Nutrition

Snack or Treat?

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Snack time is a time for healthy eating and drinking.

• Choose milk or water for your preschooler or for the children in your care.
• Sweetened drinks, juice, fruit punch, and sports drinks should be discouraged. Milk with meals and water in between always works best for their health.
• Snack time is another time for healthy eating – fruit, nuts, veggies, yogurt and cubed cheese are all good choices.
• Shopping for food, meal planning, and during meals are all good times to learn.

Parents and caregivers often think snack time means treat time but most preschoolers need the nutrition found in healthy snacks to get the nutrients they need. Setting a good example by drinking lots of water instead of soda or sports drinks will go a long way.

To find more information, check out:

http://ohioaap.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Quick-Tips-for-Healthy-Snacking1_Part5.pdf

http://ohioaap.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Make-Snacks-Count-Flyer.pdf

http://ohioaap.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/3-SweetenedDrinks.pdf

https://www.healthychildren.org/English/healthy-living/nutrition/Pages/Choosing-Healthy-Snacks-for-Children.aspx

This and other exclusive tips from the Ohio Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics are shared via Bloomz, the app connecting parents and educators everywhere. Want to get them on your phone? Invite your child’s teacher, coach or care provider to sign up for a free Bloomz account.

 

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