Sometimes picking a snack for your child (or yourself) is more challenging than planning an actual meal. To help guide you through this culinary mine field, Bon Appetit spoke to Registered Dietitian Abby Langer about the most — and least — healthy school snacks.
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Luckily, Langer has a very realistic view on feeding children, probably because she has two herself. “The best snack choices don’t have labels because they’re fresh food,” she told Bon Appetit. She went on to explain, “I get so tired of hearing about food being ‘toxic.’ It’s okay to have a Rice Krispies Treat a few times a week.”
In terms of snacks that aren’t apples and celery sticks, cheese came in at the top of the healthful rankings, as a “great source of protein and calcium,” earning it an A+. Peanut butter pretzels came in second, with Langer calling them “pretty high in protein and low in sugar” and “not as evil as you might think.” (Same.) Yogurt was somewhere in the middle, but the real villain of the lunchbox is sugary snacks and lollies. Bummer.
A Nutritionist Ranks Your Favourite School Lunch Snacks [Bon Appetit]