Boys Town’s Top 5 Tips for Parents on Healthy Snacking

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Getting toddlers to eat nutritious foods can be a challenge. Boys Town provides some tips for parents to meet that challenge.

“Parents can help teach their children to eat healthy by leading by example.”

Boys Town releases advice for parents on how to help kids eat healthy snacks. The national child and healthcare organization, started over 90 years ago, is a leader in parenting advice. Getting toddlers to eat nutritious foods can be a challenge and the following can help struggling parents:

1.    Encourage kids to try new foods.
2.    Ask your child to taste the new food and describe it back to you.
3.    Talk to your child about what is in the food; protein for muscles, carbohydrates for energy and calcium for strong bones.
4.    Teach your child that snack food is not ‘bad’ and that sweets can fit into a healthy diet, sometimes.
5.    Realize that many tastes are acquired and your child may eventually learn to like a food that he initially refused.

“Parents can help teach their children to eat healthy by leading by example,” says Dr. Kelli Shidler, Boys Town Pediatrician. “Keep healthy choices such as apples, bananas, yogurt or cheese sticks in an accessible area for children.”    

Here are some other healthy snack solutions from Boys Town:

  •     Vanilla wafers or graham crackers dipped in yogurt
  •     Pretzel twists
  •     Cottage cheese with pineapple chunks
  •     Oatmeal with sliced peaches
  •     Crackers with low-fat cream cheese
  •     Dried fruit or trail mix
  •     Fresh fruit (apples, grapes, pears) dipped in yogurt

You can find more information on eating and nutrition on Boys Town Pediatrics.
The Boys Town National Hotline also offers free advice to parents 24/7. Call 1-800-448-3000.

About Boys Town
Nationally, Boys Town has been a beacon of hope for America’s children and families through its life-changing youth care and health care programs for more than 90 years. In 2010, Boys Town’s Integrated Continuum of youth care and health care programs impacted more than 400,000 children and families across America. This includes those who received services from Boys Town’s residential programs as well as those served by the many varied programs that comprise the Boys Town Integrated Continuum of Child and Family Services, including In-Home Family Services, health care services provided by Boys Town National Research Hospital and the Boys Town National Hotline.

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