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Healthy Snacking Habits That Parents Must Follow

Healthy Snacking Habits That Parents Must Follow

There are a few healthy snacking habits that you should follow. This will not only ensure that you eat the right food but will also ensure that you eat the right amount of food and in the right way.

  • It is important to snack when you are hungry. This will ensure that your body does not lack the essential nutrients that are necessary to move on. 
  • Moreover, it is also important to remember that a snack is not a meal and therefore should be taken in small portion. To ensure that you maintain the portion as desired you should always avoid eating fromthe packet or box directly. Instead, you should eat from a small bowl or a plate so that you can see how much you are consuming.
  • In addition to that, you should refrain from snacking while you are watching TV, reading or working and for kids while playing on a computer. These are all factors that will result in overeating resulting in weight gain or under eating resulting in weight loss as well as loss of nutrient measure. 

Most importantly, you should eat healthy snack items at all times. Avoid fried or canned food as far as possible as these contain elements in the food that are harmful for your health.

Snacks at work

There are a few specific snacks that you should keep at work. These snack items will help you to deal with the hunger pangs as well as keep you fill for a long time so that you can focus on your job in hand. Some of the food items to keep in your drawer include:

  • One medium sized fresh fruit such as anapple, a banana, a pear, or an orange
  • 60 mL or 1/4 cupof unsalted nuts
  • Two cups or 500 mL of plain popcorn
  • 60 mL or 1/4 cup of roasted soy nuts
  • Trail mix made from 30 grams or 1 ounce of unsweetened whole grain cereal with one tablespoon or 15 mL each of raisins and unsalted nuts and
  • A single serve unsweetened applesauce sprinkled with one tablespoon or 15 mL of unsalted slivered almonds.

While on the move you can have a few specific types of snacks in your bag as well. These include:

  • 250 mL or 1 cupof veggies such as celery sticks, carrots or cherry tomatoes and hummus
  • A slice of whole grain bread along with one tablespoon or 15 mL of peanut or almond butter
  • A pack of plain dried fruit and nut bar with little or no added sugar and
  • A small homemade muffin or a granola bar.
  • All these will help you to meet the hunger till you reach home to have a full meal or have lunch in your office.

Snacks to have at home

When it comes to home snacks selection you must be all the more careful especially if you have kids at home. Kids especially will like to have anything and everything almost all the time and there will be some that will not have anything even after long hours of gap. Therefore, make sure that your kitchen cabinet includes:

  • Baby carrots and hummus
  • Yogurt
  • Berry parfait
  • Fresh or frozen berries
  • Rye crackers
  • Cheese
  • Smoothie made with low-fat yogurt
  • Skim milk
  • Fortified soy beverage
  • A few favorite fruits for all members of the family
  • High fiber cereal
  • Sliced or unsliced sweet peppers and
  • Guacamole dip.

The bottom line is that all snacks that you stack in your home or carry to your office must be nutritious foods as snacks are the healthy part of your daily food intake. Always keep healthy snacks on hand to eat when hunger strikes because this is the time when you will often be tempted to have unhealthy, fried and sugary food items.

Healthy snack ideas

Snacks do not need to be unhealthy all the times. There are a plethora of snacking items that are healthy for kids and adults alike and will give the important nutrients to the body as well as satisfy the hunger between two meals.You may try these healthy snack ideas.

  • Celery with peanut butter and raisins or “ants on a log” is a good snack choice
  • Fresh, frozen, canned or dried fruits are also equally good choice
  • Fat-free or low-fat yogurt with no added sugars
  • Fruit and yogurt smoothie made tastier with fruit juice
  • Wholegrain crackers
  • Low-fat cheese
  • Vegetable “matchsticks” of fresh carrots, bell peppers or zucchini
  • Hummus or chickpeas dip
  • Wholewheat bread
  • Rice cakes
  • Apple slices with peanut butter
  • Wholewheat tortilla
  • Black beans
  • Air-popped popcorn
  • Dried fruit
  • Unsalted nuts
  • Homemade trail mix
  • Fat-free or low-fat milk
  • Low sodium tortilla chips dipped in salsa and
  • Mini whole wheat pizza with spaghetti sauce and chopped vegetables along with low-fat shredded cheese.

At home, make sure that you keep the snack items especially the fresh fruits in such a place that is easy for the kids to reach such as on the kitchen table or on lower racks in the refrigerator.

On the go

You must also snack healthy on the go. For this you must store specific snack items such as:

  • Unsalted nuts
  • Unsweetened dried fruits
  • Fresh vegetables or fruits and
  • Low-fat string cheese sticks.

Carry these in small baggies or reusable containers to take your snacks on the go. Make sure you set proper snacking rules on the go especially if there are kids in the group. Teach them to ask before they start helping themselves to snacks.

While on the move you will need to stay hydrated and therefore you should drink lots of water and kids should drink fat-free or low-fat milk and 100% fruit and vegetable juice. Any fruitflavored drink or soda is an absolute no-no especially for kids.

Last but not least, when you are travelling with make sure that you do not go to a park leaving the snack bag behind. In a park, kids will never go out of style. With lots of running, chasing, climbing and sliding, they will inevitably get hungry and very hungry and thirsty.

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