Discussion | Snacks

This week the BBC have published an article on children’s diets – in particular what the are eating as snacks. With childhood obesity still on the rise and a more in depth knowledge of sugar intake it’s no surprise this article has made its way to the headlines. You can read the full article here.

The article has highlighted that children’s snacks should be kept to 100 calories and only twice a day.

Now, we certainly don’t want to be counting the calories children in our care are eating, mainly for psychological reasons, but it has got us thinking about snacks are being given to children. Are they sugary and therefore quick due to time constraints on family life – are a lot of people out of ideas? Could it be down to portion size – as a snack, do you have to eat the whole of everything?

We have come up with a list of snacks that are healthy and delicious to try and increase the aray of snacks you give children over a week period. Whilst we agree on two snacks a day so that your child (and you!) benefit from successful mealtimes we haven’t been as strict on exactly 100 calories – but thereabouts. It is afterall the whole point of the BBC article!

Snack suggestions:

  • 1 boiled egg
  • ramekin of frozen peas
  • carrot/cucumber/pepper sticks with humous.
  • half a banana
  • plain rice cakes with marmite or small helping of peanut butter
  • berries
  • Small bowl of greek yogurt with a dash of honey. (Good protein source too!)
  • ramekin of plain popcorn
  • frozen grapes (older children)
  • 1 apple
  • 2/3 parmesan and pesto rolls – (our recipe)
  • seed mix
  • apple crisps (our recipe is here)
  • parsnip crisps
  • small slice of smoked salmon with cream cheese
  • small cup of olives

Happy snacking!

Young girl eating apple indoors

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