Kids (4-10 years) are having nearly 3 times more sugar than they should. Half of their sugar intake comes from unhealthy snacks such as:
- buns, cakes, pastries, biscuits
- breakfast cereals
- sweets, chocolate, ice cream
- cheese dipping pots, cheese strings, peperami
- after-school takeaways like chips and pizza slices.
All of this adds up to too much sugar and calories, which can lead to the build-up of harmful fat on the inside that we can’t see. This fat around vital organs can cause weight gain and serious diseases in the future like heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and some cancers. Having too much sugar can also cause tooth decay.
There are lots of ways to help your kids have a healthier smart snack whether on the go or at home. Fresh fruit and veg are always a great choice for a snack. But sometimes our kids want other types of snacks, especially those in packages!
So to help you out, we're suggesting a handy tip when buying packaged snacks, look for '100kcals, two a day max'.
It's to help you make quick decisions on packaged snacks when faced with lots of choice. It's not about calorie counting for the kids.
Parents have asked us for suggestions of what 100kcal packaged snacks look like. Here are some ideas to get you started:
- malt loaf slice
- lower-fat, lower-sugar fromage frais (some flavours include strawberry, raspberry, banana, apricot)
- fresh or tinned fruit salad
- chopped vegetables and lower-fat hummus
- plain rice cakes or crackers with lower-fat cheese
- sugar-free jelly
- one crumpet
- one scotch pancake
Remember to always check the label as products may vary.
Download the free Food Scanner app to help make shopping for 100-calorie snacks easier. The new and improved app brings labels to life and shows just how much sugar, salt and saturated fat is inside everyday snacks and drinks. It also provides calorie information per serving.
All you need to do is download the app and get started today!