Family Childcare Providers:

Do you get reimbursed for food expenses through the USDA’s Child and Adult Food Program? If not, it’s probably time to sign up!

The USDA just released the reimbursement rates for July 2019 – June 2020, and they’re higher than before. See what Tom Copeland has to say about the new rates in his helpful blog post.

If you have questions about the Food Program or starting your own family childcare business, give us a call at 920-432-8899. Our Early Childhood Consultants are happy to help!

By: Maddie Packard

Snacks play a big role in what kids eat every day.  There seems to be a snack for every time of the day and any activity.  Snacks aren’t a bad thing, it is normal to get hungry between meals, especially when you are physically active.  What you choose for your kids to snack on does matter though.

Instead of: Doritos, Fritos, Potato chips, etc.

Try: Veggie Straws, Kale chips, sunflower or pumpkin seeds, nuts, popcorn

Recipe here: Apple Pie Popcorn

Instead of: Fruit Rollups, Fruit by the Foot, Gushers, etc.

Try: Fresh or dried fruit, a homemade fruit roll up (fruit sushi)

Recipe here: Fruit Sushi

Instead of: Candy bars, snack cakes, etc.

Try: Granola bars (not covered in chocolate) with nuts, seeds, dried fruit, etc.

Recipe here: Homemade Granola Bars

Other fun and healthy snack options:

  • Ants on a log
    • Log made out of celery, carrot, apple, banana, etc.
    • Use peanut butter, or any other kind of nut butter
    • Ants can be dried fruit like raisins, craisins, cherries, blueberries, goji berries, fresh blueberries, granola, nuts, or seeds like pomegranate, sunflower or pumpkin.
  • Zucchini or sweet potato muffins

Whether it is trying out some new recipes or simply making wise choices at the store, snacking can be fun, tasty and healthy.

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