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With the start of a new school year right around the corner, many parents are looking for healthy snack options that taste great. The good news is that grocery stores now have more creative and healthy options for your kids than ever before.

school-snack-ideas As you navigate the supermarket aisles for healthy back-to-school snacks youshould be looking for foods that are less than 10 grams of sugar per serving and contain less than 20% of saturated fat and sodium per serving. According to a dietician I consulted, the closer you can get those numbers to 5% per serving for both saturated fat and sodium, the better.


On a recent trip to the grocery store this mom found pre-packaged healthy snacks, consisting of sliced apples, mild cheddar cheese and pretzels. Other pre-packaged containers had apples and peanut butter, carrots and dressing, or mini containers of hummus and pretzels. All easy to grab from the fridge and pack on a busy morning, and all great options for a lunch box or after school snack.


school-snack-ideas-1school-snack-ideas-2In the cereal aisle healthy snack options can be found with Junkless granola bars, a healthy chewy granola bar option which comes in flavors like Strawberry or Chocolate Chip. Another healthy option are Love Grown’s Blueberry Vanilla Polar Puffs and Fruity Sea Stars cereals, throw them in a baggy and your kids will think they’re eating the sugar laden commercial brands but you’ll know they’re getting a much healthier version to snack on.


Some healthier salty snack options include Barbara’s Cheese puffs come in individually packaged snack sizes and I Heart Keenwah, cheese puffs, baked with keenwah hidden inside.


school-snack-ideas-3school-snack-ideas-4The dairy aisle also holds lots of healthy snack options. Siggi’s is a kid-friendly yogurt brand that comes in a tube or a shake. Individually wrapped servings of cheese also now come in varieties from Gouda to Havarti, guaranteed to provide enough cheese options to take your kids through the entire school year.


school-snack-ideas-5Stay away from dried fruits such as raisins which tend to stick to teeth. Instead opt for individual cups of fruit with no added sugar. Other great fruity options include Shine’s organic blends of pureed fruits in a pouch. Flavors such as Banana Pumpkin Coconut Blackberry Vanilla Passion Flower Chia are sure to appeal to kid friendly taste buds. Also look for shelf stable GoGo Squeeze yogurt in lots of fun flavors.

school-snack-ideas-7As you can see, the new school year holds lots of promise for healthy snack options. As you’re shopping for school supplies, try out some new snack ideas as well. If you have any questions regarding healthy snack foods, feel free to give us a call and while you’re getting your kids ready for a great school year, don’t forget to also schedule their back-to-school dental check-ups at Pediatric Dental Associates of Randolph 973-989-7970.

For nearly 20 years it has been the mission of Pediatric Dental Associates of Randolph to help get young children started on the right path to a lifetime of good dental health. Our finely-tuned Early Childhood Dental Education Program engages thousands of preschoolers in Morris County every year. Fatemah Bageri, one of the magnificent hygienists at Pediatric Dental Associates of Randolph, has been teaching this program to pre-school aged children for the past 18 years. Her highly sought after, fun and engaging presentation includes more than just the importance of dental health, it also teaches the right way to brush and floss and how proper nutrition is a vital component to taking care of teeth.

The reception Fatemah receives from the children is wonderful and she is thrilled to be invited back year after year to educate young children about the importance of oral health. As a result of Fatemah’s work, nearly every preschooler in Morris County now knows that keeping bright shiny healthy teeth and gums is very important

Our early education program is a vital component to starting children on the path to a lifetime of good oral hygiene. Pediatric Dental Associates of Randolph is proud of our long standing commitment to touching the lives of as many pre-school aged children with this proven dental education program. To extend this commitment, we also provide free exams in our office to children under the age of two, helping to make this process easy for both children and parents alike. Our goal is that this early form of patient education coupled with the warm friendly enjoyable atmosphere of our office will give these kids a lifetime of something to smile about.

Begin cleaning your baby’s mouth during the first few days after birth by wiping the gums with a clean, moist gauze pad or washcloth. As soon as teeth appear, decay can occur. Brush your child’s teeth in the morning and before bed time.

For children under the age of 3 use a child-size toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste with an amount no larger than the size of a grain of rice. When your child has two teeth that touch, you should begin flossing their teeth daily.

For children 3 to 6 years of age, use a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste. Until you’re comfortable that your child can brush on his or her own, continue to supervise their brushing and remind them not to swallow the toothpaste.

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