Did you know the food pyramid is obsolete?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.

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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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