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My daughter needs a more healthier snacking diet what is more healthier for her?

she eats a lot during the day and I have been trying to cut back because Im afraid of her getting Obese which is very common amongst kids. Can some please help me by telling which foods and drinks are more healthier for my 4 year old? Thank any and all info is greatly appreciated.

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Momof06n09

Asked by Momof06n09 at 11:58 PM on Feb. 4, 2010 in Preschoolers (3-4)

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  • http://nutrition.preschoolrock.com/index.php/preschooler_foods_meals_snacks/healthy_snacks_for_preschoolers
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:00 AM on Feb. 5, 2010

  • Well, I'm a skinny person and I don't necessarily exercise but if and when I snack, I usually eat:

    string cheese
    apples (apples are among the most efficient foods you can eat, meaning the calories are all great and there's no fattiness)
    bananas
    baked chips (not too many, tho!)
    pickles
    pickled vegetables, the hot kind at the supermarket miezetta.
    low-fat yogurt
    nuts
    granola bars.
    danielp

    Answer by danielp at 12:01 AM on Feb. 5, 2010

  • Stay away from as much sugar as you can... no fruit juices and junk food like fruit snacks, cookies and candy.
    Stick with things like veges and dip, fruit, nuts and peanut butter. She should drink milk and water. If she has juice it should be only 4 oz/day and treat it the same as you would soda... a special treat.
    Some yummy snacks....
    Veges in dip or hummus
    Ants on a log (celery, peanut butter and raisins) or you can do the same thing with some light cream cheese spread
    Fruit dipped in peanut butter or yogurt (banana's and apples both taste great with peanut butter)
    You could do a tortilla smeared with PB and then wrap it around a banana... yum!
    Yogurt parfait... yogurt, fruit chunks and granola
    Cheese chunks and string cheese
    Raisins and craisins
    "trail mix" - low sugar cereals like Kix and cheerios and chex mixed with craisins, peanuts and a few m&m's
    AmiJanell

    Answer by AmiJanell at 12:14 AM on Feb. 5, 2010

  • no juice, and more fresh fruits and veggies. Canned is no good bc of all the added sugar!
    Larue09

    Answer by Larue09 at 1:03 AM on Feb. 5, 2010

  • apples
    yogurt
    bananas
    string cheese
    grapes (cut up if she's under 4)
    baby carrots (with light ranch dip)
    cottage cheese
    strawberries
    whole grain crackers (like Triscuits, TLC, Seven Grain)
    all natural applesauce (that doesn't have added sugar or sweetners)
    whole grain cereals
    low fat milk
    whole grain toast w/ natural peanut butter
    If she's over 4yrs. nuts are good too.

    - Avoid most prepackaged foods, except on rare occasion. If you give her juice, only give 4-6oz. once per day. Use 100% juice, rather than "juice drinks" or koolaid, etc.
    sarahmae3

    Answer by sarahmae3 at 10:57 AM on Feb. 5, 2010

  • Frozen foods are fun to play with, and will get eaten, like peas, blueberries and corn. Chunks of avocado and tofu are loaded with great nutrition, and are fun to squish between little fingers.
    I have never met a toddler who wouldn't eat hummus (lots of calcium, protein, good fats and iron), you can mix it with a mashed egg.
    Offer cut fruits with yogurt dip, fresh veggies with hummus or salad dressing, cooked whole wheat pasta and veggies with marinara or peanut sauce or cheese sauce
    rkoloms

    Answer by rkoloms at 4:46 PM on Feb. 5, 2010

  • these are great answers! you also have to look out for preservatives, that's why we try to do fresh stuff as much as possible. my little one loves carrot sticks and dip. he also loves cheese toast on whole grain bread.
    beth_is_sleepy

    Answer by beth_is_sleepy at 1:21 PM on Feb. 9, 2010

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