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Should my child eat snacks during the day?

November 2, 2015

Children need to snack throughout the day—in addition to being offered regularly scheduled meals. However, try to discourage large snacks or beverages other than water around mealtimes. This way, your child will be hungry enough to eat with the rest of the family. Some snacking suggestions are: yogurt (low-fat or nonfat), dry cereal (low sugar), crackers (whole grain, low fat), plain mini bagels or whole grain breads with jelly or peanut butter, fruit, graham, crackers, pretzels, and carrot or celery sticks with low fat yogurt dip. Provide a variety of foods, giving your child practice with foods with different textures.