Snack on Healthy Foods

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WHY SNACK ON HEALTHY FOODS?

  • A lot of snack foods are high in fat and sugar, high in calories, and low in nutrients. Examples: potato chips, candy, soda, juice, and fast food
  • Eating sweet foods as snacks makes your child more likely to get cavities.
  • Snacking is a great time to add fruits and vegetables to your child’s diet.

HEALTHY SNACK FOODS

  • Whole grain breakfast cereal (dry or with low‐fat or non‐fat milk)
  • Whole grain crackers
  • Low-fat or fat-free yogurt or cheese.
  • Unsalted nuts
  • Fresh or dried fruit

TIPS FOR SNACKING ON HEALTHY FOODS

Check once you have tried each of the following:

  • Ask your child to choose fruits, vegetables, and other healthy snacks while shopping. If they choose the snacks, they are more likely to eat them.
  • Try keeping a bowl of fruit on the table.
  • Prepare healthy snacks for peak snacking times.
  • Make smoothies: blend fruit and low-fat or non-fat yogurt or milk, and ice.
  • Use cookie cutters to cut fruit or vegetables into fun shapes.
  • Make small sandwiches using whole-wheat bread.
  • Make small quesadillas with low-fat (1% or less) cheese.
  • Try baked pastelitos with vegetables or low-fat cheese.

Snack on Healthy Foods