Fruits

  • Apples (it can be helpful to use an apple corer)
  • Apricots
  • Bananas
  • Blackberries
  • Blueberries
  • Cantaloupe
  • Cherries
  • Grapefruit
  • Grapes (red, green, or purple)
  • Honeydew Melon
  • Kiwis (cut in half and give each child a spoon to eat it)
  • Mandarin Oranges
  • Mangoes
  • Nectarines
  • Oranges
  • Peaches
  • Pears
  • Pineapple
  • Plums
  • Raspberries
  • Strawberries
  • Tangerines
  • Watermelon

You could include a healthy fruit dip to eat with fruit.

Combine a variety of fruits into a fruit salad.

Vegetables

  • Broccoli
  • Carrot sticks or Baby Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Celery Sticks
  • Cucumber
  • Peppers (green, red, or yellow)
  • Snap Peas
  • Snow Peas
  • String Beans
  • Tomato slices or grape or cherry tomatoes
  • Yellow Summer Squash slices
  • Zucchini slices

Dips suggestions for vegetables

Try low-fat salad dressings, like fat-free Ranch or Thousand Island, store-bought light dips, bean dips, guacamole, hummus (which comes in dozens of flavors), salsa, or peanut butter.

Popcorn

Look for low-fat popcorn in a bag or microwave popcorn. Or you can air pop the popcorn and season it, e.g., by spraying it with vegetable oil spray and adding parmesan cheese, garlic powder, or other non-salt spices.

Nonfood Birthday Ideas

You can ask your student’s teacher if they have nonfood Birthday Treat options. Most                     teachers here at NVCS do. For example; extra recess, contribute a book to class (parent    can come in and read it to class).

Teachers will let you know if they have a nonfood treat policy for their classroom. Please be respectful of the teachers wishes.

Ideas for Holiday Parties

You could use any of the Birthday snack suggestions for foods. For drinks, water is the best but you could have 100% fruit juice.

Feel free to use your creativity for the presentation of the foods and drink to go with the holiday. ( ie. make eyeball looking treats with a cucumber slice and an olive on top using humus to keep in place or put popcorn in plastic gloves with a plastic halloween ring on finger.)