Helping your child choose healthy snacks boosts their chance of meeting daily nutritional needs — and maintaining a healthy body weight. According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 17 percent of children and teens ages 2 to 19 are classified as obese. Help combat childhood obesity by encouraging your child or teen to pick healthy snack options over junk food.

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Hummus

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Hummus, made from cooked chickpeas and plant-based oil, is a versatile snack that helps meet many of your child’s daily nutritional needs. Hummus is rich in protein, fiber, and heart-healthy unsaturated fats. Just 1/4 cup of hummus provides your child with 4 grams of protein, 3 grams of fiber, 9 grams of carbohydrates, 11 grams of healthy fat, and dietary iron. Dip carrots, celery, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, or pretzels in hummus. Or, spread hummus on pita bread or whole-grain crackers for a quick and easy kid-friendly snack. It’s a great alternative to high fat, high calorie dips, mayo or butter.

Fruit Dipped in Yogurt

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Dipping fresh fruit in yogurt can be a fun activity for kids, and adds extra protein and calcium to your child’s diet. Encourage kids to dip sliced apples, grapes, or strawberries in plain yogurt or nonfat Greek yogurt — these yogurt options are much lower in sugar than fruit-flavored yogurts.

Nuts and Seeds

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Nuts and seeds make excellent satiating snacks for kids who don’t have nut allergies. These foods are rich in fiber, healthy fats including omega-3 fatty acids, protein, vitamins, and minerals. As long as your child doesn’t have a nut allergy, encourage him to snack on almonds, peanuts, pumpkin seed kernels, sunflower seeds, walnuts, cashews, or pistachios.

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Homemade Popsicles

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Use your imagination to create your own homemade popsicles with your kids. Try blending berries with 100 percent fruit juice, or bananas with soy or almond milk — and add a dash of honey for extra flavor if you desire. Pour your popsicle mixture in ice cube trays or plastic cups, and place it in the freezer until solid.

Ants on a Log

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The ants on a log snack is traditionally made with peanut butter, but you can also use soy butter or sun butter if your child has a nut allergy. Spread the peanut butter, or peanut-free replacement butter, on celery sticks — then top with raisins to complete this fun but nutritious kid-friendly snack.

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What are you favorite kid friendly snacks?


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