Snacks are small service of food and generally eaten between meals. It come in a variety of forms including packaged snack foods and other processed foods, as well as items made from fresh ingredients at home. Snacks include: fruits, nuts, sandwiches, potato chips, juice among others.
Snacking during the day is an excellent way to stay energized and alert during your busiest moments. Choosing delicious treats that are packed with nutrients, vitamins, and minerals will fuel your body and keep your blood sugar levels steady. Some studies have shown that healthy snacks prevent you from overeating at meals.
Below are some tips:
1. For a handy snack, keep cut-up fruits and vegetables like carrots, peppers, or orange slices in the refrigerator.
2. Make water a staple of snack time. Try adding a slice of lemon, lime, or a splash of 100% juice to your water for a little flavor.
3. Teach children the difference between everyday snacks, such as fruits and veggies, and occasional snacks, such as cookies or other sweets.
4. Pack your child’s lunch bag with fruits and veggies: sliced apples, a banana, or carrot sticks are all healthy options. You could also add whole grains and fat-free or low-fat dairy products.
Note: Remember to always take healthy snacks into your child’s classroom for birthday parties and celebrations, instead of providing sugary treats.