Snacks with Cheese Leave Kids Fuller, Healthier
While cheese gets a bad rap sometimes for its fat content, there's plenty of evidence it's a healthy snack. One recent study published in the journal Pediatrics showed kids who snacked on cheese and veggies felt more satiated than kids who snacked on potato chips, despite the cheese/veggie snack having 70% fewer calories. Cheese's high protein content may make eaters feel more full, and therefore less likely to overeat.
It's hard to eat just one potato chip. The salt, the fat, the crunch — no wonder we mindlessly munch away, especially if we're parked in front of the TV. So is there something better for children to snack on in the afternoon, especially if we're looking to limit their calories? It turns out that the combination of cheese and raw veggies like broccoli, carrots and sliced peppers may be the best option from both a nutrient standpoint and a satiety one.