Fighting Obesity: Lo-Calorie Snack Ideas That Work
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.
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
Top Tasty Low-Cal Treats
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..
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"…
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…
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… Thread fruit
(such as grapes, pineapple kiwis and strawberries) and cheese cubes such as mozzarella
onto skewers or toothpicks.
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.