Healthier snacks for kids

Snack smarter and on healthy food with these easy tips and snack ideas!

Snack smart!

We all probably snack more than we realise. It's so easy to grab a chocolate bar or a bag of crisps if we're hungry, instead of reaching for something healthier, that we don't notice how often we do it.

If the snacks are there, we'll eat them! The ones kids like best are often high in sugar, sat fat and salt. Over time, too much of these can lead to serious health problems like heart attack, stroke and type 2 diabetes.

Don't try to cut out the kid's favourite snacks – just ease them, and yourself, in gently and they probably won't even notice.

Here are a few tips to get you started!

Two snacks max

Stick to just one snack in the morning and one in the afternoon. Don't feel guilty if the kids complain – blame "Max"!

Snack smart

Cut back on sugary snacks by swapping cakes, biscuits, chocolate and sweets for fruit, plain rice cakes, toast with lower-fat spread, fruited teacakes or a bagel.

 

Always add veg

Cherry tomatoes or carrot, cucumber, celery and pepper sticks all count towards your child's 5 A Day. Adding a small pot of reduced-fat hummus or other dips may help with getting kids to eat vegetables.

Get fruity

Aim to have at least one fruit snack a day to work towards your 5 A Day! Many kids aren't eating enough fruit, so sneak some in as a mid-morning snack. Apples, bananas, melon or pineapple – there's a whole rainbow to choose from!

Have a sip

If your kids ask for more snacks after you think they've had enough, they may actually be thirsty rather than hungry. Try offering them water or lower-fat milks.

DIY snacks

Ask your kids to help prepare healthier snacks from a selection of fruit, low sugar cereal and unsalted nuts — they're more likely to eat it if they made it.