High-Protein Snack Strategies to Keep Your Kid Full All Day Long

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In the olden days—you know, way back when our young ones reliably went off to school and camp—kids complained that there was nothing to eat after a long day of classes or playing with friends, but at least you had a few hours when no one was asking you for a snack. Now, however, with everyone buzzing around the house 24/7, those youngsters are rummaging through the pantry or fridge every time you turn around.

Sure, sometimes they’re eating out of boredom—we all do it. But if your kids are the perpetual chips-and-cracker-munching sort, it’s likely they’re grazing constantly because they’re never truly satisfied. Perhaps they would benefit from more protein in their lives. Snacks that contain a balanced amount of protein, produce, and carbs can sate a child’s hunger throughout the day, research shows. Put differently, protein-packed snacks can beautifully bridge the gap between snack time and

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Sweet or tart, cherries are the bomb | Health Beat

Cherries are seemingly magical. They are incredibly good for your health. (For Spectrum Health Beat)

Michigan is home of the Cherry Capital of the World and produces more tart cherries than any other state.

So it’s good news for Michigan residents—and those beyond—that cherries offer several unique and well-researched health benefits.

Greg Stacey, a dietitian with Spectrum Health, is a firm believer in eating cherries and drinking cherry juice. Not only are cherries low in calories (75 to 100 calories per cup), they are bursting with vitamins, minerals, fiber and antioxidants.

“Over time, I was bombarded with articles about cherries,” he said. “Finally I said, ‘This is something I need to eat every day.’”

Stacey’s top 6 health reasons why you should eat cherries:

1. Cherries help athletes recover more quickly.

Research shows that tart cherry juice will improve athletic performance and recovery in both strength and endurance

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