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Healthy and Easy-to-Prepare Snacks

3 bowls of hummus

There are many inexpensive snacks for you and your family to enjoy 

Try these snack ideas with your family.

  • 1 cup of raw vegetables (cucumber slices, carrot and celery sticks, or bell pepper strips) with 2 tablespoons of hummus or low-fat dressing for dipping
  • ½ cup of low-fat cottage cheese with fruit
  • Low-fat cheese (1 slice) divided over three whole-grain or whole-wheat crackers
  • ¼ cup of dried fruit such as raisins or cranberries, mixed with ¼ cup of whole-grain cereal
  • Fruit cup in 100% fruit juice
  • 2 cups of frozen seedless grapes
  • Low-fat graham crackers with unsweetened applesauce for dipping
  • 3 cups of reduced-fat popcorn (unbuttered)
  • 1 cup of low-fat or non-fat yogurt
  • ½ of an apple and 1 tablespoon of peanut butter


Healthy snacking is good for everyone

  • Use snacks that include food groups your children may have missed during regular meals.
  • Make snack portions small and offer seconds if your child asks for more.
  • Some snacks are healthier than others. Decide which ones you will allow and when. Explain the rules to your child and stick to them.
  • Take healthy and easy-to-eat snacks like apple slices and vegetable sticks when you go to appointments or run errands.


For more healthy snack ideas developed by the UMass Amherst Nutrition Education Program visit