by Toby Amidor in Food and Nutrition Experts, June 13, 2016
by Toby Amidor in Grocery Shopping, November 2, 2015
If you think all kids are looking to devour only junk food, think again! A National Mango Board snacking study, conducted in September 2015, surveyed 501 U.S. parents with children between the ages of 3 and 11, using Research Now’s online consumer panel; the results showed that 41 percent of children ask for fresh fruit more frequently than other snacks. So the next time your little one requests a snack, choose one of these healthy options.
Snack Versus Treat
Snacks are mini meals that should be provided if there is a long stretch of time between meals (about five hours). Snacks are a perfect opportunity for your child to take in the nutrients they need to help them grow and develop, including iron, protein, calcium and vitamin D. Treats, on the other hand, are non-nutritious foods — such as cookies and chips — that do not provide nutrients and should be consumed only once in a while. Read more
by Toby Amidor in Grocery Shopping, October 15, 2015
More kids are being diagnosed with celiac disease and are unable to eat foods containing gluten. Luckily, there are many more healthy options now available at the market. Here are our top picks of gluten-free snacks for your youngster to munch on. Read more
by Dana Angelo White in Healthy Tips, September 16, 2015
Sometimes, picking up a box of easy-to-tote snacks to toss in your child’s lunchbox can help make those crazy mornings just a little easier to handle. Here are seven healthy snack packs your kiddos will love. Read more
by Min Kwon, MS, RD in Healthy Recipes, September 14, 2015
This kiddie snack can be so much more than a lunchbox staple. Check out these clever hacks using lower lower-fat, part-skim mozzarella string cheese sticks. Read more
by Amy Chaplin in Healthy Recipes, September 10, 2015
It’s back-to-school time and stores are stocked with the essentials to gear up for the new school year, including convenient snacks to help fuel growing minds and bodies. With “all-natural,” “low-fat” and “low-sugar” labels becoming more and more prevalent, supposedly healthy snacks may seem like a great addition to your child’s lunchbox. But before you place one in your cart, take the time to read the ingredient list and nutrition label — you may be surprised by a long list of refined and artificial ingredients. Read more
by Silvana Nardone in Healthy Recipes, September 8, 2015
The combination of crunchy toasted seeds, creamy nut butter, and chewy millet and dates makes this protein bar both energizing and satisfying. Packed with superfoods like chia seeds, hemp seeds, flax seeds and cacao, it’s the perfect afternoon snack to get you and your family through until dinner. I also added some maca root powder (a South American superfood), but you could add any other superfood or protein powders you like, or simply leave it out. Read more
by Toby Amidor in Healthy Tips, August 17, 2015
This school year, why not up the healthy standards of your kids’ snacks? Sure, there are choices everywhere on supermarket shelves, but none are as healthy as the ones you can control yourself — and cook up in your own kitchen. When you’re popping popcorn, shaping pizza crust and rolling oat balls, your kids will want to get in on the snack-making fun, and before you know it, they’ll be asking to make more. Bonus: The whole family gets to spend some quality time together. Read more
by Toby Amidor in Healthy Recipes, Kid-Friendly, June 26, 2013
When your kids arrive home from school, they can often be super-hungry. It’s the perfect time to give them a healthy snack filled with nutrients needed for proper growth and development. You might want to think twice about what you’re serving, though, as what you think is healthy unfortunately might be anything but. These seemingly good-for-you snacks aren’t as healthy as you think. Read more
by Katie Cavuto-Boyle in Kid-Friendly, April 27, 2013
If you’re looking to up your kids’ veggie intake, read this! A new study found that serving vegetables alongside dip leads to munching on more veggies. Interestingly, kids were also found to prefer dips flavored with herbs and spices over plain, more bland dips.
A 2013 study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics found that adding herbs or spices to a reduced-fat dip increased a child’s willingness to eat veggies. The portion-controlled 3 ½ tablespoon dips served to the kids had 50 calories, 4 grams of fat and 90 milligrams of sodium.
Pre-school children ages 3 to 5 years told researchers from the Center for Childhood Obesity Research at Pennsylvania State University that they liked veggies when paired with a favorite flavored dip compared to eating a veggie without a dip or with a plain dip. Thirty-one percent of kids liked a veggie alone while 64% liked a veggie when it was served with their favorite dip. In addition, 6% of kids refused the vegetable when served with a flavored dip as compared with 18% who refused the veggie when served without any dip.
During a second experiment, researchers found that kids ate significantly more of a previously rejected or disliked veggie when it was offered with a favorite reduced-fat herb dip compared to when it was offered alone.
My 22-month-old, Hudson, is a great eater as far as I’m concerned. But that doesn’t mean he won’t dive into a bag of Goldfish crackers and devour them all. It takes a certain amount of effort to offer our little ones snacks that are nutrient rich and likeable. Sure, its easy to fall into the rut of Cheerios, cookies and crackers and there is a place for all of this in a balanced diet. I also believe our kids learn to like the foods we give them regularly. So try these healthy snacks out for size and your little one will benefit from the added nutrition a cracker doesn’t always have.
- Beans: Like a Cheerio, beans are a great, packable, finger food. Having a cabinet full of canned beans like chickpeas and black beans is as simple as being stocked up on cereal. Pop open a can, rinse the beans and offer them as part of a meal or packaged in a baggie as a snack for on-the-go. Packed with fiber, protein and lots of nutrients this is a no-brainer. Plus, soft beans like cannellini are easy on gums.
- Dried Fruit: A great alternative to fruit snacks, dried fruits like apples and cherries are a tasty finger food that have a good shelf life, pack easily and of source are loaded with antioxidants and nutrition. Look for no or low-sugar options. Read more