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Healthy Snacks for Kids

Aug 14, 2014 11:03AM ● By Ashley Tunstall

Children’s nutrition is just as important—if not more important—than adult nutrition. Kid’s bodies and brains grow rapidly and proper nutrition is essential for stabilizing their energy and evening out their moods. Yet we see so much junk food marketed to children on TV and even provided in their homes and in schools. Fortunately, kids often prefer to snack than eat whole meals and healthy snacks are a good way to sneak more nutrient dense food into their diets. Here are three tips for creating healthy snacks and motivating kids to eat them.

1 Choose real, unprocessed, whole foods as snacks. Although it is hard to get kids to eat vegetables, some are more palatable than others such as avocados, tomatoes, cucumbers and carrots. Accompaniments such as nut butters, yogurt dips, and cheese help make the veggies more appealing.

2 Let your child choose a fruit and a vegetable at the grocery store or farmers’ market. This makes eating the food seem more like a choice than an assigned chore.

3 Don’t order off the kid’s menu. Many restaurants do not feature vegetables or healthy foods on the kid’s menu. However they often provide options for adding sides to a meal such as rice or green beans and can easily prepare a protein such as chicken breast or a beef patty.

There are many other ways to get creative with healthy snacks for kids. For recipes visit

Ashley Tunstall is a certified nutritional consultant at Envision Personalized Health, located at 4620 Alvarado Canyon Rd, Suite 14, San Diego. For more details, call 619-229-9695.