10 Tips For Healthy Snacking
November 14th, 2016
Snack time can be challenging, particularly when ripping open a bag seems easier than food prep. But thanks to our friends at the USDA and their MyPlate website, we’ve got 10 tips to help you serve up delicious and healthy snacks for you and your family any time.
Snacks can help children get the nutrients needed to grow and maintain a healthy weight. Prepare single-serving snacks for younger children to help them get just enough to satisfy their hunger. Let older kids make their own snacks by keeping healthy foods in the kitchen. Visit the children’s section of ChooseMyPlate to help you and your kids select a satisfying snack.
Save time by slicing veggies: Store sliced vegetables in the refrigerator and serve with dips like hummus or low-calorie dressing. Top half a whole-wheat English muffin with spaghetti sauce, chopped vegetables, and low-fat shredded mozzarella and melt in the microwave.
Mix it up: For older school-age kids, mix dried fruit, unsalted nuts, and popcorn in a snack-size bag for a quick trail mix. Blend plain fat-free or low-fat yogurt with 100% fruit juice and frozen peaches for a tasty smoothie.
Grab a glass of milk: A cup of low-fat or fat-free milk or milk alternative (soy milk) is an easy way to drink a healthy snack.
Go for great whole grains: Offer whole-wheat breads, popcorn, and whole-oat cereals that are high in fiber and low in added sugars, saturated fat, and sodium. Limit refined-grain products such as snack bars, cakes, and sweetened cereals.