During our Healthy Schools Day on Friday 12th January 2018 we looked at the new NHS initiative on swapping high fat and sugar snacks for lower calorie options.

The initiative bases its ideas on children having only 2 x 100 calorie snacks per day.  The calorie counting does not include fruit and vegetable items in snacks as they are part of a healthy diet, but things like biscuits and crisp items that we don’t require for a healthy diet, but love to eat.

The snacks that we suggest for break times at school would be ideal, we promote vegetables and fruit as it helps to meet your daily “5 a Day”, vegetables have less natural sugar than fruit.

The counting of 200 calorie snacks is outside the calorie intake that is consumed by your child in meals, as part of a normal healthy diet. The Eatwell Guide will help you with providing a good balanced diet.

When choosing a snack consider whether you or your child are consuming “empty calories” are there any nutrients and minerals in the snack (e.g. nuts, low fat cheese,) or is it just processed carbohydrates, fats sugars and salts (fried crisps, biscuits, chocolate)?

When you are looking for those small snacks for home consider the NHS advice:

Make smarter choices when buying packaged snacks by remembering this top tip: look for 100 calorie snacks, two a day max!

Here are some suggestions:

100 calorie snacks

  • 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

These snacks may contain 100 calories or less, but products vary so remember to always check the label.

Further information on this initiative can be found at:

https://www.nhs.uk/change4life/food-facts/healthier-snacks-for-kids/100-calorie-snacks

If you log on to this website you can join Change4life and download vouchers to get money off healthy snacks.