Here at The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma Area Command, we deal with youth quite a bit. Besides having a vibrant Boys & Girls Club at 2808 SE 44th, we also have on average 19 children who live at our Family Shelter on a daily basis.
Like everywhere else in The United States, Oklahoma is battling against childhood obesity. This is a growing problem. According to the Centers for Disease Control, www.cdc.gov, childhood obesity has more than tripled in the past 30 years.
According to the CDC, Childhood obesity has both immediate and long-term health impacts, like high blood pressure, joint problems, sleep apnea, heart disease, cancer and arthritis.
Healthy lifestyle habits, including healthy eating and physical activity, can lower the risk of becoming obese and developing related diseases.
At our Boys & Girls Club, our 100 or so members take part in sports and recreation on a regular basis, but are also fed a nutritious snack and meal through The Oklahoma Regional Food Bank’s Kids’ Cafe program.
It’s one of the ways The Salvation Army is “Doing the Most Good” for kids and their health. So, with that in mind, here are a few healthy snacks you can make for your kids at home… and they are pretty tasty for adults too!
There’s a great blog at http://blog.superhealthykids.com/snacks/ that has all kinds of snack recipes that are good and good for you. Here’s an example from the blog:
“Coral Snake Snack: To make the snake, we skewered slices of strawberries and bananas until we had a snake body.”
Other healthy snack ideas:
Cut an apple in half, core and spread with 2 Tbl. of peanut butter
Cut celery and fill with low-fat cream cheese or peanut butter
One cup air-popped popcorn. Season with different seasonings like garlic, paprika or brown sugar
Fresh cut vegetables with low-fat Ranch dressing
Hummus and pita chips
There ya go! Happy snacking!
What are some of your favorite healthy munchies?