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KIDS SNACKS: DO’S AND DON’TS

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DO’S:
– Do limit the amount of junk food in the house. While there’s nothing wrong with an occasional handful of chocolate-covered raisins, it’s better to stock up on such snacks as fresh fruit, nut, yogurt and plain popcorn.
– Do set a good example. How can you expect your children to be satisfied with an apple or a carrot stick if they see you filling up on potato chips and candy bars?
– Do serve homemade snacks whenever you can. If you make your own cakes, cookies, and other treats, you can control the amount of sugar or fat used, and you can add healthy indigents, such as grains, nuts, and fruits.

DON’TS:
– Don’t use food as a pacifier giving sweets to quiet children down. Neither should foods be used as a reward.
– Don’t be afraid to set limits. If a child is clamoring for a snack you feel is not good, a parent should determine how often and how much the child is allowed to eat.
– Don’t go overboard on regulations. Banning a food completely will only make it more enticing to most children.

Tip of the day:

Here is a quick way to check ow much fat a cracker contains: just rub it on a paper napkin. If the cracker leaves an oily smudge, it’s likely to be high in fat.

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