When kids are in the growing up phase, parents are more focused on teaching the right habits and manners, thus eating habits often get neglected. Being very active, children tend to pick up an extra snack anytime during the day between his regular meals.
These snacks, if planned properly, can add to your child’s nutrition and energy value. But if your child tends to reach for junk foods for snacks, this can lead to grave problems, like child obesity and oral disease.
Since children have a fast-paced life, they often pick cookies, chips, candies and colas to buy with their pocket money. While these foods can help your child to get adjusted to outside food, excessive intake of this type of food could result in health issues in the future. Ingesting foods that are high in sodium and preservatives can lead to liver malfunction and other digestive system problems.
Obesity or an overly lean frame is only an aftermath. It is, therefore, the parent’s responsibility to monitor their children’s snack habits to see that whatever they eat in between meals should not be crossing approximately 150 calories.
Some ideas on healthy snacks for kids are:
- Whole Grain Foods – tortillas, whole-grain cereals and pretzels
- Raw Fruits and Vegetables – baby carrots, pineapple, cranberries, apples
- Breakfast Food – scrambled eggs, whole wheat toast
To ensure that your child is getting enough nutrients from his food, it is always a good idea to check the contents of his plate – and yours. Keep in mind that children look up to their parents as role models. Maintaining a diet full of fiber and protein will keep you and your children full and reduce cravings for unhealthy food.
You can gradually help your child develop a snack habit around fruits like apples, oranges and pear. Introduce him to cereal bars, baked chips, yogurt and popcorn which are low in preservatives. Not only will you keep yourself healthy and fit, you’ll be teaching your children the right snack habits as well.