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Now that your kids are back to school after the break, keep
them healthy with delicious and nutritious snacks. Parents Magazine has great
ideas that are tasty and fun.
Fruits are important in a child’s diet. A child should eat
at least five servings of fruits and vegetables per day. Fruits can be served
in a variety of ways. Fruits can be eaten dried, frozen, in a salad, popsicle
or smoothie form. It is important to remember to cut the fruit into small
pieces so they do not become a choking hazard.
Make vegetables fun with low-fat dips like guacamole, hummus
and bean dips. Soy, like edamame, is a delicious way for kids to receive the
proper vegetable servings. Stuff whole-wheat pitas with veggies and add a side
of dressing or hummus. Or go the classic with ants on a log.
Whole grains provide vitamins, fiber and minerals. Top
tortillas or English Muffins with veggies and dips. Crackers are simple. Your
child can eat them alone or top them with low-fat cheese, peanut butter or
other healthy choices! Always keep whole grain and low fat in mind. Serve your
child granola bars, breadsticks, pretzels or flat breads.
When it comes to dairy you want to keep it in moderation.
Dairy provides calcium but too much unhealthy dairy can saturate arteries.
Low-fat or fat-free yogurt is great for helping your child’s bones grow. You
could even add fruit into the yogurt! Frozen yogurt and low-fat pudding can be
a delicious treat as long as it is occasionally and not an everyday snack.
When it comes to drinks water is always best. If you child
wants more flavor try seltzer, club soda or sparkling water. Low-fat and
fat-free milk is great for your child too. Chocolate or strawberry milk is a
great tasty treat. Even try soymilk if your child likes it.
The best fruit juice you can buy is 100% fruit juice. This
way you can avoid any unwanted added sugars or sweeteners. While fruit juice
can have a high caloric intake, it does contain vitamins and minerals. Always
serve your child fruit juice in moderation.
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