Healthy snacks for kids
Finding healthy and affordable foods that kids actually like can be a battle for many parents, but it is possible to find those healthy and affordable alternatives.
"There's a stigma that eating healthy can cost more money," said Wendy Palmer, a registered dietitian with Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, "but I think knowing which products to purchase that are more cost effective, you can actually save a tremendous amount of money and make healthier choices at the same time."
Palmer and her associates compared five popular kid snacks with healthier alternatives and netted out the price difference over a year and found their alternatives would save a family more than $2,000.
They cost at least $2.00 a box and experts say if they have chocolate drizzled on them or a coating on the bottom, they're essentially candy.
According to Palmer, "Nutritionally, it's very similar to a candy bar. A better choice there for a snack would be an applesauce cup and a cheese stick."
But be sure to check the label of the ultra-convenient pouches of applesauce. To get it into that pouch form that can be squeezed out, they add juice or sugar to it, according to Palmer.
Many parents overlook the $4.00 price tag on fruit smoothies because of what they believe to be health benefits, but those can also be packed with sugar.
"A much more economical and better choice is to buy your own yogurt and add into that fruit," Palmer said.
Experts said many of those chewy fruit snacks are deceiving. Most are just sugar and food coloring. Palmer recommends going for raisins instead.
Try substituting these with carrots and peanut butter.
Water is always a good choice!
Since kids love juice, dietitians say having one juice box a day is fine, as long as it's 100 percent juice.