Children need to eat a healthy balanced diet that contains the right number of calories. Each child burns a different amount of energy, so the number of calories per Day vary. For most school-aged children, the recommended number of calories is from 1,600 to 2,500 per day. Day.
All snacks that the children eat during the day can be added very quickly. If most of the snacks are high-calorie foods, such as sodas, sweets and fast food kids may start gaining weight. What happens is if you eat more calories than your body needs, all the remaining calories that we don’t burn during the day are converted into fat. Foods with saturated fat, sugar and salt provide few nutrients so they need to be restricted. Let’s look at the most popular snacks and how many calories are in them:
Biscuits – 3 biscuits – 150 calories
Cookies (especially chocolate chips) – 1 cookie – 69 calories
Chocolate bars – 1 bar 2.4 oz – 361 calories
Potato chips – 1 bag of 8 oz – 1242 calories
Corn chips – 1 bag 7oz – 1,026 calories
Sugary sodas – 8 oz – 97 calories
Look at all those calories! Let’s count how many calories your child gets in snacks eating some of these unhealthy foods. First snack get cookies, I’ve never seen anyone stop after the first cookie, my kids eat around 4. Second snack after lunch – 3 biscuits and a can of soda. Snack after dinner while watching TV bag of potato chips and another can of soda. Let’s add:
4 cookies + 1 chocolate bar + 2 sodas + 1 bag of potato chips = 1870 calories
1870 calories ONLY in snacks. Plus breakfast, lunch and dinner. You get the point. So next time your child says: I’m not hungry and I don’t want to have dinner, you know why. Try to offer your children a variety healthy snacks as this allows them to make their own choices and make them choose healthier options.