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Snacks that are Healthy and Fun

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Summertime is synonymous with sugary treats, ice cream and cookies. While you may not want to totally eliminate these treats, there is a way to ensure that your kids will still get their share of healthy snacks. Foods loaded with sugar, refined flour and the wrong types of fat can slow us down, or they can be a source of hyperactivity. Fortunately, there are a few steps you can take to help keep sugary treats in check:

1. Always have fresh fruit visible and available. Mandarin oranges and Halos are great options and are easy to peel.

2. Get creative! Make an edible centerpiece of fresh fruits of berries and kiwis. Summertime fruits are bright and colorful.

3. Make every day foods more fun. Make patterns with fresh granola and fruit. Draw faces on cheese stick wrappers.

4. Focus on color. Bright red peppers are rich in antioxidants, sweet snap peas and clementines provide sweetness without artificial sugar.

5. Provide fresh or frozen fruit for dessert. Frozen cherries or fresh apples heated up on the stovetop or microwave with a little cinnamon can be a delicious alternative.

6. Consider healthier alternatives. Spaghetti squash is a great alternative for pasta, paired with turkey meatballs and sautéed veggies, and you have a delicious meal for the entire family.

7. Search the internet for some healthier cookie recipes that substitute traditional ingredients for smarter choices.

8. Make your own popcorn! Buy a large bag of popcorn kernels and air pop them. It’s a healthier solution to ready-made, prepackaged popcorn.

9. Make a treat together while taking the time to teach your kids about nutrition and cooking.

10. Don’t skip meals in lieu of treats. Making smart decisions about snacking is a life-long lesson.

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