Healthy Snacking

Monday, October 29, 2012

During adolescence, your childs body needs more nutrients to grow as it should. Snacks are a terrific way to satisfy that hunger and get all the vitamins and nutrients your body needs. But its important to be smart with snacks, as Dr. Edward Hill explains in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

If your children cant tear themselves away from snacks, theyre not alone. Snacks provide more than a fourth of the calories that American children consume, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Even if your child takes time to eat three meals a day, he or she may still feel hungry at times. Whats the answer? Healthy snacks. Snacking on nutritious food can keep your energy level high and your mind alert without taking up a lot of your time.

Snacking can lead to weight gain or obesity because those tidbits arent satisfying enough to replace meals but simply add to the daily caloric intake. In addition, children may have no idea how much theyre munching, according to research.

But smart snacking can be healthful. Make it the house rule that kids cant snack while watching television. Keep fresh fruit and cut-up vegetables available for vitamin-rich, low-calorie snacks, and if you do buy chips and cookies, opt for single-serve packages.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.