Healthy Post-Play Snacks
Nearly 1 in 3 kids and teens in the U.S. are overweight or obese, so it’s important that we, as parents, stick together and help instill healthy habits in them while they’re young.
As parents of kiddos, we try to be conscious of the food choices we make for them. But we all get slammed with “mom or dad guilt” from time to time when we have to make a knee-jerk snack call during the thousandth after-school activity. Sometimes that means food coming out of a window in the drive-thru or a convenience store stop to grab whatever we can to curb the munchies.
We’ve got you covered with some really easy (yes – EASY!) and tasty snacks you can pack for your kids, and even you, to help keep the whole family going. The next time your child finishes a basketball or soccer game, knocks out some karate, or simply comes in from playing outside with friends, have some better-for-you snacks handy.
Instead of sugar-sweetened drinks
- Fat-free (skim) or low-fat (1%) milk
- 100% fruit juice
- Low-sodium vegetable juice
Instead of full calorie chips and crackers
- Sunflower or pumpkin seeds
- Whole-grain crackers
- Fat-free or low-fat cheese sticks
- Popcorn or rice cakes
- Apple or orange slices
- Carrot or celery sticks
- Nuts and nut butters
- Plain fat-free or low-fat yogurt with fruit mixed in
Instead of sweets and baked goods
- Fresh fruit and berries
- Canned fruit(drained and rinsed)
- Frozen fruit (try making your own frozen bananas or grapes)
- Raisins, dates and other unsweetened dried fruits
- Applesauce or fruit cup
- Frozen 100% fruit pops
When shopping, check out the nutrition label info and keep an eye on added sugars and salt.
Best part about these snacks? If you buy in season, or even stock up, you won’t break the bank. Now, that’s something all parents can agree on! Do you have some creative healthy snack ideas or do your kiddos have a favorite? Share them with us on our Facebook and Twitter pages using #AddColor.
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