When it comes to giving your kids a healthy lifestyle, what they eat between meals is just as important as what you serve them for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
A snack often means chips, biscuits or something sweet – but most pre-packaged snacks are filled with added sugar and artificial nasties. Not to mention the biggest culprit: drinks. More than half of Australian kids aged 2-16 drink one or more sugar-sweetened beverage – daily. This includes cordial, fruit juice, energy drinks, flavoured milk and the big one, soft drink. Kids actually drink more soft drink than adults! This has been linked to all sorts of problems, from tooth decay to obesity and Type 2 diabetes.
So how can you make sure your kids are eating healthy snacks? We’ve got a few tips, as well as ideas for easy snacks that kids love.
Talk to them about nutrition. Explaining why soft drink, chips and other unhealthy snacks aren’t good for their body is more effective than just telling them they’re not allowed to have what they want. Plus, it gives them the information they need to start developing their own healthy habits. Once they’re older, kids can learn how to read labels to see whether something is healthy or not.
Let kids choose. Provide a selection of healthy snacks for after school or weekends, and then give them the choice! If there aren’t unhealthy options in the house, then there’s no way the kids (or you!) can eat them.
Be a role model. It’s no good telling your kids they have to stick to fruit if they know you head straight for the chocolate when you get home!
Try some of these healthy snack ideas!
– Fangks chocolate or strawberry milk mix with skim milk. Fangks is sugar free, allergy friendly and completely natural. It’s a great way to give the kids a treat without worrying about it being bad for them.
– Homemade dip with carrot, celery and capsicum sticks. We love hommus, but try whatever your kids like best!
– Apple slices with natural peanut butter.
– They’re fun to make and are an interesting change from whole fruit. Add chocolate Fangks to a berry smoothie for a healthy chocolate treat!
– Plain popped popcorn – just as crunchy and tasty as chips, and without the salt and fat.