As you have seen in the news, Change for Life are always campaigning for healthier lifestyle. At the moment, they are focusing on snacks, keep reading or have a look at their website for some useful tips and info. It has loads of information, games, tips and advice for parents and children alike. You can even apply for money off vouchers!
Choosing Healthier Snacks
When it comes to snack time, we know it can be hard if your kids are pestering you or helping themselves to whatever they like from the cupboards. Snacks can all add up – and normally there’s more sugar in them than you think! We should all try to make smarter choices when buying packaged snacks by remembering this top tip: look for 100 calorie snacks, and 2 a day max!
100 Calorie Snacks;
Malt loaf, lower fat lower sugar fromage frais, 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! Although these snacks may contain 100 calories or less, products vary from shop to shop so remember to check the label.
How to check for 100 calories:
Many products have traffic light labels on the front of the pack. The calories are included on the left hand side of the label. Try to choose snacks with more greens and ambers on the label and cut down on snacks that show any reds. Not all packaged foods have traffic light labels but you can find out what you need to know about your snacks with the free food scanner app which is available at the Google Play Store or the Apple App Store.
You can also save money by preparing healthy snacks yourself. Fresh, tinned or frozen fruit and vegetables are always a great choice for a snack!
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