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Evening: BEDTIME


.Slumber Snacks You say it constantly: "The kitchen is closed!" Because the last thing you want to do is whip up meals at all hours. But a light bedtime snack can help kids sleep-especially if they're experiencing a growth spurt and need extra calories. Have them sit at the table to eat it, before teeth brushing and story time. What to serve? A mini-meal of carbs, protein and fat. Cheese and crackers, half a sandwich and apple slices with peanut butter all have snooze-inducing powers.

Source: Christine Palumbo, RDN, FAND, a Chicago-area dietitian and nutritionist

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