Uploaded on Dec 5, 2008
Kids are gonna snack--but snacks don't have to be junk food. Author and dietitian Elizabeth Somer has great ideas to help you get your kids to eat healthy snacks.
Encouraging kids to eat healthy snacks
* 25% of your children's calories come from the food they snack on -- that's a quarter of their daily intake that could be really healthy.
* Remember that until your children start driving, you are the gatekeeper for everything that comes into your home. Don't bring in chips, cookies and soda.
* It's up to you to stock healthy snacks for your kids. If all your children have to snack on is milk, fruit and fresh grains, then they will make better choices.
* Set an example for your children during your own snacks and meals. If you want your children to eat fruits and vegetables for snacks then you should eat them yourself.
* Start serving healthy food on a regular basis. It may take 10 times before your kids will try their spinach or carrots!
You can work in healthier foods to your kids diet by adding them to their favorite foods.
Serving healthy snacks for kids
* For snacks on the go, apple slices, baby carrots, yogurt and string cheese are good choices. Stay away from vending machines as much as possible.
* If you have forgotten to pack healthy snacks for the kids and have to resort to a vending machine, try to pick something that resembles one of the four food groups
* Try to get at least two food groups into each snack. For example, a slice of apple (fruit) with peanut butter (protein) is a good choice.
* Stay away from pear and apple juices as they are essentially concentrated sugar water. Orange juice or even chocolate milk with Vitamin D is a better choice for a healthy kids snack.
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