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Health Minute: Treats vs. Snacks

Snacks should be healthy mini-meals that tie kids over between regular meals.

CNN -- Now that Halloween is over, children have their candy at home and will be eating plenty of treats, but don't forget to keep those health snacks as part of their day.

It's an uphill battle for many parents because lots of the so-called snack foods are really treats, goodies packed with added sugar or fat.  But snacks should be healthy mini-meals that tie kids over between regular meals. 

Registered Dietitian Julie Schwartz offers lots of healthy snack ideas.

"Fruit with yogurt, maybe whole grain crackers and low fat cheese, and something like a veggie and a dip of humus," says Schwartz.

And Schwartz says one of the best ways to tell if a food is a snack or treat is to read nutrition labels. 

"Try to avoid sugar in the top three ingredients. Any kind of sugar, or if it's listed three different times," says Schwartz.



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