Persons with Disabilities Should Be Offered Three Meals and Healthful Snacks at Appropriate Times and Environment Each Day
5.1 Why do we need 3 nutritious meals and snacks a day?
- To help control appetite, lead to feelings of fullness, and avoid overeating
- Choose foods that satisfy hunger such as foods high in fiber and protein, vegetables or fruits, whole grains, lean chicken/meats, dairy and plant proteins (nuts, seeds, soy). Protein and fiber take longer to digest and help keep our energy levels consistent. Plan your meals and snacks ahead of time
- Do not skip meals, this may cause you to overeat later on
5.2 The Importance of Mealtime Routine
- Sitting down together for mealtime can teach your child how to eat and helps your child develop social skills
- Offer your child multiple healthy food choices
- Modeling healthy eating behaviors can encourage others around you to do the same
- Make snacks user-friendly
- Pre-cut vegetables in small snack bags at eye level in the refrigerator
- “The purpose of a snack is to help keep you full so you don’t overeat later” – Clinical Dietitian at Piedmont
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