School snacks as we know them are changing. The days are numbered for candy, snack cake and most cookies currently sold in vending machines and cafeteria lines.
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TIPS FOR GETTING YOUR KIDS TO DIG EATING HEALTHY
1. Have the kids make their own snacks for lunch.
2. Use small baggies and large chips so less fit in.
3. Have kids bring home what they don’t eat so you can discuss if they liked or didn’t like something.
4. It’s OK to give less healthy snacks on certain days — like field trips when everything has to be disposable.
5. Use colorful containers — kids love them and that encourages eating the food inside.
Source: Dr. Stephanie Walsh, medical director of child wellness at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta
160 CALORIE (OR LESS) HEALTHY SNACKS
1 cup carrots and 3 tablespoons hummus (125 calories)
Small whole-wheat pita bread and 3 tablespoons hummus (149 calories)
1 cup celery and 1 1/2 tablespoons peanut butter (155 calories)
1/2 cup plain low-fat yogurt and 1 cup strawberries (123 calories)
1 cup grapes and a hard-boiled egg (140 calories)
1 orange (or 20 grapes) and 1 string cheese (139 calories)
1 medium banana and 1 cup of air-popped popcorn (or 1 rice cake) (140 calories)
20 almonds (138 calories)
1 cup toasted oats cereal and 1/2 cup fat-free milk (145 calories)
1/2 whole-wheat English muffin with 2 tablespoons tomato sauce and 3 tablespoons mozzarella (138 calories)
Whole-wheat mini bagel and 1 tablespoon low-fat cream cheese (140 calories)
12 baby carrots and 1 tablespoon of almond butter (140 calories)
1 slice of whole-grain bread topped with 1 teaspoon nut butter (peanut butter/almond butter/cashew butter) and a sliced banana (140 calories)
140 CALORIE (OR LESS) SNACKS AS OCCASIONAL “TREATS”
1/2 cup vanilla frozen yogurt with 1/2 cup strawberries (137 calories)
12 baked tortilla chips and 1/2 cup salsa (132 calories)
2 cups kettle corn popcorn (about 140, sometimes less depending on brand)
Note: Experts say just how often parents should serve a treatlike snack is an individual choice, but they suggest parents think about how often they are serving it now and aim for somewhere around once per week.
Source: Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta’s Strong4Life.com