Healthy Snacks

Thursday, October 09, 2014

Serving healthy snacks to children is important to providing good nutrition and supporting lifelong healthy eating habits. Dr. Edward Hill has some tips to help parents who are searching for healthy snack options in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Smart snacking can help children meet daily nutrient requirements that may be missed at meal times. Children may need snacks to help them get enough calories to provide energy for them throughout the day. So, choosing healthy foods that add nutrientswithout excessive caloriesis essential.

Here are some tips for providing healthy snacks for your children:

To avoid weight gain, keep portions small.

Pre-portion your childs snacks into small plastic bags to grab on the go or put a snack-sized serving on a plate.

Combine snacks from at least two food groups, like a protein and a carbohydrate, to pack more nutrients into your childs diet. It will be more filling and will tide them over until the next meal.

Adding 1 percent or skim milk to cereal or peanut butter to crackers or fruit is an easy way to add calcium and protein to an otherwise carbohydrate-only snack.

If chosen carefully, snacks can promote good health by supplying nutrients without adding too many calories.

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