Empower Your Grade Schooler's Snacking

by Roberta Duyff, MS RDN FAND From American Dietetic Association Complete Food and Nutrition Guide, 3rd ed. (New Jersey: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2006)

Empower Your Grade Schooler's Snacking

Here's the key to healthful food choices: very visible, convenient, effortless — great taste. Follow these seven how-tos for smart snacking:

  1. Ask your kids what food-group foods they'd like to have on hand. Buy them!
  2. "Walk" your kids through the kitchen so they know where these foods are kept.
  3. Keep fresh fruit on the counter where kids see it.
  4. Wash and cut up veggies ahead, so they're ready to eat.
  5. Use see through containers, clear plastic bags or containers covered with plastic wrap so kids can see what's inside.
  6. Put nutrient-rich food where kids can reach it, perhaps on lower shelves in your refrigerator, pantry or cabinet. Keep "sometimes" foods such as cookies and chips away in cabinets where they're less convenient to reach, especially for impulse eaters.
  7. Buy food in single-serve containers for grab-and-go eating ­— for example, milk, raisins, juice, fruit cups, pudding, baby carrots. "Single serve" are sensible portions.
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About the author:

Roberta L Duyff MS RDN FAND

Roberta Duyff, MS RDN FAND

Author of "Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Complete Food and Nutrition Guide, Fourth Edition" and "365 Days of Healthy Eating from the American Dietetic Association" (both published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc., New Jersey).




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