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Fighting Obesity: Lo-Calorie Snack Ideas That Work

Kids playing soccer fight obesity - photo courtesy News CanadaSnacking may be the most popular pastime in the world. The results is that obesity... in adults and in children is quickly becoming an epidemic.

The reality of obesity affects kids everywhere, leading to a multitude of health concerns such as an increased risk of heart disease and diabetes.

While it is nearly impossible to shield children from high calorie snacks and sugars outside the home, there are simple ways to encourage healthy eating inside your home.

You can whip up delicious and nutritious treats to enjoy for parties, school, camp, and other snack time fun. Buy fresh fruit in season and you may even save on your grocery budget. Instead of buying high-calorie, ready-made foods, try these quick and easy treats. They work well for your kids and for adult snackers, too!

Top Tasty Low-Cal Treats

fruit pops
Homemade Fruit Popsicles… Freeze your child's favorite pure fruit juice in popsicle makers. Alternatively, you can start with fresh fruit (strawberries, peaches, mango) and place in a blender until smooth..
homemade salsa
Baked Chips and Salsa…
For salsa, combine chopped tomatoes, diced oranges, onion, lime juice, orange juice, salt, and cilantro. Get creative with different ingredients such as garlic, avocado, or a splash of hot sauce!

banana ice cream
Banana "Ice Cream"…
Peel several ripe bananas, break into one-inch pieces, and freeze in a closed plastic bag. Add the frozen banana pieces in a blender and mix until smooth and - surprise! - creamy, velvety banana "ice cream".
strawberry banana smoothie
Strawberry Banana Smoothie… In blender, combine 6 strawberries, 1 chopped banana, 1/2 cup yogurt and blend until smooth. Gradually blend in milk to make it extra creamy. Add ice cubes for a "frozen" smoothie.
fruit cheese kabobs
Fruit & Cheese Kabobs…
Thread fruit (such as grapes, pineapple kiwis and strawberries) and cheese cubes such as mozzarella onto skewers or toothpicks.
ants on a log
Ants on a Log… This is the classic kid's treat that's simple and nutritious...Simply spread celery with peanut butter and top with raisins.

For additional recipes go to www.splenda.ca.

- News Canada

also see -> Healthy Halloween treats

More about nutritious, healthy treats for kids around the Web:



The 20 Best Snacks for Kids - Parents.com

Healthy Kids' Snacks and Treats - Cooking Light

 

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