As the summer winds down for most of us it’s time for parents and school-aged children to get ready for the big yellow buses to roll through the neighborhood and classes to begin. It’s time for buying backpacks, new binders, uniforms, and packing all kinds of lunches.
At Toosum we believe in providing healthy snacks for all kids. Proper nutrition is important as kids grow, and snack time should be just as healthy and delicious as breakfast, lunch and dinner. According to Marilyn Tanner-Blasiar, a dietitian at Washington University School of Medicine, kids’ snacks should have fewer than 200 calories per serving and contain a daily value of 8 percent or less in total fat. Snack time accounts for about 10-15% of kids’ daily calories, so why not take the opportunity to include healthy ingredients?
Healthy snacks are an important part of helping children develop healthy eating habits and a regular eating schedule. Many nutritionists recommend eating five small meals a day rather than three large ones. Well-portioned snacks between meals can help children make a habit of grazing throughout the day, and encouraging nutritious snacks will allow them to develop a healthy relationship with food. They will also learn that healthy food can be tasty food at an early age, building a foundation for healthy eating habits as adults.
Portion control is also a vital component of healthy snacking. Younger children require less calories, with toddlers only needing about 1,200 calories per day. Once children reach the double digits, gender plays a role in calorie requirements, and girls require less calories than boys. A child’s activity level also greatly affects how many calories he or she needs. Although it can be fun to make snacks together, having pre-portioned snacks on hand can be perfect for times when parents and children are on the go. Remember that while healthy snacking is great, everyone needs an indulgence – especially kids.
At toosum we created a snack that not only packs a punch of wonderful nutrition but also satisfies those sweet cravings. 100 calories, Gluten Free Rolled Oats, Brown Rice Flour, Brown Rice Syrup, Dried Cranberries, Coconut, Banana, Blueberry, Acai, Cherry, Cane Syrup, Chicory Root Fiber, Seedless Raisins, Roasted Sunflower Seeds (sunflower seeds, sunflower oil), Cashew Butter (cashews, safflower oil), Coconut Oil, Chia Seeds and so much more goodness. Use our back to school coupon T15 and bring delicious and nutritious into your child’s daily meal plan.
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