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Posted by Joan Salge Blake September 25, 2013 04:47 PM
This is encouraging as parents can still have control over which snacks are available from the kitchen to be transported in the lunchbox or backpack. The survey also showed a trend for snacks that need very little preparation.
According to The NPD Group survey, here are the top snack choices by age group:
Not surprisingly, the age of the kids and the level of parental supervision clearly have an impact on these top snack choices. While fresh fruit and fruit cups were the top choices among younger children where parents still control the foods in the house, gum was the leading snack choice among teenagers, who typically demand to be more independent. (Actually, it is hard to even think of gum as a snack since you don’t swallow it.)
It’s good to hear that fruit is considered a convenience-oriented food no matter the age of the students. Fruits, such as apples, bananas, and clementines need no preparation, and most Americans need to be eating more of them. Yogurt (packed with a freezer pack) is another healthy, convenient snack alternative as American children, as well as teens, on average, are falling short of their daily calcium needs.
However, if less nutrient-rich chips, meal kits, or bars are routine snacks in your home, consider the following nutrient-rich alternatives that also pack well and need little preparation:
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Originally published on the blog Nutrition and You!.
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About the authorJoan Salge Blake, MS, RD, LDN, is a clinical associate professor and registered dietitian at Boston University in the Nutrition Program. Joan is the author of Nutrition &You, 2nd Edition, More »
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