Question: My children 5 and 7 always say that they are hungry between meals, but I am afraid that they are gaining too much weight. My 5 year old is getting pudgy. I want to give all my children healthy snacks without a lot of calories. What should I do.
Answer: It's great that you are concerned about your children's calorie intake. It seems that children are always hungry, no matter how well nourished they are. If possible, make sure you have regular meal times, so your children's systems become accustomed to eating at regular intervals. If you have the time, make up a "menu" of snacks they are allowed to have and allow them to shop with you for the snacks or prepare the snacks. keep portion sizes appropriate to their age, not to how the food comes packaged. Set friendly limits on how many snacks they can have per day. Some people like to give their children tokens at the beginning of the day which they can use as they like during certain hours. You'd be surprised how good children get at hoarding their tokens and doling them out slowly when they have to do it themselves.
Here are some healthy snacks:
Answer: Ah, the quest for hidden salt. You'll need to become a real label reader. Here are some ingredients that are high in salt ( or sodium):
Here are some more foods that are high in salt: