Children naturally have high energy requirements to support their growth and development, as well as what they need for activity, sport and play time.
If children don’t get enough energy from food, they may become tired, irritable, and have poor concentration, losing their interest in being active.
PediaSure Complete is a nutrient-rich, lactose-free drink that provides balanced nutrition for children from age three to ten, experiencing growth challenges. Long-term clinical studies using two glasses of Pediasure Complete daily has been associated with improved appetite and physical activity and a reduction in the number of sick days.
Here are some tips on how to get your active kids snacking the healthy way:
1. The ideal snack should be nutritious and wholesome, and not too big
Healthy snack ideas are fresh fruit, unsweetened yoghurt, lean biltong, raw and unsalted nuts and seeds, cheese wedges or sugar-free peanut butter on wholewheat crackers, and bite-sized veggies with a dip like cottage cheese, hummus, avo spread or peanut butter.
2. Often the excitement of play can distract a young child from eating a healthy snack.
Focus on easy-to-eat, finger-foods that can quickly be nibbled on the go.
3. Remember to pack extra snacks if your children are taking part in activities after school.
Use a fun, kid-friendly lunch box to keep food from getting crushed in school bags.
4. Children should be encouraged to sip fluids regularly rather than wait until thirsty.
For the active child, the use of sports drinks in place of water on the sports field or as a general beverage is unnecessary. On occasion though, very active children can use a carbohydrate-containing drink like a milk, diluted fruit juice, or a sports drink if participating in high intensity exercise for longer than an hour.
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