As part of the curriculum, all children in school, at some point, will look at what makes a healthy diet. We use the Eatwell Guide to help us decide what makes a healthy meal.
If you were familiar with the old guidelines you may have noticed that sugary snacks and fatty foods are no longer included in the plate. This is because they are not actually necessary for a healthy and nutritious diet and should only be viewed as a treat. You may also have noticed that guidance on water and other healthy drinks has been added to the guide.
On this note we would like to give you some suggestions for healthy break time snacks.
Fresh fruit (orange, satsumas,apple, grapes, pear, plum etc.) which can be prepared and put in a Tupperware box if your child has trouble peeling things or biting into a large apple or pear. A dribble of lemon juice will stop a cut fruit going brown and looking less appetising. Carrot sticks, cucumber sticks, mange tout or baby corn on the cob (cooked or raw) are all good vegetable finger foods. A baby bell cheese, finger of cheddar or cheese string could also work well. If you’ve had a good healthy breakfast with some slow release carbohydrates to keep you going, these snacks are sufficient to last until lunch.
As you can see, fruit and vegetables is one of the bigger groups on the Eatwell Guide so choosing fruit or vegetables as a snack helps increase your intake and get the proportions correct. Sneaking fruit or vegetables into recipes can also help with this.