STLMoms: Kids and bad snacking habits

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(KTVI)-  Have you heard of the saying, “We are what we eat?” The average child snacks up to six times a day and is getting almost 600 calories a day from it.

Jen McDaniels with The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics gives us the three W’s of a snack attack. She also tells us how to create a healthy snack routine for your children.

WHAT:
Seek out whole foods like fruits, vegetables, low-fat dairy, and whole-grains can help snacks fill in nutrient gaps they might have in their day.  
 
Also, think in pairs: combining celery with peanut butter, or hard boiled egg ½ with some cheese, banana dipped in yogurt.

WHEN: Create a snacking schedule:
Kids who are allowed to graze all day long often have a hard time figuring out when they’re truly hungry.
Think about an eating schedule that works well for the lifestyle of your own family and offer the meals and snacks at the same times each day, and your kids can decide what they want to eat and how much.
 
To keep things easy for you, you might decide to do a fruit & dip for the am snack, a dairy and grain for an afternoon snack and a whole grain after dinner.

WHERE:
It is our job as parents teach our children how to eat mindfully.  While my own car seat could attest that I often feed my child snacks in the car, the ideal place to eat anything is at the kitchen table.
 
We should also encourage our children to plate their snacks.
 
Keep healthy snacks front & center in your pantry and fridge to make healthier choices easier for your older children who might prepare snacks for themselves.

For more information visit: mcdanielnutrition.com

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