With summer slowly winding down, family vacations and last minute trips are in order. WebMd compiled a list of the 9 worst summer snacks for kids that you find not only at carnivals, fairs, and boardwalks, but also at your local super market.
They stress the importance of keeping kids active and limiting the consumption of high calorie/high fat foods to only once or twice a week at the most. Without the daily physical activity of school, high calorie/high fat snacks and meals during the summer can lead to weight gain if that extra energy is not used. What many of us do not realize is that children between the ages of 4-12 only require approximately 1,200-1,400 calories per day and 46-66 grams of fat.
- Baskin Robbins’ Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Sundae (one size): 1,250 calories, 81 grams fat, 91 grams sugar.
- Cold Stone Creamery Dark Chocolate cone (large): 800 calories, 47 grams fat, 68 grams sugar.
- Fried Macaroni and cheese (one serving): 572 calories, 33 grams fat, 1,840 milligrams sodium. (These numbers are for a homemade recipe, but fair versions would likely be comparable.)
- Cherry Slurpee (16 ounces): 240 calories, 64 grams sugar.
- Corn dog and fries: 770 calories, 1,600 milligrams sodium. (That’s 560 calories and 1,070 mg sodium for a 7-ounce order of fries, plus 210 calories and 530 mg sodium for a corn dog.)
- Fried dough (3 ounces): 360 calories, 20 grams fat.
- Dunkin Donuts Blueberry Muffin: 510 calories, 16 grams fat, 490 milligrams sodium, 51 grams sugar.
- Nestle Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Sandwich: 500 calories, 24 grams fat, 40 grams sugar.
- Lemonade (16 ounces): 198 calories, 51 grams sugar.