Healthy Snacks for Kids
Snacks can make up a significant portion of your child's calories, so stock up on healthy snacks for kids. Use snacks to boost nutrition and energy to fuel your child's body without unnecessary sugar or fat.
Why Kids Need Water
Children need adequate fluids every day to stay healthy, and the best beverages for them are water, low-fat milk, and 100% fruit juice.
Your Healthy Snack Ideas
Share your healthy snack ideas with other parents. What do you serve your hungry kids between meals? Let's hear your best kid-friendly, nutritious snack ideas.
The Dangers of the Food Reward
Help your child see food as fuel, not as a reward for an achievement like a good grade, a home run, or just a clean plate at dinner time. Using food as a reward can have unintended and unhappy consequences.
Snacks with Fruit and Vegetables
Up your family's produce intake by serving snacks with fruit and vegetables. Try these suggestions for healthy snacks with fruit and vegetable ingredients.
Healthy Snacks to Go
Be ready for those after-school or in-the-car munchies: Stock up on healthy snacks to go. These packable, portable snacks provided good nutrition and a burst of energy for busy kids and parents.
Healthy Snacks with Protein
If kids are clamoring for something to eat, fill them up with healthy protein snacks. Foods containing protein are more filling than starches and usually contain more nutrients. Try these ideas for healthy protein snacks.
Sweet and Salty Healthy Snack Ideas
When your child craves a sweet or salty treat, try these healthy snack ideas that satisfy and nourish.
Create a Healthy Sports Snack Policy
Ask your child's sports team or league to institute a healthy snack policy, or even to request that parents not bring snacks to share at all.
Healthy Snacks for Pre-game, Post-game, and Half-Time
Learn what healthy snacks to give kids before a game, after a game, and at half-time. Kids' nutritional needs are different in the hours before and after physical activity, so provide healthy snacks that give young athletes the nutrients they need.
Healthy Halloween Treats
Save the candy for trick-or-treating and serve healthy Halloween treats at your Halloween party. Try these simple, kid-friendly ideas for healthy Halloween treats.
How to Keep a Food Diary
The options are plentiful: paper, online, apps. Here's how to choose a food-journal system that will work for you, and how to use it to your advantage.
Halloween Candy Limits and Swaps
Trick-or-treating is fun and a treasured tradition for many families and communities. But no child needs to eat five pounds of Halloween candy this October 31! Limit the loot without spoiling the fun.
Fun Halloween Treats with a Healthy Twist
You don't have to give out candy to the trick-or-treaters that come to your door. These choices are kid-friendly but also healthier than popular candy options.
Farmers' Market Activities for Families
These 9 things to do with kids at the farmers' market offer fun, fresh air, physical activity, and nutrition know-how.
How Do You Keep Kids From Eating Too Much Candy?
Parents share their tips, advice, and strategies for preventing kids from eating too much candy after Halloween, Easter, Valentine's Day or other holidays.
5 Nutrition Mistakes Tweens Make
Tween bodies grow at lightning speed, and they require certain nutrients to aid that development. Unfortunately, many tweens aren't getting enough of some vitamins and minerals, or they're getting too much of a bad thing.
Easy Ways to Cut Fat in Cooking
Find 20 tips for cutting fat from your favorite foods and recipes, without losing good taste.
MyPlate Dietary Guidelines
The US Department of Agriculture's MyPlate offers personalized eating plans, interactive tools to help you plan and assess your food choices, and advice to help you make smart choices from every food group, find your balance between food and physical activity, get the most nutrition out of your calories, and stay within your daily calorie needs. The MyPlate system replaced the MyPyramid guidelines in June, 2011.
Fruits and Veggies - More Matters Month
During Fruits and Veggies - More Matters month, consider taking one of three health pledges focusing on fruits, veggies, and nutrition.