Munchies for Munchkins

They're all over in our grocery store aisles, TVs and radio … ads for 'healthy' snacks for your kids.  But most of them are no where near being 'healthy' for your kids.  Why?  One word, sugar.  A kiddo who's 1 – 3 years old should get 17 grams of sugar per day.  So let's take a look at one of those chewy granola bars.  On average, these 'healthy' little snacks have 7 grams of sugar in them.  And don't even get me started on the fruit snacks that are perfectly-packaged and brightly-colored for kids and parents alike to think they're just perfect for an afternoon snack.  One of these little bags has between 11 and 18 grams of sugar in them.  Yikes!  Checking the labels should be a quick fix … and don't just look for the word 'sugar'.  See if high fructose corn syrup, dextrose, sucrose, cane juice or maltose (just to name a few) are in the ingredients because those are just different names for sugar.  The key is to be smarter than the marketers and stay simple.  And don't forget to get excited about healthy snacks and set a good example for your kids.  Fort Healthcare has put together a great run down of recipes and ideas to help us make healthy munchies for our munchkins.  Just click here to check 'em all out!