Why is this important?

  • Making your own snacks in place of packaged snacks just a couple of times per week can help children get the healthy foods they need without the fat, sugar, and excessive salt that could slow them down.


Snack Smart 

Instead of fruit-flavored snacks…

Make Fruit Salad

  • Wash and peel a variety of colorful fruits.
  • Cut fruits into bite-sized pieces. Combine in a large bowl.
  • Cut lime in half. Squeeze the juice over the fruit.
  • Drizzle a Tablespoon of honey if you like.
  • Stir ingredients to combine and enjoy!

Instead of snack or energy bars…

Make Banana Crunch

  • Mash a large ripe banana in a bowl or Ziploc bag.
  • Add ½ cup of granola.
  • Add a dash of cinnamon. 
  • Mix ingredients together.
  • Spread mixture onto whole wheat wafers or graham crackers and enjoy!

Note: Have kids make these tasty snacks in a bag! Allowing kids to help you make these snacks in Ziploc bags reduces clean-up and saves time.

Instead of cheesy crackers…

Make Fruit and Cheese Kabobs

  • Cut block cheese into small cubes.
  • Wash, peel, and cut a variety of colorful fruits into bite-sized pieces.
  • Slide food onto coffee stirrer “skewers” or whole wheat pretzel sticks. Switch between fruit and cheese pieces.

Instead of frozen fruit snacks…

Make Frozen Fruit Poppers

  • Wash and peel a variety of colorful fruits.
  • Cut fruits into bite-sized pieces. Place in a freezer safe bag.
  • Let freeze in freezer. Pull out and enjoy!

Instead of potato chips, salty snacks, or ice cream, visit CookingMatters.org/app to find out how to make your own trail mix and yogurt parfaits, as well as other healthy snack ideas, recipes, and resources.

Keep in mind, every baby develops at his/her own pace. Talk to your pediatrician if you have questions about your baby's development.

Related Resources

Exploring Food Together (Cooking Matters)

The new Cooking Matters app for Android makes it simple to feed your family healthy foods, on any budget! Visit CookingMatters.org/app to plan meals with the touch of a button.