Get Smart about Snacking

Posted on July 20, 2015
Our knowledge about nutrition has evolved beyond the old school pyramid. According to Food Business News, the perception about snacking has changed. Rather than something to avoid, they’re an opportunity to eat something good for you. When chosen from core food groups rather than starchy carbs that are also bad for the teeth, snacks are an opportunity to gain much-needed nutrients.
Mealtimes need not be confined to breakfast, lunch, and dinner, but smaller, healthier snacks eaten throughout the day. More and more people are catching on to how snacks can play a starring role in providing energy and nourishment. The good news—kids love them! Get the most out of snack-time with the following five tips:
  1. According to the Dairy Council of California, a third of millenials snack more than they did one year ago. Teens also report an increase in snacking. The snacks young people consume, however, tend to consist of sweets and sweetened beverages. This is where parents can step in with small changes that create a healthier snacking pattern in the long-run.
  2. Young children consume the recommended amounts of vegetables and fruits, but their intake drops when they reach school age and beyond. Don’t forget to keep these colorful, delicious fruits and veggies on your older kids’ plates!
  3. Iron deficiency is a concern for adolescents. Snacks rich in iron include roasted pumpkin seeds, almonds, grapefruits, strawberries, and broccoli.
  4. Incorporate more than one food group into your snacks for a greater variety of nutrients. For instance, pair your quesadillas with homemade salsa and plain yogurt with fresh fruit.
  5. Finding healthy snacks on the go can be a challenge. Stay prepared with kids in tow by making nutritious, precut snacks at home before you go.