New Healthy Snacks for Kids and for Grown-ups

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With school back in session, a lot of the food related e-mail I’m getting is about healthy food for kids.  This article at Real Simple features 42 new snacks they recommend for kids AND grown-ups (why not?) and it includes prepacked items like healthy snack mixes and muffins, plus some quick home made things too.  They all look delicious and healthy, so I’m excited to try them.

They used this criteria to define healthy:

About 200 calories: This is enough to keep your metabolism humming, says Bethany Thayer, a registered dietitian in Detroit.

At least 3 grams of fiber: Fiber is digested slowly and helps sustain your energy. It also absorbs water and expands in your stomach to keep you full.

At least 5 grams of protein: “Protein releases a hormone in the body that increases satiety,” says Elisa Zied, a registered dietitian in New York City.

No more than 12 grams of fat: This will help ensure that you don’t get more than 20 to 35 percent of your daily calories from fat, which is the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s recommendation.

Be sure to click the link under the article’s main page, to go to their 2010 list of 24 more healthy snacks.


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