As a parent, it is important to pack the right snacks that are healthy and provide what children and teenagers need most. Below, I will outline some of the best ways and tips to buy the best snacks for your children.
The Grocery Store
Here are some snack and ideas and suggestions you might want to look out for while going to the grocery store to buy some tasty, but also healthy snacks for your kids.
- Check out the fruit section. See what is in season during this time of year. Is there a good deal on bananas? What about apples or oranges? Fruits are important to get into a children’s diet from a young age. Perhaps you may want to buy some fruit to slice up or give to your children for school.
- Next, stop at the vegetable section. Carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, or celery are great options to pack into your children’s lunch or snack. Rinse the vegetables and cut them up into small sizes for your kid to munch on. Try adding some hummus, a small serving of salad dressing, or even a serving of a nut butter to accompany those veggies.
- Buy baked chips instead of fried. Regular potato chips can be substituted with baked potato chips. It often saves a lot of additional fat and satisfies the need for some chips. Check out if there are any other sort of baked chips, like veggie straws, pretzel thins, or even quinoa chips. You will never know if your kids likes them if you don’t try.
- Check for protein. Protein is essential to have in your snacks and meals because it keeps the stomach satisfied longer. When you pick out a snack, check to see if there is any protein. For example, peanut butter graham crackers and a bag of cookies may have the same amount of fat or calories, however, the peanut butter crackers may have more protein than bag of cookies does.
- Carbs and proteins should be somewhat balanced. When purchasing a processed food, check the back of the box or container for its nutritional information. When viewing the carbohydrates and protein, check for a balance. Often times, there may be a few more carbs than proteins, and that’s okay. But, for example, if you see that there are 25 grams of carbs in a serving next to only 2 grams of protein, you may want to consider finding something with more balance or more protein. Additional protein will keep your child feeling fuller.
- Avoid too much sugar. A child between the ages 4-8 should not receive more than 3 teaspoons of sugar a day. A teenager should not receive more than 5-8 teaspoons of sugar a day. Three teaspoons is approximately equal to 14.3 grams. Beware when buying processed food with high sugar to not grab anything that exceeds the maximum daily amount of sugar for your child.
- Avoid carbonated or sugary drinks for daily use. Carbonated drinks and soda contain a lot of sugar and provide no sustainable energy for the body. In one can of soda alone, there are 39 grams of sugar. That is almost half the amount of the maximum amount of sugar recommended for teenagers. Allow your child, if he or she desires, to have no more than one soda or sugary drink per week. This will prevent the risk of diabetes. The less soda, the better.
- Emphasis on water. The average person needs about 64 ounces of water a day. For young kids, this amount only increases because of how much they are active and sweat during the day. Fill up a bottle of water before they go to school, camp, or practice everyday. Make sure they drink plenty of water to avoid headaches and dehydration.
- Buy easy-to-pack yogurt cup or bottles. Yogurt contains a lot of good bacteria for the body. This is why both children and adults should consume yogurt regularly. Check out the yogurt flavors that are kid friendly. Yogurt also has a lot of good protein. Just make sure that when buying yogurt, you pick ones that do not exceed the recommended sugar intake for your child.
- Buy milk cartons or pack in a bottle. Milk is important for any adolescent to drink. It has calcium that provides for strong bones and also supports teeth growth. Calcium is important to receive early on because as a person ages, his or her body will rely on pre-consumed calcium to support their bones. Milk cartons are available buy, or perhaps you may want to pack milk in a bottle for your child at school.
I hope you enjoyed reading this blog. If you have any additional questions or comments, feel free to comment below or send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for your suggestions, and I really hoped that this helped. Remember that children develop healthy eating habits early on. Purchasing the right food is one of the ways to fueling your child with the right energy and brain power for the day.
Have an awesome week!