Remember portion control at snack time
When your little one works up a sweat during summer fun, you may think snack- STAT! Afterall, snacking culture is on the rise with 47% of consumers eating 3 or more a day! While thoughtfully planned snacks can be a part of a healthy diet, one study suggests children may not need as much as you think!
Researchers observed children that participated in four different youth sports and determined that the almost 200 players burned about 170 calories per game. However, on average, they followed that up with about 210 calories in snacks including 26g sugar from food and drink! Just to put that in perspective, there are 4g sugar per teaspoon, so this is about 6.5 teaspoons of sugar in one snack! With childhood obesity steadily on the rise, choosing healthful options to refuel post game can go a long way to nourish and satisfy children without contributing to unhealthy weight gain.
Next time that rosy, sweaty face greets you, aim to have snacks on hand that provide key nutrients without the added sugar (about 200 calories or less). Our suggestions below focus on keeping fruit, vegetables, whole grains and kid satisfaction in the mix!
Tip: Not sure what a portion of fruit or vegetable looks like for your little ones? Check this out to get you going in the right direction!
Published August 2020