School celebrations are fun, but often involve too many sugary treats. The Healthy Lifestyles committee at Matoaka Elementary School is committed to the wellness of our staff and students. By encouraging healthier options for not only school celebrations but also classroom rewards, fundraising and school events, we hope to introduce alternatives to sugary treats that can still be fun and enjoyable.
The Center for Science in the Public Interest offers an excellent Healthy School Celebrations handout that includes healthy treat ideas for each month of the year, plus recipes and more.
MES PTA Supports Healthy Snacks!
The Matoaka PTA Healthy Lifestyles committee is working together with the School Wellness Council and SHIP to support the Matoaka Healthy Snack Initiative. Throughout the year, we will be providing opportunities for students and teachers to enjoy healthy treats at our many celebrations, kicking it off with the fresh fruit toppings at the first PTA Meeting/Ice Cream Social.
Parents can support this initiative too! Here are some ways you can help:
1. Pack your child a healthy snack each day – it will give them more energy to get through the day and perform at his/her best!
2. Consider one of the healthy alternatives listed below when planning birthday celebrations and other treats throughout the school year.
3. Get involved in the Healthy Lifestyles Committee and help support our events throughout the school year
Ideas for Healthy Party Snacks:
1. Fruit Kabobs
2. Angel Food Cake with Fruit Toppings
3. Bananas & Strawberries and Chocolate Syrup (as a dip)
4. Fresh Apple Slices with Caramel or Yogurt Dip
5. Trail Mix (pretzels, dried fruit, whole grain low-sugar cereals, sunflower or sesame seeds)
6. Light or Low-Fat Popcorn
7. Yogurt Parfaits
8. Low-Fat Pudding
9. Graham Crackers with Jam or Apple Butter
10. Whole Grain Tortilla Chips with Salsa
11. Raw Veggies and Low-Fat Dip
12. Whole-Grain Crackers and Reduced-Fat Cheese
Source: Center for Science in the Public Interest For more healthy party ideas, visit: www.wjccship.com (click on Wellness Policy, then Healthy Celebrations)