Eat healthy snacks
Snacks give kids important nutrients and help control hunger between meals.
Try these healthy snack ideas.
“Ants on a log” (celery with peanut butter and raisins)
Fresh or canned fruit (canned in 100% juice, not syrup) with fat-free or low-fat yogurt
Whole-grain crackers with low-fat cheese
Vegetable “matchsticks” (thin sticks made from fresh carrots, zucchini, or bell peppers)
Whole-wheat bread or apple slices with peanut butter
Quesadillas (low-fat cheese melted in a whole-wheat tortilla)
Unsalted pretzels or air-popped popcorn
Baked (not fried) tortilla chips and salsa
Whole-wheat pita bread with hummus (dip made with chick peas)
Put fresh fruit in a bowl that’s easy to reach in the refrigerator or on the kitchen counter. This will make it easier for kids to grab a healthy snack.
Snack healthy on the go.
Take unsalted nuts and unsweetened dried fruits, fresh vegetables, or fresh 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 snack directly out of the bag or box.
Drink water, milk (fat-free or low-fat), or 100% fruit juice instead of soda or fruit-flavored drinks.