted their first ever Symposium on November 7, 2013 at Phipps Conservatory. The title was “Making the Healthy Choice the Easy Choice.” I really liked that title because so much research shows that when you give children choices at the grocery store, during preparation and during meals – and those choices are healthy choices – kids will choose good-for-them-food.
I also learned from Let’s Move that the USDA is rolling out a new Smart Snacks in Schools program.
Healthy Snacks for Kids
I started thinking about places where I could increase healthy choices for my children, and our wonderful community soccer program came to mind. My boys have played soccer for about two years and I always cringe when they ask to buy Hugs at the snack bar after games.
So I started asking people about alternatives at the Symposium.
“Instead of Hugs, give the kids their water bottles at the beginning of the season and get them filled up at the snack bar,” suggested Jesse Sharrard, Food Safety and Nutrition Manager from Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank.
I loved that idea because water is so important for young athletes and getting rid of those Hugs would reduce litter on the soccer fields.
But I know the soccer league relies on snack bar sales to fund a lot of the program. And if the snack bar has candy for sale, the kids will ask for that. So I asked parents on Facebook what healthy snacks their children would actually buy.
Here are some of their answers:
- Squeeze applesauce
- Peanut Butter and apples
- Fig Newtons
- Carrots and celery sticks
- Kid-styled Luna Bars
- Pirates Booty
- Frozen Go-Gurts
- Sunflower Seeds
- Pumpkin Seeds
- Bananas, Oranges, Apples
- Yogurt-covered Raisins
So what are your thoughts? What healthy snacks would your kids buy at school or at concession stands?