Helpful tips

Top 10 tips for healthier snacking

Here’s our top ten tip for those who love to snack!  Let’s look at a healthier way…

  1. Save time by slicing veggies
    Store sliced vegetables in the refrigerator and serve with dips like hummus or low-calorie dressing.
     
  2. Mix it up
    For older school-age kids, mix dried fruit, unsalted nuts, and popcorn in a snack-size bag for a quick trail mix. Blend plain fat-free or low-fat yogurt with 100% fruit juice and frozen peaches for a tasty smoothie.
     
  3. Grab a glass of milk
    A cup of low-fat or fat-free milk or milk alternative (soy milk) is an easy way to drink a healthy snack.
     
  4. Go for great whole grains 
    Offer whole-wheat breads, popcorn, and whole-oat cereals that are high in fibre and low in added sugars, saturated fat, and sodium. Limit refined-grain products such as snack bars, cakes, and sweetened cereals.
     
  5. Nibble on lean protein
    Choose lean protein foods such as low-sodium deli meats or unsalted nuts. Wrap sliced, low-sodium deli turkey around an apple wedge. Store hard-cooked (boiled) eggs in the refrigerator for kids to enjoy any time.
     
  6. Keep an eye on the size
    Snacks shouldn’t replace a meal, so look for ways to help your kids understand how much is enough. Store snack-size bags in the cupboard and use them to control serving sizes.
     
  7. Fruits are quick and easy
    Fresh, frozen, dried, or canned fruits can be easy “grab-and-go” options that need little preparation. Offer whole fruit and limit the amount of 100% juice served.
     
  8. Consider convenience 
    A single-serving container of low-fat or fat-free yogurt or individually wrapped string cheese can be just enough for a snack.
     
  9. Swap out the sugar
    Keep healthier foods handy so kids avoid cookies, pastries, or candies between meals.
     
  10. Make your own
    Try making your own energy bars, with less sugar and a lot cheaper