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KUSA - Kids are back in school, including in some of the areas of our Front Range that were hit by the flooding. Especially for those kids who are dealing with a lot, it's important to make sure they are keeping a healthy diet both in the classroom during snack time and at home after school.

Dr. Michelle Cardel, a Registered Dietician from University of Colorado's Anschutz Medical Campus, talked to 9NEWS about a healthy kids diet.

As part of a healthy diet, kids should eat three main meals and two to three healthy snacks a day. So, what are some things parents can do to make sure their children are eating healthy snacks?

1. Be prepared. If you are able to plan ahead, your kids will be able to eat a more balanced diet and be less likely to be cranky because they won't be starving. TIP: When you leave the house, take a cooler in your car stocked with fruits, vegetables, yogurt, and water so you don't have to rely on fast food.

2. Include fruits and vegetables. Snack time is a perfect time to sneak in some fruits and vegetables.

3. Get kids involved in choosing and preparing their own snacks.

4. For a snack with staying power, include a protein.

5. Get creative. Kids love fun snacks.

Did you know: Kids who drink more sugar-sweetened drinks such as sodas, fruit drinks, sports drinks, and teas consume more calories and are more likely to be overweight? Kids need water during snack time to stay hydrated, not sugar-filled drinks.

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