4. Granola Bars
These are some of the most popular snacks that are often touted as healthy. If you’re a mom who is trying to make healthy choices for your family, you probably buy granola bars often. However, the fact is almost all granola bars are very high in sugar. They are chock full of processed carbohydrates and sugary dried fruit. Some even have chocolate chips and other extras. Sometimes the bars are also bound together by some sweeteners such as honey or agave, but usually high fructose corn syrup is used, adding to the sugar content. What’s more, granola doesn’t contain a high amount of hunger-satisfying fiber and are typically calorie dense. It’s best to snack on this before a long hike or a physically demanding activity.
5. Dried Fruits
No matter how much you like fruits, you can only eat so many in one sitting. But dried fruits make it easy to have more than your fill of fruits. The bad news is, when fruit is shrunken down and dehydrated, its natural sugars are not extracted. So, in effect, eating dried fruits contribute to an increased sugar intake.
The Right Way to Snack
Eating a nutritious snack moderately a few hours prior to lunch or dinner can stave off hunger and prevent you from eating more than you should at mealtime. Every mom can include snacks in a healthy diet plan for their families by paying attention to everybody’s energy requirements and making sure snacks will not lead to excessive caloric consumption.
Eat sugary snacks occasionally and steer clear of foods with empty calories, which contain very little nutrition and are generally not filling. The best snacks that moms should keep in stock at home are whole foods that are relatively low in calories, but offer high nutritional value while providing a good amount of fiber.