8 Tips to Snack Better
Snacks. We love them…and we hate them. We want our kids to snack better. But, poor food choices and bad timing equal an unhealthy snacker. Just like you approach meals, you need a strategy to help your child snack better.
With the average child snacking about 4 times per day — and some children eating up to 10 times each day — it’s no wonder snacking contributes about 600 calories or 27% of their daily caloric intake.
Today’s episode details my 8 tips for helping you develop a snack strategy that will help your child eat nutritiously at snack time and better regulate his overall appetite and eating.Snacks...we love them and we hate them. 8 Tips to Help Your Child Snack Better. Click To Tweet
What You Will Learn:
- 3 good reasons for snacking (hint: snacks can be a powerful appetite regulator)
- Which 3 nutrients are good at satisfying and inducing fullness
- Why the timing of snacks is a big part of their success
- Why the way snacks are offered may contribute to their overeating
- How to keep your child guessing, interested and nourished with snacks
- Clever ways to serve snacks that make them more of an event and more appealing
- The one rule that will change your child’s snacking
- How to make snacks more nutritious and a contributor to your child’s nutritional needs
- How to tame the junky food requests…easily
What I Discuss:
- The current rates of kids’ snacking in America
- Ways to work protein, fat and fiber into your child’s snack routine
- The time frame for snacks and the gap you need to create between eating sessions to help boost your child’s appetite for meals
- Ways to snack more mindfully, and the unhealthy traps of eating snacks
- How to ensure food variety in your snacks
- How changing the delivery and venue of snacks can inspire healthy eating
- Why you need to draw a hard line about access to food and snacking (and the easy way to do it)
- The brilliance of mini-meals as snacks, rather than one food snacks
- Two ways to work in treats and sweets that won’t ruin your child’s healthy snacking
Links I Mention in the Show:
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Written by: Jill Castle, MS, RDN
Published on: July 6, 2017
Updated on: November 21, 2018