Sensible Snacking

How to incorporate healthy treats

Kids may crave salty chips, sugary sodas and caloric cookies at snack time. But the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) urges families to incorporate healthier treats in kids’ diets, such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains and nuts. All it takes is a little creativity and a well-stocked kitchen.

Here are some ideas to get you started:

Dip carrot spears, celery sticks and jicama (a crunchy, potatolike veggie from Mexico) in low-fat dressing.

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Put Greek-style yogurt, skim milk and fresh berries in the blender for a tropical smoothie.
Serve hummus, a dip made from chickpeas, with whole-wheat pita bread triangles.
Make trail mix from nuts, dried fruit, low-fat cereal and chocolate bits.
Toss hot popcorn with grated Parmesan cheese.

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For more ideas on healthy eating, visit AND’s website: