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Healthy Snacking for Students

Posted by Katherine Ancona
Katherine Ancona
Katherine Ancona is a Registered Dietitian for Whitsons Culinary Group. She received her Master’s Degree in Fo...
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on Monday, 12 September 2016 in School Nutrition Blog

HealthySnackingforStudentsSnacking……we all do it, and here at Whitson’s we want to make sure you do it right!

When healthy snacks are added to your child’s day, they can have a positive impact.  Snacks are important because they can help children get the correct nutrients needed for growth, maintain a healthy weight, and even help them perform better in school. Whitsons School Nutrition program provides students with healthy snacks that meet all school nutrition regulation standards. These snack foods can also provide students with energy for any physical activity and help them to increase their focus on their homework when school is out.

When it comes to snacking after school, parents can make sure the snacks at home are just as healthy.  There are a few components that make up a healthy snack. Snacks should not be a replacement for meals, but rather be just enough to satisfy their hunger between meal times. These foods should be high in fiber and protein, and low in saturated fat, cholesterol, added sugars, and sodium.

 

Here are some tips to consider when choosing a nutritious afterschool snack:

 

Vegetables are a great option for a snack because they are high in fiber, vitamins, and minerals. Carrots, cucumbers, tomatoes, etc. work well with hummus or a low calorie dressing.

 

Whole Grains: It is important to offer whole grains such as whole-wheat breads, as well as whole grain cereals (plain Cheerios, Chex), chips, or crackers that are both high in fiber and low in added sugars, saturated fats, and sodium. Whole grains offer fiber, which help us to feel satisfied and keep us energized!

 

Protein: Foods high in protein, but low in fat can also make for a delicious and nutritious snack; these include low-salt deli meats like turkey and ham. A cup of low-fat or skim milk is a cold beverage that offers plenty of calcium and Vitamin D, which will help them build strong bones as they grow! Low-fat or fat-free yogurt with fruit is also a healthy option.

 

Fruit: Fruits are also a great if your kids are in the mood for something sweet, but still need to stay focused. Whole fruits such as apples, bananas, oranges, and pears have plenty of fiber to stay full between meal times. These foods can be offered fresh or frozen, and require little preparation; this can make them perfect for a quick afternoon snack!

 

There are a variety of healthy snack options out there to choose from. Picking one of the options above, can help lead your child on the road to success! To learn more about Whitsons School Nutrition program, visit us on the web at www.whitsons.com or click here.

 

 

References:

www.fns.usda.gov

www.cnpp.usda.gov

healthymeals.nal.usda.gov

www.banpac.org

www.cookinglight.com

 

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this blog are strictly those of the author and should not be construed as the opinions of Whitsons Culinary Group or any of its affiliates.  All content and material contained in this blog is provided for informational purposes only, and no representation is made as to the accuracy or completeness of this information.  It is general information that may not apply to you as an individual.  It is not medical advice and should not be treated as such.  You should not rely on the information in this blog as a substitute for your own doctor’s medical care or advice. If you have any specific questions about any medical matter you should consult your doctor or other professional healthcare provider.

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Katherine Ancona is a Registered Dietitian for Whitsons Culinary Group. She received her Master’s Degree in Food, Nutrition, and Culinary Science from Clemson University in 2013. While attending Clemson University, she led a team of undergraduate students in modifying recipes to be healthier. She is most interested in wellness, pediatric, and culinary nutrition, and she also serves as a volunteer for the Kids Eat Right Campaign. Katherine completed her dietetic internship at Oklahoma State University in 2014, and began working for Whitson’s Culinary Group as a Registered Dietitian in August of 2016.

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Donna Monday, 12 September 2016

Great post! I would love to learn more about your meals. I will email the nutrition@whitsons.com email address. Thank you.

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Maya Monday, 12 September 2016

Great blog post! I really love the articles you guys put out.

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Rebecca Tuesday, 13 September 2016

I like your blog post, very informative.

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Sara Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Hi Katherine, great blog. I like the Whitsons Facebook page too!

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