As a millennial mom, I have often given my daughter a snack to eat at school. This was met with mixed policies at her schools and she was denied many times this nourishment during the day. I was very frustrated, especially, when she tells me that it is hard for her to think in the few hours before lunchtime. What are your views on snacking throughout the day?
LiveStrong made a good point in an article about this very subject. They stated, “Food is turned into glucose in the body. Glucose gives your child’s body and brain the energy he needs to run just like gas gives a car the fuel it needs to go. In between meals, glucose levels fall. This can negatively affect your child’s mood, behavior and brain function. A snack at the right time between meals prevents major hunger pangs and gives your child an energy boost to keep him studying and playing hard at school.”
I believe that children function better with a full tummy. Now, healthy snacking is crucial at home and school, as well. Fruit, Community health Magazine offered some insight on the importance of healthy snacking at school, “Take even a brief look into research on how to properly fuel your body for success and health, and you’ll find an abundance of information to support the concept of frequent meals and hydration. Eating five to seven times per day in a grazing manner with a good blend of protein, healthy carbohydrates, healthy fats, and lots of water is the best method to keep the brain and muscles fueled, the metabolism moving, and blood sugar levels constant. These outcomes are keys to maintaining optimum energy and body fat levels. To do this, students need to eat something healthy about every three hours during the day.”
Let Them Snack!!!!