Healthy Snacks: Quick tips for parents

Healthy Snacks: Quick tips for parents

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

Try these healthy snack ideas.

  • “Ants on a log” (celery with peanut butter and raisins)
  • Fresh or canned fruit (canned in 100% juice, not syrup) with fat-free or low-fat yogurt
  • Whole-grain crackers with low-fat cheese
  • Vegetable “matchsticks” (thin sticks made from fresh carrots, zucchini, or bell peppers)
  • Whole-wheat bread or apple slices with peanut butter
  • Quesadillas (low-fat cheese melted in a whole-wheat tortilla)
  • Unsalted pretzels or air-popped popcorn
  • Baked (not fried) tortilla chips and salsa
  • Whole-wheat pita bread with hummus (dip made with chick peas)

Put fresh fruit in a bowl that’s easy to reach in the refrigerator or on the kitchen counter. This will make it easier for kids to grab a healthy snack.

Snack healthy on the go.

  • Take unsalted nuts and unsweetened dried fruits, fresh vegetables, or fresh fruit in small baggies.
  • Pack 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 snack directly out of the bag or box.
  • Drink water, milk (fat-free or low-fat), or 100% fruit juice instead of soda or fruit-flavored drinks.

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