Smart Snacks For Kids

The kids come home from school and the first thing you hear is, “I’m hungry. What can I eat before dinner?” Because all of us are over-scheduled to the max, often we mumble something about checking out what’s in the pantry. Minutes later they’re mowing down something that isn’t exactly your definition of healthy. So why don’t we talk about some recommended smart snacks for kids, as suggested by Baylor College of Medicine:

“Keeping the kitchen stocked with great-tasting, high-calcium snacks can help busy kids get plenty of bone-building calcium in their diet. Keep an eye out for foods with product labels showing at least 10 percent of the daily value of calcium,” said Dr. Steven Abrams, an associate professor of pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine. Ten percent DV of calcium translates into 100 mg. The current dietary calcium recommendation for Children between the ages of 1 and 3 is 500 milligrams, which is equivalent to one and two-thirds cups of milk. Kids between 4 and 8 years of age need 800 milligrams each day, while those in the peak bone-building ages, 9 to 18, require 1300 milligrams per day, or the amount found in four and one-third cups of milk. Because adolescence is a key period for bone development, we are very concerned that less than one in five teenage girls and only one in two teenage boys get enough calcium in their diet,” said Abrams, a research scientist at the USDA/ARS Children’s Nutrition Research Center. Later in life, inadequate dietary calcium can increase the risk for bone fractures due to the crippling bone disease osteoporosis.

Here are a few healthy, high-calcium snack ideas: Fruit smoothies made with fresh or canned fruit, juice, yogurt and ice; Low-fat mozzarella sting cheese; Wheat flour tortillas and melted low-fat cheese quesadillas; Cottage cheese and fruit; Low-fat/fat-free plain, fruited or frozen yogurt. There’s no substitute for the right balance of proper diet and vitamin/ mineral nutrition. There are several supplements that we supply in our clinic that might help & even aid in YOUR good health. For free advice about recommended supplements, please call (425) 670-2600 and let’s talk. We’re here to help!

Dr. Jerry Dreessen and Dr. Jason Gilmore

Back To Action Chiropractic

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