Do your kids come home from school or play roaring like a bear that they are hungry and looking for a snack? My boys frequently do. While on their rampage through the home looking for something yummy to each, they often stop at grabbing sweets and junk for a snack, which doesn’t give them any fuel for energy. Here are some tips on how to pick smart snacks that will fill their need to munch and snacks you can feel good about, too.
How to Pick Smart Snacks
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Check Those Labels – Certain snacks might appear like a decent snack at first glance, but you might be surprised if you flip over the package. Watch the labels to understand appropriate portion sizes and what ingredients are hiding inside.
Avoid Chips and Snack Mix – It might not take too much thought to consider that potato chips and similar varieties probably aren’t the best snacking choice. Have you ever considered that tortilla chips are right up there in the same realm as unhealthy as are pre-packaged snack mix. Make your own homemade snack mixes, instead, where you know exactly what is going into the mix and how much to serve.
Make Popcorn “Right” – Popcorn can be a great snack! It’s filling, fun, and you can munch on quite a bit of popcorn with relatively low calories and carbs. However, store bought overloaded with butter popcorn isn’t the healthiest choice. Instead, pop your own popcorn with an air popper and moderate what you put on top to make it a great choice for an after-school snack.
Make Veggies Fun – Vegetables are a great snack for being filling and healthy in one, but often kids will reject plain vegetables. Instead, make your veggies fun by presenting them in unique ways, adding a healthy dip like hummus or peanut butter, or cooking the veggies for a different approach.
Use Variety – Simply offering different snacks from day to day can go a long ways in giving your child a variety of nutrients and keeping snack time fresh and interesting. Try different fruits, veggies, and grains. A simple slice of toast can make a simple, filling snack. Go for a hard boiled egg the next day. Follow that with a dish of cottage cheese and peaches after that. Your kids will love the variety and may be more willing to try different things each day.
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