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AskJoan: On the Hunt for Kid-Friendly Snacks

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Feel free to send me all of your nutrition, diet, weight loss concerns and questions for some healthy and helpful lifestyle advice. Do you need help ditching a bad breakfast routine? Has your work schedule left your lunchtime wanting for healthier ideas and options? Need a strategy to stop drinking soda? Feel free to send me all of your nutrition, diet, weight loss concerns, and questions for some healthy and helpful lifestyle advice.

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Dear Joan:

I read your Nutrition & You post about ideas for solutions to stop drinking soda. I need help. I have two children ages 10 and 12. Do you have any ideas for healthy snacks and drinks for them?

Best Regards,
Father of the Year

Dear Father of the Year:

I sure do. Interestingly, some of the snacks that are king among kids, ages 10 to 12, are fresh fruit, fruit cups, and yogurt.

A favorite in my house is to combine yogurt, some milk, and frozen berries in a blender and whip it into a sweet smoothie. Kids love smoothies, and itís a great way to add calcium-rich milk and high-fiber fruit to their daily diet.

Kids also like to dunk their veggies in dressing and dips. Keep washed and cut up baby carrots, sliced peppers, and broccoli as well as hummus and salsa on hand for them to dip and munch. If they want something crunchy, try popcorn, which is a high-fiber, whole grain snack. Snack bars travel well so here's a list of the healthiest ones to buy.

From more ideas, try these tips from the USDA:

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Source: USDA

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For a healthy beverage, I keep a large pitcher of water infused with sliced lemons, limes, or strawberries in the refrigerator. You can also buy flavored sparkling water in bottles or cans. Both are refreshing beverages that are sugar-free. Kids love them.

Hope this helps.

Be well, Joan

Twitter: @JoanSalgeBlake

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