Snack Attack!

August 13, 2009

“Mom, I’m hungry!” Are these familiar words around your house, especially after school? Is snacking ok for kids? What SHOULD kids snack on?

Healthy snacks give kids fuel to learn, grow and GO! Good snack habits include planning, variety, smart serving sizes, and replacing high fat, high sugar snacks with more healthy choices.

Include fruits and veggies, whole grains, low fat dairy, and lean protein in your Snack Attack choices. Frozen mini-waffles with peanut butter spread, a whole grain flour tortilla with low-fat cheese and veggie salsa, or whole grain cereal and low-fat milk with sliced bananas are yummy examples of tasty, healthy Snack Attack foods!

Stay on top of the Snack Attack with your kids. 1.) Plan and shop together.
2.) Let kids choose from healthy snack options at home. 3.) Set snack times.
4.) Learn how much. Read labels for serving sizes. 5.) Make snack time screen free time. Without the distraction of the television or computer, it’s easier to recognize whether or not you’re eating too much.

Enjoy more tips and healthy challenges like Snack Attack with Healthy Kids Challenge free monthly E-challenge, My Healthy Challenge.

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2 Responses to “Snack Attack!”

  1. Kendra Says:

    Great Post. I think if parents realize having quick healthy snacks around can be so much easier and FASTER than stopping at the drive thru..plus so much healthier!

  2. hltheme Says:

    But do people KNOW what quick healthy snacks are? And then do they PLAN to buy healthy snacks so that they'll be easy to grab? I think snacking is fine for kids, IF it's planned into their day as part of their routine. It's a different story if they're eating whatever they want whenever they want and aren't hungry for a meal. Sometimes it just takes the parents being the parents and realizing that eating habits are just like any other habit and need limits.


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