Meal and Snack Patterns and Ideas
Notes for Using the Meal and Snack Ideas
- Meal and snack ideas do not include oils, dressings, seasonings, or condiments you may use in cooking or serving.
- Foods listed in italics under the name of a dish are meant to be cooked or combined to make the dish.
- Choose fresh, frozen, or canned (packed in water or juice) fruits and vegetables.
- If a beverage is not listed with the meal or snack, water is a good choice.
- Choose low-fat or fat-free milk, yogurt and cheese most of the time.
- At least half of all grains you offer should be whole grain products.
- For variety or if your child is allergic to peanuts or tree nuts, consider using soynut butter or sunflower butter as an alternative to peanut butter.
- Some of the foods included in the meal and snack ideas may present a food safety hazard if they are not prepared, cooked, and stored correctly.
Some of the foods included in the meal and snack ideas may present a choking hazard for children if they are not cooked or cut up correctly. Cut raw vegetables into small pieces and cut round fruits (grapes, cherry tomatoes, etc.) in half. Spread peanut butter thinly.