Sunday, April 12, 2009

10 Healthy Snacks

Serving healthy snacks to children is important to providing good nutrition, supporting lifelong healthy eating habits, and helping to prevent costly and potentially-disabling diseases, such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure, and obesity. Snacks play a major and growing role in children's diets.

1. Fruit- Have kids help cut it up into a fruit salad. Light syrup fruit cups are quick.

2. Veggies- Serve with peanut butter, hummus, or low fat dips.

3. Nuts- Walnuts are nutritional with omega 3 fatty acids which helps with brain development.

4. Smoothies- Use low fat yogurt or milk, mix with favorite fruit, protein powder, and/or flax.

5. Whole grain crackers- Triscuits come in several different flavors.

6. Whole wheat English muffins- Serve with honey, peanut butter, or jelly.

7. Rice cakes- Look for ones made from brown whole grain rice. Serve with favorite topping.

8. Popcorn- Low fat popcorn or pop your own and season it with olive oil and light salt.

9. Granola/Cereal Bars- Look for whole grain, low in fat and sugar.

10. Yogurt- Look for low fat and low in sugar.

1 comment:

Amelia said...

I have an awesome recipe for a white bean dip that is loaded in nutrients and yummy too. I laughed when you read the part about olive oil on popcorn I used to do that for Autumn because of her dairy allergy. it;s not bad actually.