Chances are you know that the U.S. has an obesity epidemic, but you may not be aware of how bad it’s gotten. Right now, more than two in three adults are considered overweight or obese, and one-third of children and adolescents ages six to 19 are considered overweight or obese. The most troubling part of it all is that overweight adolescents have a 70% chance of becoming overweight or obese adults.
Things don’t have to be this way, though. Here are a few healthy snack options you can offer your kids to help keep them healthy.
Whole Grain Cereals
Thanks to all their vitamins, calcium and fiber, whole grain cereals are one of the best healthy snack options around. Substitute whole milk for skim milk or soy milk, and it’s even healthier. If your kids are having a particularly strong craving for something sugary, put some dried fruits in there.
You might not think cheese would be one of the best healthy snack options, but thanks to its healthy amounts of protein, cheese can be a great way to fill kids up and keep their energy levels high until it’s time for dinner. Just be sure to choose one that’s low-fat.
What could be more healthy than some fresh fruit? Apples, bananas, strawberries, blueberries, oranges, grapes — you name it — all make excellent snacks for kids. Loaded with vitamins, nutrients, and in some cases antioxidants, fresh fruits are the perfect thing to give hungry kids.
These healthy snack options aren’t just for kids, either. Adults who might be having trouble losing weight can also replace their less healthy snacks with them, and start slimming down with a new and improved healthy nutrition plan, too.
If you have have any questions, have any other tips for healthy eating, know of some other healthy snack options, or just need some dietary help, feel free to share in the comments.
Adrien Paczosa is a Registered and Licensed Dietitian practicing in Austin, Texas and the surrounding counties.
She is the owner and founder of I Live Well Nutrition her Dietitian practice which started in 2007 and serves clients in the Austin, Texas area in two locations. Fearless Practitioners, the division of her business that offers training to dietitians and wellness professionals.