Jeanne McDaniel from The Nutrition Source, LLC shares her best advice for smart snacking.
What is a healthy number of snacks for kids?
A good rule is for a child (and adults) to eat every two to four hours. For most children this will mean two snacks per day.
What are you favorite easy, healthy snacks for kids?
I always recommend that a snack be a healthy carbohydrate with a protein source, and the less processed, the better – no artificial flavorings or colorings. Some examples are carrots or other veggie sticks with hummus, fruits with nuts or seeds, or organic popcorn with a piece of string cheese.
What if kids always seem to want a snack?
If children are asking to eat more often than every two hours, then a parent should try to figure out if the child is just bored or are they truly still hungry. My trick is to offer only a vegetable if they are complaining of hunger but have eaten within the past few hours. If they are truly hungry, then they will take my offer!