Last week I had the honor of teaching a “Healthy Snack Making” Workshop at the WV State PTA Convention.  The convention was held at Lakeview Golf Resort on Cheat Lake in Morgantown, WV.  

Tips on a Healthy Snack Workshop for kids that I presented at the WV State PTA Convention.


The youth that were attending had their own schedule of workshops and activities.  A few months ago, the president of the state PTA had invited me to do this workshop.  I am someone who is always baking cookies and sweet treats, so this was a new challenge for me that I wanted to take on.   I wanted to share with you the highlights of my healthy snack making workshop and the ideas that I came up with.

Pinterest gave me a lot of ideas on healthy snacks.  I watched a lot of videos on creative, healthy lunch box ideas.  I also asked for ideas from my own grandchildren.  I must admit that I learned a lot myself, while working on this project.

The workshop was in a conference room with tables and chairs.  We did not have a stove or oven to be able to cook or bake, but this was an easy challenge to overcome.


Tips on a Healthy Snack Workshop for kids that I presented at the WV State PTA Convention. I purchased  these plastic cutting board sheets for each child to have their own work area on the table.


Tips on a Healthy Snack Workshop for kids that I presented at the WV State PTA Convention. I packed Ziploc bags with plastic silverware and a napkin. 

After our introduction by name and the school they attend, we got down to business.  I had planned 4 areas of healthy snack ideas. 



Tips on a Healthy Snack Workshop for kids that I presented at the WV State PTA Convention. I found these cute Popcorn containers at the dollar store.


Tips on a Healthy Snack Workshop for kids that I presented at the WV State PTA Convention. I set up a large container of popcorn and had a variety of toppings, such as granola, dried fruits, mini candies, goldfish, mini pretzels, teddy grahams, and yogurt covered raisins.

We discussed portion control and I explained that they could add toppings to their popcorn using only the measuring cup in the snack. They were  creative and enjoyed eating their popcorn snacks. healthy snack, popcorn bar, pta workshophealthy snack, popcorn bar, pta workshop

We also talked about times that this would be fun to share with their friends, such as working on a scout or school project, swimming, playing games, or at a party.

I think, looking back, that this bar was their favorite part of the workshop.


We discussed working with your parent/family to create these healthy snack stations that are prepared ahead of time.  You can use a basket or any container.  They are filled with snacks that the kids could grab when they are running out the door to a ball  practice, or to play, for example.healthy snacks, pta workshop

healthy snacks, pta workshop, snack stationsExample of one done for pantry and one for the refrigerator.


I think my favorite segment was the parfait bar.  This is a healthier option when you are really wanting something sweet.

healthy snack, pta workshop, parfait barI gave the children each a plastic parfait glass to fix their own, and then demonstrated how to make a parfait.

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I set up containers of vanilla and strawberry yogurt.  I had graham cracker crumbs, vanilla wafer crumbs, and 2 kinds of granola as an option for the crust.  We had fresh strawberries, blueberries, kiwi, pineapple, and bananas.  We had fat free Cool-Whip, and honey as a topping.  I even learned that I LOVE strawberry yogurt parfait myself!


I saw a lot of videos on You Tube and a lot of ideas on packing a healthy lunch box on Pinterest, so I knew that I wanted to include this in our workshop.  We discussed how many take their lunch, who packs it for them, and what foods they like to take.

I was amazed at how much the children actually knew about packing a healthy lunch, and how many of them did like the right kinds of foods.  One of the boys, Patrick, even named the 4 groups of food to be included in the lunch box.

healthy snacks, lunch boxI saw these plastic Bento designed lunch boxes on Amazon and thought they would be perfect to practice with.  I gave them each a box and they were to pack something from each of the 4  groups.     (FRUIT…VEGGIE…PROTEIN…WHOLE GRAINS/CARB)

Our fruit options were apple slices, strawberries, blueberries, kiwi, banana, orange,  and pineapple chunks. They could pack the fruit as it is, make kabobs and even add a spoon full of yogurt as a dip.

We had fresh veggies such as carrots, celery, red and green peppers, broccoli, and cucumbers.  They were familiar with spreading some peanut butter in the celery stick also.  

healthy snack, lunchboxThey had a lot of fun with the next 2 food groups by learning what they could combine as a kebab, a sandwich, or a wrap. 


bento lunch, healthy snacks, pta workshopTips on a Healthy Snack Workshop for kids that I presented at the WV State PTA Convention. They were so creative!


Tips on a Healthy Snack Workshop for kids that I presented at the WV State PTA Convention. Tips on a Healthy Snack Workshop for kids that I presented at the WV State PTA Convention. They did a great job and the wraps were certainly the biggest hit!

The children were eating their foods as fast as we were putting things together and I really enjoyed watching them.  I believe that children will always eat better and healthier if they are involved in making the choices of food and they are helping to prepare it.

Here are some other snack ideas to try with your children:
After School Snack Board
Creating a Build It Yourself Cupcake Board

This “Healthy Snack Making” workshop was a lot of fun and I admire the PTA members that included their children in this convention.

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  1. What an excellent learning experience on so many levels! I wish my own grandchildren had been able to attend. The kids learned about nutrition and responsibility and that healthy food can also taste good. I’m sure a home-packed lunch is also less expensive than a school one.
    I also love the snack bag ideas! This beats peeling off a piece of cake on your way out the door to play. And individual servings are always so appealing to kids.
    Very well done, grandma! I wouldn’t be surprised if this lands you a permanent tour of performances!

    1. Aww thank you. I’m not sure I am good enough to tour yet but it was fun and I learned a lot too.

  2. My boys were fortunate enough to be able to attend this class. They had fun and learned a lot about healthy food choices! Thank you, Pam!

  3. That was an awesome workshop! The kids look like they are enjoying themselves. I was glad to hear that alot of them knew what a healthy lunch consisted of. I really liked the popcorn bar.

    1. Thank you very much. I was pleased that the kids liked healthy foods and I learned a lot too.

  4. You did wonderful! We are all very proud of you! I really think something like this would be a fun thing for our local PTA to do! (maybe we should start with the parents!)

    1. Thank you. It was a good way to talk about healthy snacks and they enjoyed the hands on.

    1. thank you. I had some more ideas but I only had 1 1/2 hrs and no stove/oven so I didn’t write anything else up.

    1. Thank you. I was worried what I would be able to do without a stove or oven but with 10 little boys in the class, it was probably better!!

  5. This is such a great idea! As a teacher, I see some not great lunches, but so many of the kids don’t know better and don’t have someone at home who knows better. I love that these kids got to learn a little about nutrition!

    I’d love for you to come link up at my weekly party!

  6. When you can make things fun and allow the kids to make their own snacks, I think they’re willing to listen to you about the importance of good snacking. Thanks for sharing your post at the Over the Moon Link Party.

    1. You are so right about the kids being willing to listen when they are hands on involved. Thank you for visiting my blog.

    1. They just asked me to do another one in March…all of my brain work went into this one, so I need new ideas!! LOL

  7. These tips never get old – and busy moms always need reminders that preparing healthy can be just as easy as serving up junk!

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