Healthy Children - January 2014

Healthy Snacks: Quick tips for parents

Healthy snack ideas

“Ants on a log” (celery with peanut butter and raisins)
Fresh or canned fruit (in 100% juice, not syrup) with fat-free or low-fat vanilla yogurt
Whole-grain crackers with low-fat cheese
Frozen grapes (rinse and freeze grapes overnight)
Whole-wheat bread or apple slices with peanut butter
Quesadillas (low-fat cheese on a whole-wheat tortilla)
Unsalted pretzels or air-popped popcorn
Baked tortilla chips and salsa
Whole-wheat pita bread with hummus
Water or fat-free or low-fat milk

Put fresh fruit in a bowl at eye-level in the refrigerator or on the kitchen counter. It will be easier for kids to see and grab.

On the go

Put dried fruits and nuts, fresh veggies, or fruit in small baggies.
Pack low-fat string cheese sticks.

Set the rules

Teach your kids to ask before they help themselves to snacks.
Eat snacks at the table or in the kitchen, not in front of the TV.
Serve snacks in a bowl. Don't let kids eat snack foods directly out of the bag or box.
Drink water or fat-free or low-fat milk instead of soda or juice.