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Parents often struggle to get their children to forgo unhealthy snacks in favor of healthy options. With nearly a third of kids and teens overweight, childhood obesity is now a top health concern among parents in the United States, according to the American Heart Association.
Healthy snacks are just as important for kids as healthy meals, as a nutritious lunch can easily be offset by the empty calories of junk food snacks.
“At school, kids will be tempted with all sorts of unhealthy snacks while you’re not around,” says Edmond Sanctis, co-founder of Sahale Snacks, a producer of healthy, all-natural snack foods. “But once kids get into a healthier eating routine, they’ll take those habits with them wherever they go.”
Even if your children scoff at carrot sticks and reach for the cookies instead, there are simple ways to motivate them to snack better.
Be a Role Model
Eating habits start at a young age and are strongly influenced by parents. If you chow down on chips or candy in between meals, your child will learn to do the same. Eat healthy snacks in front of your kids.
Clean the Pantry
The easiest way to get your child to stop eating highly processed junk food is to stop supplying it. Replace chips with natural snacks that are just as easy to grab on the go.
Opt for snacks low in saturated fat and high in nutrition. For example, Sahale Crunchers are fruit and almond snacks that rely on nature and not artificial flavors for their taste. Stock up on a variety of flavors such as Almonds with Cherries, Apples + Maple and Almonds with Cranberries, Sesame Seeds + Honey so that even the pickiest kids won’t miss junk food. Serving sizes are 140 calories or less, so they’ll be snacking better too.
Healthy snacks don’t have to be bland. Make healthy snacking more delicious by adding nuts or granola to yogurt to give it an added boost of protein, fiber, healthy monounsaturated fats, vitamins, nutrients and antioxidants.
Or make veggies more appealing by pairing them with dips like salsa and hummus.
Don’t Give Up
Your kids may complain at first, but stay strong. Once their taste buds get used to the new foods, they won’t miss the junk food at all. For more healthy snacking tips, visit http://www.sahalesnacks.com.
With some direction and a little creativity, healthy snacking will become second nature to your child.