As any parent knows, it's hard enough to get your child or teenager to eat a healthy snack after school. But now that spring sports practices and games are fully underway, we now have a new challenge-finding a healthy snack to transition from the school day to practice before finally making it back home many hours later. Dr. Victor Siegel, your Rockville area dentist, encourages healthy snacks and lots of water so that your child stays energetic throughout his activities, not to mention maintaining a healthy mouth!
What are the top recommended snacks to promote health and energy?
- Whole grain foods-popcorn, oatmeal, beans, cereals, brown rice (look out for added sugars!)
- Dairy-cheese sticks, yogurt (again, added sugars can be a danger)
- Vegetables-serve with a low fat dip, seasoning or peanut butter
- Water-drink water to stay hydrated and to avoid sugary drinks with empty calories
As a Rockville dentist for both adults and children, Dr. Siegel, believes that snacks play an important role in daily nutrition, but the right snack is the key. Following the above guidelines can help keep your child's body healthy and full of energy, and also help in the fight against cavities!