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What to give your child for snacks
Foods that must be chewed with
a grinding motion may present
a choking danger for children
younger than age 4. They are:
- nuts (do not give your child
peanuts until age 7)
- whole hot dogs
- raw carrots or other
- hard vegetables
- hard candy
- large marshmallows
- lollipops with hard sticks
- caramel corn or Cracker Jack®
- whole grapes
- chunks of meat or cheese
Empty calories give your child calories but no vitamins
or minerals. Your child can have some empty calories
but too many can fill up your child.
- sugars or sweeteners: soft drinks, fruit punch, candy,
cakes, cookies, pies and ice cream
- solid fats: cookies, cakes, pizza, cheese, sausages,
fatty meats, butter and stick margarine
Give your child healthful snacks.
Avoid foods high in sugar or foods that have empty calories (such as soft drinks or juice).
Eating extra sugar puts your child at risk for tooth decay, even if she is just getting baby teeth.
Because your child may not eat a lot during meals, it is important that she eat healthful snacks.
Go to choosemyplate.gov for meal and snack patterns and ideas.