Healthy snack ideas

You have an important role in developing your child’s knowledge in, and attitudes, to healthy eating and oral health.

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A varied, tasty and enjoyable diet as a child supports lifelong healthy eating habits.

Pre-school children have small appetites and need regular meals and healthy snacks in between to help their growth and development.

Some suggestions for healthy snacks:

  • Fresh fruit - grapes, melon, a banana, strawberries, a tangerine, a pear, a peach, a plum, an apple. Fresh fruit kebabs can be fun to make.
  • Fresh vegetables - tomatoes, celery, carrot and cucumber sticks, sliced peppers, sugar snap peas.
  • Sandwiches - try various fillings: cold meat, tuna, grated cheese, egg, salad items, tomato or banana.
  • Some other choices - bread sticks, oatcakes, crackers, rice cakes, a plain or cheese scone, a crumpet, a bagel, a potato scone, a pancake, a toasted teacake.

Dried fruit and fruit juice can be counted as one portion of each of your 5-a-day fruit and vegetables. However, they contain hidden sugars and are best taken at mealtimes. Get more information on hidden sugar in food and drinks.

2.2.3_Bite sized fruit and vegetables