Fit And Well Idaho: Healthy Snacks


By Brittany Cooper

Burley, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) March is National Nutrition Month and a perfect time to begin a new series called Get Active. Today it's all about making smart choices when it comes to snacks and with the help of a local dietician, we can hopefully provide you with some ideas.

"So let's take a look in this fridge."

Rebekah Ramsey is a Registered Dietician and a mother. The two go hand–in–hand, especially when it comes to making choices for her family.

But not everyone is on board. When it comes to healthy snacks, many families have the knowledge, but it's the motivation they lack.

Rebekah Ramsey, Registered Dietician, Cassia Regional Medical Center says, "we know what we should do, but as far as motivation and planning out nutrition, we need to make sure we take the time to plan so we have those healthy choices available for kids."

Her solution – a quick grab bucket. Fill one bucket with healthy snacks for the fridge and one for the pantry.

Ramsey adds, "yogurt is a great option, but this particular yogurt is probably two servings, so you want half of that for your kids, probably six ounces."

When children get home from school or practice, they can grab these sorted, pre–packaged items that are ready to eat.

Now for serving sizes. If you're a person on the go in this fast–paced society, you like quick fixes and convenience. Say you want to buy a bottle of juice. This V8 splash isn't just one serving, it's two.

"All of this information on the label you have to double because it's two servings," claims Ramsey.

A common product that is mis–used – salad dressing and Ramsey says, "this serving size is a whole pouch, 20 grams of fat in one pouch...I would say half is probably plenty."