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Healthy snacks for your family


Avoid eating popcorn and reach for a healthy snack instead

The wrong snacks are easy to quickly grab as you run out the door. A bag of potato chips, or a chocolate candy bar are delicious snacks of course, but they aren’t healthy for you. Healthy snacks may take longer to put together but in the long run they will do your body a lot of good. Make a few healthy snacks and keep them handy if you are having the munchies.
Yogurt: Yogurt is very healthy and is always ready in the fridge when you need it. Encourage your child and yourself to reach for a yogurt when you are feeling the urge to snack. Make sure you keep the yogurt near the front of the fridge so it easily accessible. To make it extra tasty stir in some granola pieces.
Nuts: Nuts are a great source of protein and also contain a good amount of iron. If you purchase nuts by pound be sure to have miniature snack bags filled with nuts in the pantry and out in the open for your child to take along for the bus ride.
Energy Bars: There are many energy bars that are great for your entire family. Be sure to look at the ingredients and choose none that has the nutrients and not the sugar. Clif Z Bars are great as they are organic and contain 300 mg of calcium.
Your young child should be taking in 1,800-2,400 calories a day as a boy and 1,600-2,000 calories a day. It is extremely important for your child to intake these amounts of calories daily.  Too little may be unhealthy and too many calories may lead to obesity.

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