Healthy snacks for school
Thousands of traditional snack foods on the market may tempt kids—and their busy parents. But because these snacks often are loaded with refined sugar, harmful fats, and artificial flavors and preservatives, they provide little nutrition.
For parents seeking healthier alternatives, the best snack options are whole grains and fresh fruit and vegetables, says Matthew Baral, ND, pediatrics and nutrition professor at the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Tempe, Arizona. But if you want to offer other types of treats from time to time, make sure to read the labels. Avoid refined sugars (high-fructose corn syrup, sucrose, or dextrose), hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated oils (trans fats), and artificial flavors, colors, and preservatives.
Thankfully, healthier alternatives are available for almost every processed snack out there. This chart highlights a few.