Healthy Bites

After-school snacks help round out nutrition

Posted: Wednesday, September 26, 2007

When your kids run in the door after a day at school, a snack usually is the first thing on their minds.

Be sure to encourage and offer your children healthy snack foods, which should include some carbohydrates and a little protein.

For the greatest variety of nutrients, try to incorporate whole grains, fruits, vegetables or beans into your kids' snack-eating plan.

Some ideas include:

* A bean burrito

* A cheese quesadilla with salsa and lettuce

* A yogurt and fruit smoothie with graham crackers

* A bowl of whole-grain cereal topped with sliced fruit and milk

* A small salad with sliced deli meat, tuna or beans

* Fruit, cheese and whole-grain crackers.

For more healthful children's snack ideas as well as the most-reliable food and nutrition information, contact a dietetics professional.

This tip was provided by Kelley Steen, clinical dietitian at Central Peninsula Hospital, courtesy of the American Dietetic Association's public relations team.

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