Healthy Snacks for Kids

IT’S INEVITABLE THAT CHILDREN WILL SNACK, SO CHOOSE HEALTHY OPTIONS TO KEEP THEM GOING AND GROWING

The fall season brings a busy routine for children: back-to-school activities, after-school sports  programs and reunions with friends. Help your child get enough energy for all these activities by serving healthy meals and introducing healthy snacks.

One way to do this is for your child to eat a healthy lunch and bring healthy snacks from home. Many schools provide a weekly or monthly calendar of school meals, so you and your child can plan the days you want to buy a school lunch. On the other days, she can bring a packed lunch from home that is healthy and enjoyable. Remember to pack snacks for mid-morning or mid-afternoon, when energy levels tend to dip.

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Give your child healthy snack choices that you know are healthy. If she wants pretzels, choose wholewheat pretzels or pretzels with reduced salt. If she wants pudding, choose a low-fat pudding. Most children seem to like apple sauce, so choose an all-natural brand instead of sugared apple sauce.

There are some healthy snacks, such as fruit, that children may not want to try. Cutting and peeling oranges and apples will make them more tempting. Children often resist other healthy snack choices, such as carrots and peppers, but if you include a small amount of low-fat ranch dressing, your child may end up loving them.

Smart snacking helps kids get the right fuel at the right time, whether they’re at school, on the playing field or at home.

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Soda and juice boxes should be eliminated as snacks. If your child asks for juice, make sure it is 100 percent fruit juice, and limit the serving to half a cup daily.

Snacks and your kid’s health

The total calories a child needs varies according to her body build, degree of activity and whether she needs to  reduce or add weight. Your school-age child’s appetite may go through stages: one day she may devour everything in sight, the next she may seem to eat less.

What’s important is that the meals and snacks she consumes over a week or two comprise a variety of foods that includes all the vitamins she needs. Most children like a variety of foods, so introducing them to new healthy snack choices needn’t be difficult.

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Say your seven-year-old meets 75 percent of her calcium needs . By offering her a cup of milk or calcium-fortified orange juice, instead of a cup of soda or fruit punch, you’re ensuring that she’ll exceed her daily calcium needs.

Trade a snack of a jelly-topped bagel for a tuna sandwich, or add chicken to pasta, and her iron intake will rise by at least a third. If your child snacks on potato chips and fruit punch, try switching her to trail mix and a fruit smoothie with milk for more calcium, vitamin C and B vitamins.

Depression and Dementia

It’s common knowledge that women are generally more likely than to suffer from depression. The chances that women will suffer from depression throughout their lifetime is twice that of the chances that men will suffer from depression. But things seem to only get worse for women. Recent studies show that depression actually increases the chance that women will suffer from dementia at some point in their life.

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Dementia is a condition in which one experiences the loss of their mental functions, which can include the ability to think, remember things, and reason in their mind. Those suffering from dementia may also experience that their personality and general moods are changing little by little. It is definitely a treatable condition, but the sooner treatment begins, the better.

In fact, a Canadian psychologist in October of 2011 stated that depression increases the chance of having Alzheimer’s almost twofold. This, needless to say, is an alarming fact. Depression is often overcomes women due to stress, which can be brought on by caring for children, their parents, and working. All of the stress piles up, and for many, it is too difficult to cope with, sending them into a depressive state. Their hormonal changes can also increase the chances of suffering from depression.

A Canadian researcher also discussed the fact that women often value relationships far more importantly than men do. Relationships are not only limited to sexual relationships; in fact, by relationships, we are talking about friendships and social standing as a whole. When this status is lost, or hurt in the slightest way, women can end up suffering greatly, which can lead to depression.

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It’s important to understand what researchers are concluding here. Researchers are not concluding that depression and dementia go hand in hand. That is not what they are concluding by any means. Researchers are simply concluding that depression can increase the chance of dementia in humans elder years. Other researchers argue that depression and dementia do not cause one another; they argue that depression is likely a sign that one will suffer from dementia in their older years.

Due to the fact that research is still inconclusive, researchers are hard at work to determine whether or not there truly lies a link between depression and dementia.