Keep a snack basket with a choice of nutritious snacks handy in the cupboard or refrigerator. How often should a child snack? "Let children dictate when and how much to snack. Let them learn to self regulate," says Shelly Summar, a registered dietitian and nutrition program director at Children's Mercy Hospital South.
High-quality snacking can combat overeating at meal time. But watch out for cues your kids are snacking because they're bored. If that's the case, steer them gently to another activity. These 150-300 calorie snacks fill the bill.
(* indicates those that are not recommended for children under 2.)Smart indulgences
Smart fiber-rich snacks
Smart cracker snacks
Smart fruits and veggies
Source: Shelly Summar, registered dietitian, and Melissa Gossman, registered dietitian, Children's Mercy Hospitals