Choose healthier snacks

Frozen Grapes

Buy a pound of seedless grapes and pluck them from the vine. Wash them and place a handful of grapes into each of several sandwich-sized freezer bags. Put the bags in the freezer.

Once the grapes are frozen, they develop a popsicle like texture and taste deliciously sweet without any added sugar.

 

Fresh Fruit

This one is easy, just fill a large bowl with fresh fruit and keep it on your kitchen counter. Good choices include apples, bananas, pears, peaches, and oranges.

 

Fresh Vegetables and Dip

Teens love chips and dip, but they don't need the extra fats and sodium. Replace the chips with fresh-cut raw vegetables. Try carrot sticks or slices, broccoli, cauliflower, raw green beans, snap peas or celery. Cut them up ahead of time and keep them in the refrigerator. Serve the vegetables with veggie, chip, or nacho cheese dip. Salad dressing works too. Obviously, some dips are healthier than others, but the focus is on getting your teens to eat more vegetables.

 

Whole Grain Bread and Peanut Butter

Make the switch from white bread to 100-percent whole wheat bread, and any sandwich is instantly better for you.

 

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