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Vitamin A (500 mcg) can be readily found in vegetables, including carrots and sweet potatoes
Likewise, Vitamin C (45 mg) can found in fruits such as blueberries, strawberries, oranges, and cantaloupes
Of course, whenever in doubt, Food Guide Pyramid for Young Children (http://www.usda.gov/cnpp/KidsPyra/) remains standard for nutritional eating for children between ages of 2 and 6. This includes Bread, Cereal, Rice, and Pasta (6 servings a day); Vegetables (3 servings a day); Fruits (2 servings a day); Milk, Yogurt, and Cheese (2 servings a day); Meat, Poultry, Fish, Dry Beans, Eggs, and Nuts (2 servings a day); Fats, Oils, and Sweets (use sparingly).
Snacks will typically not ruin your child's appetite an hour or so before dinner because he or she has a small stomach. Because your child may not receive enough nutrients during dinner, snacks should be viewed as an important time to meet those needs, especially if they are offered at a regularly scheduled snack time.
However, beware of snacks that provide little more than calories such as chips, candy, and sodas. Elizabeth Ward, MS, RD, a spokesperson for American Dietetic Association, says, If you are going to offer snacks, make sure they are supplementing meals, not sabotaging them.
Here some healthy snack food suggestions:
Graham Crackers Popcorn Pretzels Milk Cheese Yogurt Hard Cooked Eggs Fruit Raw Vegetables Crackers, Rice Cakes, Celery with Peanut Butter Applesauce Dried or Canned Fruit Low-fat Pudding Animal Crackers Home-made trail mix made from dried fruit, nuts and dry cereal Bread Sticks Baked Chips and Salsa Dry Cereal
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