Do you battle to get your children to eat healthy snacks? Here are a few simple suggestions and ideas on how to win the fight.
Do your kids come home from school ‘hangry’? Sure it may be that he/she didn’t enjoy the day’s lessons or has had a disagreement with a friend, but more often than not there is a scientific reason for the mood. Low blood sugars. We all know that eating little and often – snacking – can take the edge off your hunger pangs. However, understanding which snacks are good and which are bad is the key. The other consideration to take into account, is how active is your child, important when considering the calorific content of particular snacks and how often they actually need re-fuelling. Visist nhs.uk and search for “how many calories does my child need?” But here are a few pointers on afterschool snacks to help lift the mood.
- A piece of fruit, banana, apple or orange are a good choice
- A small bowl of wholegrain cereal
- Peanut butter – try this with the fruit, simply spread onto sliced apple or banana
- A boiled egg
- Some raw vegetable sticks with humous, chopped carrot, celery, broccoli, sliced peppers
- Cheese stick, be careful with portion size here.
- Rice cakes with peanut butter or cream cheese.
- A fruit smoothie
These are just a few pointers, but many more can be found online simply google “childrens healthy snacks”
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