Healthy Snacks Lesson for Kindergarden - 3rd Grade

Have you ever wondered if a snack was healthy or not?

Well, today you're going to learn what a snack is, what makes a snack healthy, and the difference between healthy and unhealthy snacks.

First of all, what is a snack?

A snack is food that you eat in between breakfast and lunch, or lunch and dinner. Have you ever come home from school and gotten an apple or a bag of chips to eat because you couldn't wait to eat until dinner? Well, what you ate was a snack.

What are the benefits of snacks?

Snacks can be very good things for students like you. You can take them for a boost of energy to get you through the day until your next meal. They are also good for supplying vitamins and nutrients that our bodies need to function properly. Snacks, like meals, can help us to do everything that we do day by day.

What makes a snack healthy?

Fruit and vegetables are healthy snacks. They are high in the vitamins that children need to grow up big and strong. So, vitamins can make a snack healthy.
Pretzles and popcorn (without butter) are healthy snacks. They are low in fat and salt, which can clog your arteries in your heart. So, low fat and salt content can make a snack healthy.

What makes a snack un-healthy?

Candy bars are un-healthy snacks. They are high in sugar and fat. So, lots of sugar and fat can make a snack un-healthy.
Potato chips can be un-healthy snacks. They are high in grease and low in many vitamins. So, lots of grease and few vitamins can make a snack un-healthy.
Ice cream can also be an un-healthy snack (it's sad, I know). It is high in fat from the dairy in it, and there is also a lot of sugar in it. So, just like in candy bars, lots of fat and sugar can make a snack un-healthy.

Here is a list of healthy snacks to eat:

Fruit ~
bannanas, strawberries
apples, pears

Vegetables ~
carrots, celery
peppers, broccoli, coluflower

pretzles, yougurt, and popcorn

Can you think of some more healthy snacks to eat?

Here is a litst of un-healthy snacks to eat:

licorice, suckers

chocolate, sugar-filled gum

hard candy, carmel

Can you think of some more un-healthy snacks?

Here is a worksheet to help you recognize healthy snacks from un-healthy ones.

And here is a quiz to test your knowledge of healthy snacks.

Here are the answers to both the worksheet and the quiz.

Latest update to this document: 14 November 2002
Leah Anzicek: