Over the last 30 years, childhood obesity rates have tripled in the United States, with nearly 1 in 3 children considered
overweight or obese. Left unchecked, childhood obesity can lead to serious health issues in children, including diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, asthma and sleep apnea.
The good news is that small changes in snacks, like swapping those
high in fat, sodium and calories for healthier, more filling options, can make a big impact. Felissa Kreindler, MD, pediatrician at
NorthShore, shares some healthy snack options that won’t send the kids running … unless, that is, they always follow a healthy snack with some equally healthy exercise.
What healthy snacks do your kids love?
dried minced onion1 tablespoon dried parsley½ teaspoon paprika2 teaspoons salt2 teaspoons pepper1 ½ teaspoons garlic powder1 cup nonfat yogurt1 cup fat-free sour cream