We recently asked our Facebook fans to share their healthy snack ideas. Our question was triggered by a University of North Carolina study that found kids consume 27% of their daily calories from unhealthy snacks such as candy, salty chips and other junk food. This type of snacking adds 168 calories per day to kids’ caloric intake, according to the researchers. Here’s what a few of our FB fans wrote:
FB fan Susan Adena Jones:
I have a son with many food allergies, so I have to get creative. One day I mixed together cream cheese, soy nut butter, honey, and a splash of vanilla. All this I keep in a resealable container in the fridge. My boys love it. They eat it with apples, bananas, celery, carrots, whole grain toast. You can use it as a spread or a dip and it makes the veggies go down a lot easier.
FB fan Ashley Ruth Gove:
Any fruit – from apples to strawberries – with a simple vanilla yogurt dip makes fruit more fun. Find a healthy cereal that your kids actually pick and limit them to those types only…. cereal can be a snack when given in a small amount.
FB fan Brandy Kieffer:
My kids wouldn’t eat carrots. Then I told them to dip them in blue goo and they love them. (Blue goo – ranch dressing and food coloring)
FB fan Karen Cheslock Carbaugh:
Ants On A Log! Celery, peanut butter and raisins…yum!
You can also get even more tips from pediatric dietitian Kate Micucci, MS, RD/LD, of Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley, during a recent WFMJ TV-21 Healthy Living segment – http://bit.ly/aDT6w8.
For more quick and easy family recipes, go to http://bit.ly/dcAO28. The recipes include tasty meals and snacks for everyday living as well as scrumptious recipes geared toward lactose intolerance, diabetes, cystic fibrosis and vegetarianism.
We’d also love to hear about your favorite healthy snack ideas.
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