Snacks What Works Best?

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What snack procedure works best? Since schools are trying to be more "heathly" I was thinking of suggesting Fruits or Vegetables, no dips (for morning snack in classroom). Otherwise, how will teachers enforce, will they have to read all labels (my child has mutliptle severe food allergies)?

What has been your experiences? I would appreciated your recommendations of what works well.

On Apr 14, 2007

Best procedure in my opinion is: - Peanut/tree nut free classroom -All kids bring their own snack - Teachers spot check for inappropriate snacks like granola bars, check labels and send back w/ note if unsafe (may keep something like pretzels at school as substitute) -Treat box for special celebrations - Notify in advance of special snacks so parent has opp'y to allow/not allow it, bring something similar, or use treat box

2nd best is Approved Snack list, but reviewed frequently. Some on this board don't like this strategy but it has worked fine for me in the past, in combo with teachers and I checking labels on a regular basis.

On Apr 14, 2007

My dd is MFA and we have always had the food free room with a note going home not to send in blatant peanut products. Everything has to be eaten outside or in the caf. That has worked well. I would have a huge problem with being told only fruits or vegets. That would be fine for some kids, but not mine. She needs a little sugar burst in the morning and at age 11 3/4 and 59 pounds, a fruit/vegetable snack is not something I would want her to have. It`s fine for some kids, but not all. I think it really limits the other parents more than necessary.

On Apr 15, 2007

No teachers in my experience wanted the hassle or responsibility of checking each student's snack. So we followed the Kindergarten model through this year (4th grade).

There is an "approved" snack list with plenty of options. Each parent sends in a snack once/month for the entire class (ex. 2 boxes of saltines). The teacher reads the ingredient list before opening the package. I used to do this in Kindergarten and First grade and would come in about 2X a month to read all the labels and mark the packages. By second grade, the teacher wanted to do it, and Ryan would go over it a second time. That's the way its been working with no problems since that time.

Although Ryan still brings his own snack (about 5 different ones each day) and picks his "one" snack that is closest to what the other kids are eating that day. (We don't do generics most of the time, but generics are fine for the class as long as there are no peanut warnings.)

This program has been hassle free, and the teachers seem to like it. We did open up the option of kids bringing in FRESH fruit only instead of eating the classroom snack. That would be an apple, grapes, bananas, etc.--nothing in a can--just fresh fruit.

What's nice is this setup works well, at least for us.

On Apr 15, 2007

What kid doesn't love at least one fruit or vegetable (without dip!).

I cannot understand why some parents don't see this as a snack.

I work in a school lunchroom and am appaled at what some parents send for lunch and snacks. SUGAR SUGAR SUGAR. Some kids have never had a fruit or vegetable at the age of 7 or 8. *sigh* too bad.

On Apr 15, 2007

I'm with TwoKidsNJ. That's the best snack set-up; it works great for us.

On Apr 15, 2007

There are also kids who already eat fruits and vegetables daily and need high calorie foods while at school, like mine. It is important to remember that each child is different in terms of what they need for snack. Fruits and vegetables would probably be fine for all those overweight kids I see, or even normal weight kids, but not for a child who is 11 and weighs 59 pounds and would eat nothing but fruits and vegetables all day long if I let her. We`re extremely health conscious, but some kids really need a sugar rush to think clearly. Even I do. Sometimes I can really feel my sugar drop when I am at work and I need that sugar burst. There is no one size fits all for snack. What is good for your child may not be good for all kids.

On Apr 15, 2007

I have to agree with Carefulmom here-- in kids that have other nutritional 'issues' at play, this would NOT be okay....

particularly kids who are either vegan or have protein-limited diets because of allergy. These kids are already eating a much less calorically dense diet. Adding fruits and veggies ONLY as a snack isn't appropriate for them. They really need something with protein or carbohydrates, and they also really need snacks. My daughter, too, would happily consume nothing but fruit. (And SPAM.) [img][/img]

I think a 'snack-list' combined with a policy which strongly [i]encourages[/i] fresh fruits and veggies is the way to go. [img][/img]

On Apr 15, 2007

I guess I am in the middle here. I agree you can't limit snacks to anyone(IMO) that's why I was pushign for a food-free classroom at our school, and then the kids could bring whatever they wanted and eat it in the lunchroom. Our lunchroom has a good set up, so kids eating peanut containing snacks would sit at the same table like they do at lunch. My son would be at the PF table...anyways, I think any snack should eb allowed, as long as it's eaten out of the classroom and it's done safely. Good luck

------------------ Chanda(mother of 4) Sidney-8 (beef and chocolate, grasses, molds, weeds, guinea pig & asthma) Jake-6 (peanut, all tree nuts, eggs, trees, grasses, weeds, molds, cats, dogs, guinea pig & eczema & asthma) Carson-3 1/2 (milk, soy, egg, beef and pork, cats, dog, guinea pig and EE) Savannah-1 (milk and egg)

On Apr 15, 2007

Classrooms should be food free...there are way too many obese kids, diabetes is increasing with kids AND THE SCHOOLS SHOULD NOT BE TEACHING UNHEALTHY FOOD EATING HABITS.

I went to school in the 50's/60's...our snack was a pint of milk.

On Apr 15, 2007


Originally posted by cathlina: [b] I went to school in the 50's/60's...our snack was a pint of milk.[/b]

and the milk allergic community falls over faint.

Geeze. I guess all they ate in the 50's and 60's was pbj and milk. Jelly to fulfill the need for the refined white sugar and artificial coloring food groups. . .

On Apr 15, 2007

This must have been before the high fructose corn syrup and trans fat food groups were so widely recognized as 'essential,' huh? [img][/img]

On Apr 16, 2007

I agree with Carefulmom on this one too. My son is the opposite. He is 11, 5'7 and 128 lbs. Fruits and veggies are not enough to last. He leaves home at 7:00 am and does not eat lunch until 12:30. He needs a snack with carbs or protein to fill is every growing body. Fruits and veggies are good for him, but not enough to sustain him until lunch...even after he eats a substantial breakfast. I think for next year I am going to push for a food free room, and then snacks will not be such an issue. The kids can eat in the lunchroom.