Thursday, June 17, 2010

Healthy Snacks for Kids

Children have small stomachs and need to eat small meals and snacks in order get the nutrients they need for healthy growth. Snacks allow children to get the extra vitamins and minerals, as well as protein and fiber that they need daily to protect their health. Snacks should be planned to include a variety of wholesome and nutritious foods to supply the additional energy and nutrients that children need. Here are a few helpful suggestions for planning healthy snacks.

  1. Small pieces of fruits
  2. Small pieces of vegetables
  3. Yogurt, milk and cheese
  4. Soy milk
  5. Whole wheat bread
  6. Whole wheat crackers
  7. Peanut butter
  8. Small amounts of fruit juice
You will want to avoid offering snacks that are high in calories, added sugars, fat and salt. The following foods are high in calories and should be limited or avoided completely when considering snacks for children:
  1. Sodas
  2. Other sweetened drinks
  3. Cakes
  4. Cookies
  5. Candy
  6. French fries
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