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4 Healthy After School Snacks

With childhood obesity and diabetes on the rise, many more families are searching for healthy snacks for their kids. Snacks are one way that saturated fats, sugars, and refined carbohydrates tend to sneak into kids’ diets. Limiting them is one way to cut down on caring for sick children, or going to the doctor for pediatrics care in time of illness.

Glendale pediatrics doctors and pediatrics care providers nationally recommend keeping these bad health culprits out of children’s diets. One easy and delicious way to do this is to be proactive about snacks. Have some healthy snacks ready when kids come home from school. Healthier diets also mean fewer colds and flus, less caring for sick children and less pediatrics care.

Roasted Chickpeas

These crunchy, salty snacks are full of protein (12 grams per ounce) and super easy to make: drain and rinse a can of chickpeas. Spread them on a baking sheet and sprinkle with olive oil, salt, and Parmesan cheese (optional). Place in a 400 F oven and bake for 25-30 minutes.

Hummus and Veggies

Hummus is a bean dip that is easy to make or buy. Serve with carrot sticks, celery sticks, cucumber slices, jicama, bell pepper, and any other veggie you can think of. Hummus provides lots of protein, which is recommended by Glendale pediatrics doctors, and it’s delicious.

Revisit Breakfast

Granola is very simple and inexpensive to make at home, and is useful when caring for sick children. With a base of rolled oats, you can add nuts, seeds, coconut, and dried fruits of your choice. Sprinkle with oil—olive oil or coconut oil are healthy choices—a touch of salt and a teaspoon of maple syrup, if you like it sweet. Then, bake it in a low oven temperature (200-250), turning every 5 minutes so that it browns. Have this as a snack sprinkled over plain yogurt, or with milk.

Nut Butters and Fruit

As your Glendale pediatrics doctor will tell you, snacks with some protein go much further than those with simple carbohydrates or sugars. Protein-packed snacks keep your kids going until dinner, and ultimately they’ll feel fuller and consume fewer calories. Spread almond or peanut butter on celery sticks, apple wedges, or banana slices. Add raisins, dried blueberries, or dried cranberries for fun and a touch of sweetness.

Healthful ways of eating are the basis of successful pediatrics care. Eat healthy food and cut down on caring for sick children and sick days.

Posted in Blog on December 5th, 2014

Three Things You Might Not Know About Immunizations

Most parents are aware that immunizations are important and that immunizations for school are required. You may have studied your child’s immunization schedule, or simply left it to Glendale pediatrics doctors to proceed with the standard schedule. Either way, it’s good to know a bit about why we immunize, and how important it is to take your child in to your Glendale pediatrics doctors for their scheduled vaccines.

1. Immunizations Work Because of Group Immunity

Many parents wonder why it’s necessary to vaccinate their child against an illness like Polio, which seems eradicated. Take a leaky boat as an analogy. When a country begins immunizing against a widespread disease, it is like bailing water out of a boat that is half full and sinking. After much effort and over time, the boat may have only a small puddle in the bottom. But, bailing water does not fix the leak, so if you throw the bucket overboard, the boat will eventually fill with water again.

Diseases, unfortunately, do not go away. One person with the flu shot may not get sick, but everyone who didn’t get the flu shot can still spread the disease. When most everyone in a society is vaccinated, a disease will have no place to gain a foothold, and will not spread. This protects those for whom the immunization was not successful, or those who can’t receive vaccines, like newborn babies. This is the concept of herd or group immunity, and it is why vaccines work to prevent disease.

2. Measles Are On the Rise

2014 has seen a record number of measles cases in the U.S. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there have been 18 outbreaks and 592 cases so far this year, in 21 states. This underscores how important it is to stay up-to-date with your child’s immunizations for school.

3. Importance of Flu Shots

Did you know that every year thousands of people die of influenza? Young children can be especially vulnerable, so it is important to consider flu shots. The flu virus changes and each year flu shots contain different strains, so it is important to vaccinate annually, preferably in the fall. It takes several weeks for flu shots to take effect in the body.

Ask your Glendale pediatrics doctor about whether the nasal or injection flu shots are most appropriate for your child. You can also ask about which are immunizations for school and which immunizations are considered optional, like the flu shot.

Posted in Blog on September 26th, 2014