Pregnancy and Beyond

Children of this age may need to eat frequently because their stomachs are small and they need energy for their activities. Planning nutritious snacks between meals is important.

A nutritious snack should satisfy your child's hunger for at least a couple of hours. Foods you choose should contain some protein, carbohydrate, and fat. Most foods that are all right for meals are also good choices for snacks.

When preparing snacks, choose foods from at least two categories of the Food Guide Pyramid: milk, meat, fruits, vegetables and grains. The following combinations are snack suggestions:

  • Muffin and milk
  • Banana milkshake
  • Cheese and crackers
  • Fruit and yogurt with graham crackers
  • Tuna salad sandwich with fruit juice
  • Milk and unsweetened cereal
  • Tortillas and beans with cheese
  • Oatmeal cookies and milk
  • Soft vegetables (zucchini, cooked carrots) with cottage cheese dip
  • Zucchini bread and fruit slices
  • Raisin bread and fruit slices