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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