Snacks: When, what, and how much?

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September 25, 2012 by thehealthyheartcenter

We always have questions from parents about snacking – what are the best choices?  How much?  How many snacks per day?  The general recommendations are as follows:

  1. Children and teens should have a snack or meal every 3-4 hours
  2. Children need three meals and two snacks per day
  3. Older kids need three meals and at least one snack per day (more if they are very physically active)
  4. Offer snacks a few hours after one meal ends and about one to two hours before the next meal begins
  5. Limit snacks to one area of your house – the “snacking zone”
  6. Avoid other activities while snacking, especially TV!

A few examples of snacks include:

1 small orange and 7-10 almonds

1 small apple and 1 tbsp peanut butter

1 small apple and 1/3 cup yogurt

1/2 cup cucumber slices and 1 tbsp humus

1/2 cup carrot sticks and 2 tbsp low-calorie dressing

1 slice of toast topped with 1/3 banana

Continue to follow our blog for more snack suggestions!

Reference: http://www.kidseatright.org

~The Healthy Heart Team

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One thought on “Snacks: When, what, and how much?

  1. Julia Casey says:

    Awesome snack ideas!!

    my go-to snack after a long day of classes is 1/2 cup Greek yogurt with berries and low fat granola!

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