Healthy Children - September 2012

 

Healthy Snacks: Quick Tips for Parents

Snacks give kids important nutrients and help control hunger between meals.

Healthy snack ideas

  • “Ants on a log” (celery with peanut butter and raisins)
  • Fresh or canned fruit (in 100% juice, not syrup) with fat-free or low-fat vanilla yogurt
  • Whole-grain crackers with fat-free or low-fat cheese
  • Frozen grapes (rinse and freeze grapes overnight)
  • Whole-wheat bread or apple slices with peanut butter
  • Quesadillas (fat-free or low-fat cheese on a whole-wheat tortilla)
  • Unsalted pretzels or air-popped popcorn
  • Baked tortilla chips and salsa
  • Whole-wheat pita bread with hummus
  • Water or fat-free or low-fat milk

 

Put fresh fruit in a bowl at eye-level in the refrigerator or on the kitchen counter. It will be easier for kids to see and grab.

On the go

  • Put dried fruits and nuts, fresh veggies, or fruit in small baggies.
  • Pack fat-free or low-fat string cheese sticks.

 

Set the rules

  • Teach your kids to ask before they help themselves to snacks.
  • Eat snacks at the table or in the kitchen, not in front of the TV.
  • Serve snacks in a bowl. Don’t let kids eat snack foods directly out of the bag or box.
  • Drink water or fat-free or low-fat milk instead of soda or juice.

 

For more information on nutrition and kids, visit:

 

http://healthfinder.gov/prevention/ViewTool.aspx?toolld=1