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Guidelines for Healthful Treats in Lower School

Children in Lower School love to celebrate a birthday, a holiday, or a special occasion with a special treat for their classmates and teachers. Because we know that diet has an important impact on growth and development, we ask that parents send in simple, healthful and easy-to-serve treats. We have found that children enjoy a party atmosphere and do not mind having healthful treats. To that end, we respectfully ask that you not send in donuts, cookies, cupcakes, candy, chocolate or anything with frosting or loaded with sugar. If you have any questions about the appropriateness of a birthday snack, please make sure to call your child’s teacher in advance to check. If you do bring in a snack that does not fit within these guidelines, please know that this places both your child and the teacher in a very awkward position and the teacher will send the snack home. Please also be reminded that we are a peanut-free campus.

Birthday Treats Please check with your child’s teacher when you would like to bring in a birthday treat. Examples of birthday treats that kids enjoy include: • • • • • • • • • • • • •

Fruit kabobs Fruit kabobs with yogurt dip Sliced veggies with dip or sunbutter Cheese and crackers Muffins Yogurt Fruit popsicles Sliced apples and cinnamon Strawberries Popcorn Fruit smoothies Chips and salsa Cheese and turkey quesadillas

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Cheese quesadillas Cheese and turkey sandwiches w/ whole wheat bread Cheese and turkey cracker sandwiches Bean dip and tortilla chips Nachos with shredded cheese, guacamole and salsa Turkey and cheese roll ups Sunbutter and pretzels Sunbutter cracker sandwiches

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Ants on a log w/ sunbutter Whole-wheat english muffin pizzas Yogurt and granola (no nuts of course) Homemade breads with vegetables or fruit: banana bread, carrot bread, zucchini bread Fruit leather cut into squares Healthful Halloween Snack Ideas

For Halloween, try some of the following: • • • • • • • • • • • • •

Mini-bagels w/ orange cream cheese Carrot sticks and black olives Ghost-shaped potato chips (sold at Trader Joe’s and Paradise Foods) Orange fruit smoothies Decorate a bagel: orange cream cheese, raisins, sunflower seeds, etc. Little cheese/turkey sandwiches cut into Halloween shapes Pumpkin seeds Pumpkin bread/muffins Apple cider Dried apples Popcorn Cheese & crackers (cheese cut into Halloween shapes) Blood oranges Healthful Valentine’s Day Snack Ideas

We ask that children send in valentines without candy attached to cards to celebrate this day. Special Valentine’s Day treats might include: • • • • • • • • • •

Heart-shaped cheese and crackers Strawberries Pink fruit smoothies Mini-bagels with strawberry cream cheese Heart-shaped soft pretzels Heart-shaped turkey and cheese sandwiches Heart-shaped sunbutter and jelly sandwiches Fruit and strawberry yogurt dip Red fruit popsicles Cherry tomato and mozzarella skewers

Healthy Treats- Lower School