Snacks for Kids: Smart Ideas

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Be smart when stocking your kitchen with snacks for kids.

The world of snacks for kids is delicious and helpful. Snacks keep kids quiet, keeps them from whining less and keeps them happy and fed. Meanwhile, you don’t want to over-do them or you’ll have a child who doesn’t eat the balanced meals you work so hard to prepare. Take a look at our quick snack lists to be sure you’re filling your pantry and fridge with things you don’t have to worry about for your kids.

GOOD SNACKS
(Permit these!)
American cheese
Baby carrots
Baked potato
Unsugary cereal
Chocolate milk
Eggs
Fruit
Veggies
Hummus
Orange juice
Peanut butter
Sweet potato
Tortillas
Whole-wheat bread
Yogurt

 

NOT-SO-GOODSNACKS
(Limit these!)
Cake
Chicken nuggets
Chips
Doughnuts
French fries
Fruit leather
Hot dogs
Ice Cream
Juice-flavored drinks
Pizza
Prepackaged lunches
Soda
Sugar-coated cereals
Toaster pastries

 

Some of kids’ favorite snacks with their nutritional content.
What do YOU choose for your kids and how much?

 

 

potato chips
200 calories
per 13 chips = 10 g of fat

 

 

 

 

Coke
140 calories
one can = 39 g of sugar

 

 

 

Oreos
160 calories
per three cookies = 37.5 percent from fat; 25 g carbs

 

 

 

chewy granola bar
100 calories
one bar = 3 grams of fat; 17 g carbs

 

 

 

red grapes
104 calories
one cup = no fat; 23 g natural sugars

 

 

 

pop tart
200 calories
one tart = 60 calories from fat

 

MOM SMART:

• avoid the lure of low-fat foods which have a lot of sugar
• avoid the lure of low-carb foods, which sometimes have more calories from fat
• avoid refined and processed foods when possible — choose whole foods

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