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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.

Sliced carrots and celery presented with bowl of creamy dressing

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Put Greek-style yogurt, skim milk and fresh berries in the blender for a tropical smoothie. Strawberry smoothie in clear glass with real strawberries adorning
Serve hummus, a dip made from chickpeas, with whole-wheat pita bread triangles. Green bowl of hummus with paprika, parsley and lemon
Make trail mix from nuts, dried fruit, low-fat cereal and chocolate bits. Dried fruit and nuts
Toss hot popcorn with grated Parmesan cheese.

White bowl filled with popcorn

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