Healthy snacks help kids and teens refuel
Healthy snacks in between main meals help kids and teens meet their daily nutritional needs.
Young children have smaller stomachs than adults, so they need to eat every few hours to keep up their energy levels and get the right amount of nutrients. Teens get particularly hungry during periods of fast development and snacks are important.
Snacks based on fruit and vegies, reduced fat dairy products and whole grains are the healthiest choices.
It is important to limit snacks that are high in sugar or saturated fats – such as chips, cakes and chocolate – which can cause children to put on excess weight. These ‘extra foods’ should only be offered occasionally.