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Questions and answers: Make it a fresh snack - answers to frequently asked questions about healthy snacks for children
Make it a fresh snack encourages children, teenagers and parents to make good choices when it comes to eating between meals. Well-chosen snacks can provide the opportunity for children to get the energy and nutrients they require for healthy growth and development.
Setting good habits early in respect to snacks, can help ensure that kids get the best start to life, and do not head down the track towards diet-related diseases like high blood pressure, heart disease, high cholesterol, type-2 diabetes and osteoporosis.
If you do serve snacks, choose ones that are packed with lots of vitamins and minerals, calcium, iron and fibre. These are found naturally in:
It’s best to limit the foods that come in packets or boxes. When packaged food is prepared or processed, things like salt, sugar, fat, preservatives and colours are usually added and the good bits, like fibre and vitamins, are often reduced.
When you shop, think ‘fresh and unpackaged’, i.e. fruit and vegetables, meat, fish, dairy products and bread; and less packaging, which usually means less added salt, sugar and fat. These types of snacks have the vitamins, minerals, calcium, iron and fibre that kids need.
If you think fresh when choosing snacks, you can spend less money.
Although processed and takeaway foods might seem like good value, most of them don’t fill kids up for long – with less fibre to help them feel full, and more sugar, fat and salt, processed food can make kids feel hungry again really quickly.
No matter how much they eat, they never feel satisfied. So, you can actually save money by buying fresh foods and making your own snacks to eat at home or when you’re out.