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?
8 teaspoons dried minced onion
1 tablespoon dried parsley
½ teaspoon paprika
2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons pepper
1 ½ teaspoons garlic powder
1 cup nonfat yogurt
1 cup fat-free sour cream