Last week, The 2010 Dietary Guidelines were launched by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Department of Health and Human Services to prevent diet related disease and obesity as well as increase activity among the American population . Unlike previous Dietary Guidelines, these new guidelines are focused on research – lots of research!
The statistics now show that over 33 % of children and now 66% of adults are overweight or obese. As a result, the new 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans focus on balancing calories with physical activity, and encourages Americans to consume more vegetables, fruits, whole grains (fiber) , fat-free and low-fat dairy products, and seafood, and eat less salt, saturated and trans fats, added sugars, and refined grains (white flour, white rice).
Five Healthy after school snacks for kids:
THINK : 1. GRAIN 2. FRUIT /VEG 3. PROT/DAIRY
- 1/4C Salsa, 1 serving Baked Tortilla Chips & 1C OJ with calcium
- 1C Cereal (containing 4gm or more of fiber) , 1 C skim milk and 1C whole strawberries
- 2 slices whole grain bread, 1 Tbsp peanut butter, 1/2 large sliced banana
- 1 C low fat yogurt, 1/4C low fat granola, 1C blueberries
- 1C reduced sodium soup, 7 reduced reduced fat /reduced sodium Triscuits , 1C skim milk
- 2 corn tortilla’s, 1/4 C refried beans, low fat mexican mix cheese- heated in oven or microwave, 1C water
- 1C carrots/celery, 1/4C hummus, 1/2C no salt pretzels, 1c skim milk
- 1 whole wheat tortilla, 1/2C baby spinach, 2-3 slices tomato , 2 oz lean Dietz & Watson Lite Gourmet Breast of Turkey, 1 tsp Dietz & Watson Honey Mustard. 1C OJ with calcium
- 1 C chili, 1 slice whole wheat toast, 1 C skim milk