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Snack Attack!

Posted on October 19, 2015 08:38 am

Each year the average American eats 405 savory snacks, 366 sweet snacks and 357 healthier snacks. Since 2006, healthier snacks like fruit, nuts and protein bars are up 14% while sweet snacks are down 6%.

When kids are ravenous after school or soccer practice they should have a choice of healthy snacks. Instead of filling them with empty calories they can choose fun and kid friendly fruit and veggie alternatives such as:

Frozen berries and yogurt

Crisp apple wedges

Frozen green and red grapes

Veggie sticks

Sliced peaches or nectarines

Celery sticks with peanut or almond butter

Kiwi cups

Fresh fruit and cheese cubes

Other crunchy choices include radishes, broccoli spears, cauliflower, zucchini slices and unsalted rice cakes.

Munchy choices include unsalted sunflower seeds, whole grain breads or toast, cherry or grape tomatoes, unsalted almonds or walnuts.

Sweet choices can be baked apples, raisins, dried fruit gelatin, thin slices of angel food cake and unsweetened canned fruit, frozen bananas and grapes.

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Veggie Appeal

Posted on October 19, 2015 08:37 am

One way to make vegetables more appealing is to serve them with a dip or dressing. Try a low fast salad dressing with raw broccoli, red, orange and green bell peppers, celery sticks or cauliflower.

Grill vegetables as part of a barbecue meal. Try tomatoes, peppers, onion and eggplant.

Add color to salads by adding baby carrots, shredded red cabbage, spinach, cucumber, red bell pepper strips and broccoli florets.

Children are more interested in their food if they get to help shop, clean, peel and cut up vegetables. A strong plastic knife is usually all a child needs to get chopping.

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