More Fruits and Vegetables
What your child eats and drinks for snacks can either propel them or hold them back, capsule especially in terms of school performance.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that the majority of snacks served to students should be fruits and vegetables, doctor since most kids do not eat the recommended amount of five to 13 servings per day. Fruits and vegetables increase the amount of vitamins A and C and fiber in your child’s diet and are less costly than junk food.
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, rx the average cost of a serving of fruit or vegetable (all types — fresh, frozen, and canned) is 25 cents per serving. That’s a steal of a deal compared to a $1 candy bar or bag of chips.
A snack food diet is hard to break if it has dominated your child’s eating habits throughout the summer. You can maintain a healthy variety of fruits and vegetables for snacking in various ways:
• Make fruit a regular evening occurrence. Instead of offering ice cream cones or cake after dinner, provide your kids with a variety of berries.
• Mini yogurt bars can be a charming way of encouraging your kids to eat more fruit. Set up a fruit station on your counter with strawberries, grapes and banana slices. Give your child a bowl full of yogurt and let them customize their snack.
• Salad makes for a healthful side item with a summer barbecue or cheeseburger. Opt for a bowl of leafy goodness over French fries and chips.
Turn Back the Trends
Choosing plenty of fruits, vegetables and water during snack periods is important to providing good nutrition, supporting lifelong healthy eating habits, and helping prevent heart disease, cancer and obesity. Just as important is cutting back on the consumption of other foods found to be harmful if depended upon as too large a portion of a child’s normal diet.
University of Illinois researchers reported this year that pizza is the second-leading source of calories in America’s children, trailing only desserts. The study found that pizza consumption was associated with higher intake of calories, saturated fat and sodium.