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8.8: Snack Smart

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    • How to prepare a healthy snack that will give you energy throughout the day.

    To Give Out: Recipe cards, snack samples


    • Signage and handouts (e.g. recipe cards, snacking facts, snacking options)
    • Recipe materials (e.g. utensils, paper products, etc.) and ingredients
    • Labels/small pieces of paper/notecards for snack options
    • Music & speakers (optional)
    • Feedback survey, pencils, and collection box


    • Display signage/poster to highlight the goal of your demo.
    • Place snack samples, and serving materials out on your table.
    • Place labels/small pieces of paper/notecards near the snack options.
    • Display/hand out recipe cards.


    • Place snacks in separate bowls. Allow students to choose/assemble a snack with the ingredients
    • Facilitator explain the 'give'
    • Allow students to grab one of the recipe cards to take home with them.
    • Ask participants to complete feedback survey.


    • Would you like a small snack to help give you a little extra energy today?
    • Snacking should be done between meals to help curb the possibility of overeating at your next meal.
    • Eating every few hours can help add extra nutrition that might be missing from other meals. Try choosing nutrient-rich foods and avoid sugary items like candy and soda.

    Suggestions for Café O'Yea:

    • Snacking Tips:
      • Snacking between meals help maintain over eating and energy levels.
      • Mindless eating; think before you eat by practicing moderation and portion sizes.
      • Keep healthier snacks such as cut-up fruits and vegetables with peanut butter or yogurt instead of chips and cookies.
    • Do It Yourself Snack recipes (trail mix, granola bars, veggie bags, etc.)
    • Images of healthy snacks (nuts, veggies, baked chips, popcorn, etc.)
    • Recipe: Baby carrots and ranch/Strawberry and cream cheese sandwich/Ants on a log-Celery sticks, Raisins or Craisins and Peanut butter

    Suggested Information:

    • Smart Snacking: By eating at regular intervals, your blood sugar levels (and therefore your energy levels) remain stable. You should choose nutrient-rich foods from the grains, fruit, and vegetable, dairy and protein food groups and avoid sugary items like candy and soda.
    • Think before you eat: Mindless eating is often the downfall of many snackers. You may start with only a handful of your favorite crackers, only to finish the entire box, without even thinking about it. perhaps you eat when you are sad, stressed, and/or bored. Practice moderation and portion sizes and identify the reason why you are eating.
    • Constant Eating: Eating every few hours can help add extra nutrition that might be missing from other meals. Munching between meals can reduce the overall calorie intake by curbing overeating at the next meal. By eating at regular intervals, your blood sugar levels (and therefore energy levels) remain stable.
    • Pick seasonal fruits and vegetables: Produce picked and eaten at its peak generally a more vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants than foods harvested before they're ripe and then shipped long distances. Consequently, flavor suffers. Eating locally grown foods, like a Farmer's market, can cut down on shipping costs and pollution. Overall, eating seasonal, locally-grown food is generally less expensive to buy.


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