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    Healthy snacks for overweight children

    jacampbell
    Fri Jun 14, 2002 6:19 pm
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    Does anyone have recipes for healthy snacks for overweight children. My daughter is sick of apples and sugarfree jello! She wants to eat snacks like her friends do...cookies and chips but they are too high in fat and sugar. We do have a something special for dessert once a week but snack time is becoming a battle.
    Thanks for any help.
    Mysterygirl
    Sat Jun 15, 2002 12:13 am
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    I love to freeze seedless red grapes. They taste almost like a popsicle that way and you are satisfied with a smaller number. Or you could try

    Portable Apple & Cheese Pleasers recipe #30633

    It's unusual but is very tasty. My SIL & I both made it for our children and I've passed it on to other mother's who wanted more healthy treats for their children.
    Dib's
    Sat Jun 15, 2002 7:09 pm
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    Hey there-I make smoothies and freeze the left overs for freezer pops, believe it or not rice crispie treats are low in fat, get Crystal Light for a fast and easy drink when your tired of water, and a ton of raw veggies and fruit. Di icon_wink.gif
    If you can find "Fit for Life" by Harvey and Marilyn Diamond-NOT Fit for Life 2-that will be a great help.
    Pippy
    Mon Jun 17, 2002 4:30 pm
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    I've just posted a recipe for low-fat Pita Chips. Should be a couple of days before it goes up, but they're way better than store-bought tortilla chips.
    sharonakz
    Tue Jun 18, 2002 12:21 pm
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    Check out baked tortilla chips and baked potato chips; they're usually 1 gram of fat per serving instead of 9 grams from the fried chips. Salsa is quite nutritious, too. You could make veggie or french onion dip with fat-free sour cream and Lipton's soup mix if she really wants chips (one of my favorite snacks as a kid!). Frozen yogurt comes in a fat-free version as well (although it can be high in sugar, so check the labels).
    Anu
    Wed Jun 19, 2002 12:31 pm
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    Tara
    Thu Jun 20, 2002 3:22 pm
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    Tortilla shells spinkled with a little cinnimon and sugar toasted on low heat in the oven is pretty good.

    At the gym the other week we were told for low fat snacks the best cheaters are popcorn with a topping your sprinkle on (they said Walmart has a microwave popper or use a hot air popper and they also sell the low cal toppings like cheese or BBQ). The other one was pretzels. You can get most that are low fat. Much better than chips.
    Kim D.
    Fri Jun 21, 2002 2:50 pm
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    I don't really have a recipe, but I do have an idea! My son loves breakfast cereal bars, and eats them for a quick breakfast or a snack. I can't even remember who makes them (maybe Kellogs) but they are advertized on TV as cereal and milk with out the bowl (My brain is ready for the weekend! LOL). Anyways, they come in three flavors... Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Chex and Honey Cherios. My son loves the Chex one! They are similar to a riced krispy treat and they only have 4 grams of fat!
    Brendall
    Thu Jul 18, 2002 9:37 am
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    My kids like yogurt, prunes quartered and dipped in sugar (we call them sugar plums), pretzels, strawberries, watermelon, grapes, bananas (pretty much any kind of fruit), crackers, cheese, nuts, and dried fruits. I try to give them a variety of foods to snack on in one setting--just don't give them very much of any one food--that way they don't get tired of any one particular snack. I also try to make sure they are drinking plenty of fluids. This helps cut down on the amount of food they want to eat (plus, they need the fluids anyway). icon_smile.gif Hope this helps! icon_smile.gif
    Charishma_Ramchandani
    Mon Sep 09, 2002 7:05 pm
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    I love Anu's Egg free milk free coffee raisin brownies for lack of better word, really good!
    SilentCricket
    Mon Sep 09, 2002 11:22 pm
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    Quote:

    Check out baked tortilla chips and baked potato chips; they're usually 1 gram of fat per serving instead of 9 grams from the fried chips. Salsa is quite nutritious, too. You could make veggie or french onion dip with fat-free sour cream and Lipton's soup mix if she really wants chips (one of my favorite snacks as a kid!). Frozen yogurt comes in a fat-free version as well (although it can be high in sugar, so check the labels).

    I agree with Sharonakz about the salsa. We're watching the fat in our house and we always have salsa on hand; Doritos brand and they claim to be 99% fat free! We're also able to get low fat corn chips in the supermarkets here in Australia and I'm sure you can get similar things in the States, maybe in the health food section if they're not in the regular chip/snack aisle.
    Also, you mentioned a special dessert once a week. Have you made an angel food cake recently? They are wonderfully low in fat! I did and my daughters, ages 12 and 6 went nuts over the pan I baked it in! (Boxed angel food mixes aren't sold here, so I had to make it from scratch!) When I served it, I used fresh strawberries and a dollop of "lite" whipped cream.
    If you feel like your creative juices are dried up and you need a break, I suggest you take a good look at your local supermarket and all the "low-fat" options that are available out there. Read labels carefully; especially the fat content. Maybe you could even bring your daughter along and both of you could see what's available and what she'd like to try.
    I hope things work out! icon_smile.gif
    Lisa Pizza
    Tue Sep 10, 2002 5:49 pm
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    Hi jacampbell,

    For what it's worth, I wanted to give you my perspective and caution you on putting your daughter on 'diets'.

    My mom had me on diets from the time I was in third grade (at least that's as far back as I remember), and I can't tell you the lifetime of turmoil it's caused.

    It was very damaging for me to have foods that were 'off-limits' because they were too fatty, etc. Being denied those 'treats' never taught me how to balance my eating. And because they were 'no-no's' of course that's ALL I ever wanted and began sneaking food at an early age.

    I remember going to school with a half a sandwhich, and apple and baggie of plain popcorn. It hurt.

    And looking back at pictures, I was not THAT overwieght. But my perception was so twisted, I felt like a cow.

    I really hope I'm not offending you, but I felt compelled to tell you this. I obviously don't know your situation, but it scares me to hear of children on diets and eating low-fat foods.

    Instead, I think I would have benefitted from being given a better self-image (instead of feeling fat) and appreciation for my body and been exposed to different physical activities.

    It's all about balance. After more than 30 years, I'm finally figuring that out.

    Again, I hope I haven't offended you and this is obviously only my opinion.

    Best of luck to you and your daughter! icon_smile.gif
    SilentCricket
    Tue Sep 10, 2002 9:15 pm
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    Quote:

    Does anyone have recipes for healthy snacks for overweight children. My daughter is sick of apples and sugarfree jello! She wants to eat snacks like her friends do...cookies and chips but they are too high in fat and sugar. We do have a something special for dessert once a week but snack time is becoming a battle.
    Thanks for any help.


    Hi! I was just reading Lisa's post and it got me thinking that new snack ideas may not be the only solution you may want to check into. Perhaps you could talk to a doctor, nutritionist, or dietician to see if there are any other options out there for your daughter. Also, I would encourage you both to tackle this situation as a team, with the same motives and goal, if you aren't doing that already. That's half the battle right there! Good luck!
    Hylander30
    Thu Sep 19, 2002 8:33 pm
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    I just found out about this snack and it is awesome. Take a graham cracker and split it in half. Put a tablespoon of fat free cool whip and make a sandwich. Then freeze. It is VERY low fat and it tastes like an icecream sandwich. Try the chocolate graham crackers. Enjoy!
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