What generally grows on a tree and lives in a shell? Nuts! If parents want to provide their kids with nutritionally dense real foods, consider nuts as one of their go-to snacks. These foods are delicious, convenient, filling and provide a host of health benefits.
Nuts are a potent source of many vitamins and nutrients. In fact, these foods pack so many health benefits that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) allows this disclaimer on packages: "Diets containing one ounce of nuts per day can reduce your risk of heart disease."
Here are just a few of the reasons to include nuts in a diet:
Parents can help kids make healthier dietary choices by making good snacks like nuts available for them to eat after school, pack with their lunches or enjoy in the car between extra-curriculars.
It's easy to include nuts in the family's diet in a variety of ways. These foods are quite versatile. They can be made into natural nut butters, chopped and used as a topping on salads or eaten whole.
When looking for a quick and easy snack, nuts are an excellent choice. People enjoy them raw, roasted, salted or seasoned. Great nutritionally dense nut choices include almonds, Brazil nuts, cashews, hazelnuts, pecans, pistachios and walnuts.
These yummy foods are a wonderful addition to a healthy diet, for both parents and kids. It's easy to go overboard with nuts and eat too many calories. To prevent overeating, parents should buy nuts in snack-sized packages or portion them out for kids beforehand.
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