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Snacks vs. Treats

What is the difference between a snack and a treat?

Snacks are nutritious and filling mini meals meant to be eaten in between big meals in order to keep your blood sugar levels normal.  Treats are occasional indulgences.  Unfortunately, our kids are eating more treats than they are snacks. And they spend more time in front of the television with no time to burn off the calories of the treats.
Here are a few ideas to help you feed your kids healthy snacks this summer. Notice how each snack contains a bit of protein to curb hunger by keeping blood sugar levels even.
kids with fruit

These snacks all have about 150 calories.  Kids and adults only need two snacks a day.

*1 cup grapes and one serving of string cheese
*1 cup baby carrots and 4 T hummus
*1/2 cup berries and 6 ounces low-fat plain yogurt
*3/4 cup melon and 1 ounce cheese
*3 stalks celery with 1 1/2 T peanut butter
*1 banana blended with 1/2 cup low fat milk

USA weekend article April 23-25, 2010

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