GOOD SNACKS FOR KIDS

What snacks are good for my child?

Fruits, vegetables, whole grains and low- or nonfat dairy also make good nutritious snacks for children. Here are some ideas for ways to serve these foods to your kids:

  Fruits:

  • Small pieces of fruit stirred into nonfat yogurt
  • Strawberries
  • Raisins
  • Grapes
  • Pineapple chunks
  • Orange or grapefruit sections
  • Bananas cooked lightly in apple juice
  • Apple slices with all natural peanut butter
  • Dried fruit mixes

Vegetables:

  • Carrot sticks
  • Celery sticks with all natural peanut butter
  • Raw broccoli and cauliflower florets with a low-fat dip or salsa
  • Cherry tomatoes

Protein:

  • 1% fat or fat-free cottage cheese or ricotta cheese
  • Water-packed tuna mixed with fat-free mayonnaise on top of celery sticks or whole-grain crackers
  • Fat-free yogurt topped with sunflower seeds, chopped dried fruit or a spoonful of oat bran
  • Unsalted almonds mixed with dried cranberries

Whole grains:

  • Cereals or cereal bars that are low in sugar and fat, and high in fiber and protein
  • Whole-grain crackers, breads or bagels

Sweets and desserts:

  • Fat-free frozen yogurt
  • Juice bars
  • Sherbet and sorbet

Source

Dietary Therapy for Children with Hypercholesterolemia by R Shamir, M.D., and EA Fisher, M.D., PH.D. (American Family PhysicianFebruary 01, 2000, http://www.aafp.org/afp/20000201/675.html )

Written by familydoctor.org editorial staff

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