Snack Toss-up: Choosing the Healthier Alternative for Your Toddler
Aurora Feliciano-Bauzon, M.D., a professor of pediatrics at the University of SantoTomas (UST) Faculty of Medicine and Surgery, dishes on the healthiest choices you can offer for your child’s merienda.
Cheese pizza and grilled cheese both have the same fat content, although kids usually prefer pizza. The good thing is that they will benefit from the tomatoes in the pizza sauce.
Popcorn or chips? While both popcorn and chips use fat in their preparation, chips are usually saltier. In this case, popcorn would be the better option because the amount of salt can be controlled.
Bananas or oranges? Both are good sources of vitamins and potassium. Bananas usually cause constipation (especially the latundan variety) and are highly recommended in cases of diarrhea. If your child is constipated, give him oranges instead.