fox7Dr. Katalenas was featured on “Good Day Austin” on KTBC FOX on August 31st sharing her tips for healthy after school snacks.

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Dr. Marta Katalenas, a children’s health expert, is a Round Rock pediatrician and a clinical assistant professor for UTMB.

She stopped by Good Day to talk about cleaning out your pantry and providing healthy after-school snacks for your kids.

What your kids eat when you’re not looking may surprise you. You’ve heard of spring cleaning, but have you ever considered fall cleaning? Take some time to clean out your pantry and get rid of unhealthy snacks.

Make it easy on your kids to eat healthy but only providing healthy options at home. They have have sweet and salty snacks on occasion, but only on occasion. If you keep these foods in your pantry, your kids are likely to eat them as often as they can get away with it.

Below is a list of healthy alternatives to unhealthy snacks:

  • Get rid of potato chips – replace them with whole wheat crackers and low-fat cheese
  • Get rid of fruit-filled toaster pastries – replace them with multigrain bread with raspberry jam
  • Get rid of pizza rolls – replace them with English muffins, pizza sauce, and low-fat mozzarella
  • Get rid of fruit-flavored snacks – replace them with fruit

About the Author

Dr. Katalenas

Dr. Katalenas is a pediatrician and owner of The Pediatric Center of Round Rock and the author of the book "The Step Up Diet: From Scratch… The Quality, Quantity, and Timing Solution to Childhood Obesity", a guide to healthy cooking and eating for busy families.