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Kid Snacks

Kids can be quiet a handful and getting them to Eat healthy stuff can be quiet a nightmare, because all they want to do once they get back from school is to lounge around with a pack of fried potato chips or a bar of chocolate. This Unhealthy habit of Snacking on Junk food is has raised the Obesity levels in America today. 9 out of 10 obese people will tell you how all their fat is thanks to food as opposed to the commonly held view of hereditary being a major part of it. How then do you convince the little devils to eat healthy snacks?
Why, you trick them of course. Feed them on ‘Sneak Snacks’ that are altered to be healthier than they actually should be. Don’t get it? Take a look.
  • Its not likely that your kid id going to eat raw vegetables if you just placed them in front of him or for that matter a boring low fat sandwich however finger foods are popular with most kids—raw vegetables with dip and sandwiches cut into shapes are a child pleaser.

  • Instead of buying pre-packaged cookies, bake your own using low fat honey instead of sugar. Kids love cookies and they are going to eat then anyways, the least you can do is make sure that they are not eating the one’s loaded with sugar.

  • Modify your recipes, for instance instead of the regular devilled eggs, make eggs with a healthy filling like paprika and potato flakes. Kids like to play with their food and garnish it and they’ll just fall for this one.

  • When serving them fruits, serve it in bite sized portions so that it’s easier for them to eat. If it requires peeling then peel it before giving it to your kid.

  • Limit chips and other salty, high-fat snacks. Instead, offer baked pretzels, air-popped popcorn, dry cereal, granola or low-fat cheese and whole grain crackers.

Young children need more energy than they can consume during a single meal. Nutritious, well-planned snacks are a vital part of your child's diet and can account for as much as 20 percent of your child's daily energy and nutrient needs. Think of kids' snack time as a planned mini meal and not a spur of the moment indulgence. Deciding when, how much and what types of snack foods to serve your children are important considerations in planning your child's overall diet.

You can start by involving your child in planning a healthy diet by offering many nutritious options. Develop a list of possible food choices, and then allow your child help choose the snacks that are purchased. Even if your children do not go to the supermarket with you, they can be involved in deciding which snacks to buy. Children feel better when they have something to say about what they eat, and you can avoid snack time battles if you allow them to have some input in their food choices.

Teach your children about The Food Guide Pyramid and allow your children to participate in meal preparation. Reinforce the importance of selecting a variety of foods each day. During mealtimes, ask your child to identify which food groups are represented on their plate.