Back-to-School Nutritional Tips – King Tiger Martial Arts Chesapeake
Eating right provides the nutrients to energize children, build strong bones and fight diseases and other conditions. Pay attention to what and how much your kids eat.
Unfortunately, nearly one-fourth of kids’ daily energy intake comes from nibbling on mostly prepackaged snack foods, which are high in calories and low in nutrients.
Young children actually need snacks, since their stomachs are small. They often can’t obtain all the nutrients they need from daily meals. It’s not always easy to persuade your kids to eat healthy snacks and their snacking habits won’t change overnight, but here are a few snack-time tips:
Snacks: Plan Them; Don’t Ban Them!
• Offer your child frozen yogurt or soda crackers instead of ice cream or pretzels.
• Select snacks from a variety of food groups, so your kids won’t be bored.
• “Disguise” fruits and vegetables, such as celery with peanut butter, or carrots with a low-fat dip.
According to the Food and Drug Administration, as many as six-percent of American children younger than age three have food allergies. For some kids, food allergies can cause only minor discomfort, but for others they can be severe. Try to work with your child’s school to find ways your child can be supervised to prevent contact with allergenic foods. Ask who would treat your child and discuss your child’s allergies with that person, making sure that he or she has the necessary medications and medical information.
Fruit Juice: Friend or Foe?
Although juice does contain some healthy nutrients, it’s high in calories and it may contribute to weight gain and tooth decay if consumed in excess. Some juice drinks, even those with 100% juice, have more calories than sugary carbonated beverages do. Juice also lacks the healthy fiber of whole fruit.
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