Back to School: Healthy Snacks

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(WTNH) — As your kids get ready to head back to class, News 8 has your back! Healthy eating is very important for everyone, especially kids. News 8 Medical Reporter Jocelyn Maminta has a look at what you can do to make sure your little ones eat healthy snacks.

Summer is almost over for school-aged kids! That means it’s back to things like schedules, supplies, and packing healthy snacks in backpacks.

“The biggest thing to think about with snacks is that it really is a great opportunity to get some good foods into our kids,” Nutritionist Nicole Larizza says kids love grazing, so think fruits, vegetables, and some type of protein to get them through until the next meal. Pre-packaged snacks are convenient but more costly. Larizza says making it affordable and healthy comes down to “doing a little bit of the planning and the prep work in advance on a Sunday afternoon or on a quiet weekday so that you have some of these things grab and go is much easier and much easier on the wallet.”

Homemade trail mix is easy to make. Start with whole grain cereal for bulk, add nuts or seeds for protein boosters to fill up that grumbly tummy, plus dried fruit for something sweet. Larizza cautions “the one thing we want to be careful of is just limiting the amount of chocolate chips or yogurt covered raisins, those things add a lot of sugar.”

That equals a week of snacks for under $10. You can also pick popcorn as another healthy and inexpensive choice. It’s simple to make in a paper bag.

Larizza says “take a paper lunch bag, add a half cup of corn kernels, put in a microwave, let it pop until it stops popping and then flavor it and season it with whatever you like.”

You can also never go wrong with whole fruit.

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