It might not be surprising that purchase of snacks like popcorn, pretzels and potato chips have skyrocketed along with the spread of the Coronavirus at the beginning of March, according to NPR
But just as the nation as a whole is trying to flatten the curve of the virus, so too should your family try to reduce the impact of certain unhealthy snacks.While snacks can be good for kids by providing a much-needed energy boost between meals, over snacking on the wrong foods can wreak havoc on little tummies and behavior. However, if the right foods are offered at the right times, snacks can play an important role in managing kids’ hunger, boosting nutrition and giving them something to do during long stretches at home. A well-timed snack can even keep younger children from getting so hungry that they become cranky.“It is important to set some guidelines for snacking, similar to meals throughout the day, so that kids and adults do not overconsume snacks,” said Lana Chehabeddine, program coordinator for FLIPANY
, whose mission is to fight childhood obesity and hunger by focusing on healthy food preparation, food security, physical education and work-site wellness. Since many of the most-offered kids’ snacks tend to be of lower nutritional value than meals, it’s important to make sure you’re offering good snack choices.