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Pack Your Own Snack Ideas

It’s that time of year when lots of folks are tempted to lay in a big supply of packaged snack foods for kids’ lunches. It’s hard for kids to resist the wide array of colorful pre-packaged snacks and treats, and let’s face it—they are easy for parents to use as lunch/snack time “filler” food. And yes, parents like them too, for keeping in the gym bag for a quick nosh before the gym, etc. My problem with most of these snacks are 1) they usually are not healthful snacks, but merely supply calories, fat, sugar and sodium. 2) They packaging is wasteful. 3) The prices—all those little bags of treats add up fast when you’re quickly tossing a few into a your kids’ backpack or lunchbox.

Pack Your Own Snack Ideas

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Partner Spotlight: The University of North Dakota

Partner Spotlight: The University of North Dakota

The University of North Dakota partnered with Guiding Stars to help meet its objectives around nutritious dining. A campus study showed that an overwhelming 94% of diners are aware of Guiding Stars and 82% find the program helpful.

“Educating your diners about healthy food is easy with Guiding Stars. We were looking for a nutrition guidance program that would help our campus community identify healthier options and we found it in Guiding Stars.” Dustin Frize, RD, LRD University of North Dakota Dining Services Dietitian

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Food Finder

Search for any of 50,000 foods in the Guiding Stars database and view the zero, one, two or three star nutrition rating for that food.

ex. Tropicana Orange Juice