Tip #7 Healthy snacks
As kid’s stomachs are little and can only take small portions at a time, they might need to replenish their energy after exercise, after school or after homework – away from meal times.
This is also when they are usually very hungry and the best time to introduce new healthy snacks.
Here are some tips:
¨ Before a meal, if your child starts acting up and showing hunger and low energy, give them some cut up vegetables. Even if it spoils their appetite a little, at least they’ll have had the vegetables!
¨ Ideas of healthy snacks: pieces of vegetables with houmous, nuts and seeds, fruits, dried fruit (dates, apricots, raisins), soups, yogurt with fresh berries, smoothies, cucumber and houmous sandwiches in wholemeal bread, fruit bars, avocado sandwiches in wholemeal bread, sushi, homemade sweet potato wedges with no salt, plain popcorn cooked in a tsp of butter, plain rice cakes with butter and fruit spread, or some cream cheese, houmous, avocado.
¨ Give them a ‘healthy snack’ before you give them any other treat like pancakes (homemade with wholewheat flour), wholemeal biscuits, butter-only pastries (without vegetable fat), wholemeal bread with a few pieces of dark chocolate, homemade pastries (with at least 50% wholemeal flour) and cakes.
¨ Make sure they drink water with their snacks.
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