Did you know the food pyramid is obsolete?

Many of us remember the iconic food pyramid - with lots of grains (carbs) at the bottom and limited fats and sweets at the top.  The pyramid was challenged by a Harvard study in 2002.  Since then, the USDA has adopted the MyPlate system.


Carilion Clinic dietitian Martha Ross recently spoke with WDBJ about healthy snacking for kids during the summer.  Check our her list of 9 healthy snacks your kids (and you) will love.


  • Freeze grapes or banana slices.
  • Put fruit instead of ice cream in an ice cream cone or muffin liner
  • Put gold fish, low fat cheese crackers or fruit in a muffin liner - a muffin liner holds about four ounces - the perfect portion.
  • Use three  crackers with low fat cheese. (Kids love to cut the cheese in to shape with small cookie cutters.)
  • Slice a banana long-way and fill with peanut butter or other nut butter. Then cut into coin shape.
  • Slice an apple horizontally and spread peanut butter and cinnamon. Use nuts to make a smiley face.
  • Use an empty egg container with leftover plastic Easter eggs and fill them with different food items.
  • Put fruit or nuts in a sandwich bag. Clamp a decorated clothes pin in the center of the bag to look like a butterfly. The clips are reusable!
  • Bake some fresh peaches and blueberries with cinnamon in microwave. Use a little honey if needed.

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