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Brio Blog: Smart After-School Snacking Tips

15 Apr Brio Blog: Smart After-School Snacking Tips

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“Mom, I’m HUNGRY!”

How many parents recognize this as the first sentence out of their children’s mouths as they arrive home from school? A quick glance at the clock– two hours until dinnertime–and the after-school snack conundrum begins.

It’s easy to reach for a bag of chips or a box of cookies, those convenient, but high calorie nutritionally empty snack foods.

But snack time is an important time to give your kids some of the complete and balanced nutrition they need. They need protein. They need healthy fats. They need a moderate amount of carbohydrates that minimize blood sugar impact. They need fiber. They need all of the essential nutrition to support their growing bodies.

With a little planning, you can offer snacks that are nutritious and that your that kids will be happy to eat.

Here are some pointers:

1. Choose a low glycemic snack
Many junk food snacks provide a quick burst of energy from sugar and carbohydrates. Unfortunately, this energy spike may not last long enough to get your child through their first page of homework.

The better snacks are low glycemic, with a mix of protein, fat and fiber, to provide sustained energy and keep your child satisfied until dinner.

What does low glycemic mean? The glycemic index measures the rate at which a food breaks down in the digestive system to form glucose, which in turn enters the blood stream to nourish every cell in your body.

The types of sweeteners and the presence of fiber, protein and fat in the food help moderate the rate that food breaks down into glucose.

Foods that break down quickly into glucose include fruit juices, breads, starchy foods like potatoes and sweets, and baked goods. They are considered high glycemic.

Foods that break down slowly into glucose include fiber-rich oatmeal, beans and vegetables. They are low glycemic.

We recommend avoiding products with sugar alcohols such as erythritol. This sweetener is not broken down by the body and passes out through the urine. However, because it is not digested, it does not provide any energy to your child.

Make snack time special with Brio:
Brio is low glycemic, thanks to its unique combination of sweeteners plus protein, fat and fiber. It will keep your child happy and satisfied all afternoon long.

2. Support their growing bones with calcium, magnesium and Vitamin D.
Many children fail to consume the recommended daily value of calcium each day. Here’s what the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends:

• 4-8 years old: 800 mg per day
• 9-18 years old: 1300 mg per day

Snack time is a perfect opportunity to ensure your kids get the calcium they need for lifelong bone health.

Don’t forget to consider Vitamin D. This vitamin helps the body absorb minerals like calcium and builds strong teeth and bones. Vitamin D also supports the immune system, insulin production, and cell growth.

Children can get Vitamin D from sunshine, but if they spend little time outdoors, live in a cloudy climate or keep much of their skin covered by clothing, they may not get enough Vitamin D.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that all children, and teens take vitamin D supplements of 400 IU each day.

Magnesium is often mentioned with calcium — for good reason.  Magnesium helps keep bones strong. Children who are 4-8 years old need 130 mg per day. Kids who are 9 -13 need 240 mg per day.

Make snack time special with Brio:
Brio is rich in calcium, magnesium and Vitamin D. In each 4 oz. serving, Brio has 300 mg of calcium, 180 -200 IU of Vitamin D and 80 mg of magnesium. 

3. Don’t overdo the fat – but don’t fear healthy fats.
If you grew up in the “fat free” era, it may be hard to accept the latest research that healthy fats have an important place in the diets of children and adults. Unfortunately, many low fat foods make up for the lack of flavor that would ordinarily be contributed by fat by adding more sugar or other sweeteners. Vitamins A and D are only fat soluble, meaning that without fat, your child’s may not assimilate them well. We’re not saying to slather on the butter, pile on the whipped cream. Instead, strive for a moderate amount of fats with a healthy balance of Omega 3-6-9 fats in your child’s snack.

Make snack time special with Brio: 
Brio features a healthy balance of Omega 3-6-9s. It is rich and creamy, yet has approximately half the total fat of super premium ice cream, 65 percent less saturated fat and 75 percent less cholesterol.

4. Don’t overload calories
Consider how many calories to allocate to your child’s snack based on their level of activity andthe other meals they consume.

A moderately active 4 to 8 year old should consume a total of 1,400 to 1,600 calories per day. Boys ages 9 to 13 should consume 1,800 to 2,200 calories; moderately active girls in this age group should consume 1,600 to 2,000 calories per day.

You don’t want to let your child consume an entire meal’s worth of calories in a snack.

Make portion control easy. Kids (and adults) have a difficult time stopping when they’re eating chips or cookies from a large bag. Choose products that offer single serve portions to help control portion size.

Make snack time special with Brio:
Brio’s convenient 3.6-oz. single serves have just 160 to 170 calories. Special bonus: Brio is antioxidant-rich, with probiotics, protein and a full spectrum of micronutrients. 

5. Make nutrition fun
Make it convenient and fun for your kids to choose nutritious snacks. Prepare smart snacks (such as slices of veggies, hummus, fruit parfaits, sliced fruit and cheese, almond butter and wholegrain crackers) in advance and place them front and center in your fridge.

Make snack time special with Brio:
Keep your freezer stocked with Brio, so that a nutritious snack is instantly ready no matter how busy you are. Kids love the rich, creamy taste and jump for joy at the opportunity to have ice cream as their snack!