We've all read the news: Diets that are high in refined sugars and calories -- from candy, soft drinks, fast foods and vending machine snacks -- have been shown to contribute to obesity in kids, and adults for that matter. It can be so easy for them to grab a bag of chips to snack on in the afternoon but, as research continues to show, simple carbohydrates aren't necessarily your kids' friends.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, 80 percent of 10- to 15-year-olds who are overweight become obese adults by the age of 25. One way to be sure your kids are on a healthy track? Pay attention to how they snack.
The best after-school snacks are those that are full of protein and lots of complex carbohydrates, and we have five tasty suggestions to get the snacking started.