Here are some great snack tips:
- Keep portions small to avoid weight gain.
- Pre-portion your child’s snacks into small plastic bags to grab on the go or put a snack-sized serving on a plate.
- Plan ahead when you buy healthy snacks at the supermarket – you will make healthier choices and will save money by resisting impulse purchases.
- Provide kids healthy snack choices and make the choices you offer reasonably nutritious and delicious – calcium-rich pudding, chocolate milk, granola bars, graham crackers with milk, peanut butter on crackers, for example.
- For older children, designate an area in your refrigerator or cupboard for healthy snacks that you have selected and your kids like – let them help themselves without having to ask for permission.
- Combine snacks from at least two food groups, like a protein (cheese, milk, yogurt, peanut butter, hummus) and a carbohydrate (crackers, pretzels, fruit, vegetables), to pack more nutrients into your child’s diets – it will be more filling and will tide them over until their next meal. Adding 1% or skim milk to cereal and graham crackers or peanut butter to crackers or fruit is an easy way to add calcium and protein to an otherwise carbohydrate-only snack.
If chosen carefully, healthy snacks can promote good health by supplying nutrients without adding too many calories.