‘Pick and Mix’ Snack Lists - A guide for parents
As a guide, it is suggested that children are offered food/drinks at least every three hours, which generally will mean 3 meals and 2-3 snacks each day. Offering food at a 'snack time' is better than allowing children to 'graze' on food.
Snacks are an important part of a child's daily food intake. Snacks are best provided well before or after a meal so they do not affect appetite.
In order not to spoil a young child's appetite for main meals, portion sizes for snacks need to be considered.
Snacks need to be snacks and meals need to be meals!
Provide only sufficient quantity of nutritious food to prevent children becoming too hungry.
Finally, children need nutritious snacks between meals. The best snacks are those without added sugar and too much fat but which offer a range of other nutrients. For positive dental health, avoid giving sweet biscuits, cakes, dried fruit at snack time, these can be part of a meal.
Use these 'Pick and Mix' snack ideas to help you vary the snacks you offer and take advantage of seasonal foods.