Instead of simply cutting up a piece of fruit or setting out a bowl of veggies, include healthy fat, lean protein and fiber in every snack-sized meal. Fat, protein and fiber add flavor to snack foods while slowing down the rate of digestion to help keep you full longer. When your kids get the urge to snack, identify one small, healthy item, such as baby carrots or a boiled egg, and supplement it with the fat, protein or fiber that it's missing.
Fruits are a healthy and easy way to start a snack, but most fruits lack fat and protein -- so your kids may get hungry after an hour or two. Try these healthy and delicious fruit snack options with added fat and protein:
Like fruits, vegetables are a great base for snack foods: they're low-cal, high-fiber and filled with healthy nutrients. If your kids balk when you serve up veggies, don't force them to eat veggies straight. Try these veggie-snack options to fill your kids up fast without the complaints:
Lean proteins such as eggs, chicken and nuts are filling all by themselves, but mixing them with a high-fiber vegetable or whole-grain cracker can give them lasting power. Try the following protein-rich snack options:
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