Snack time accounts for about 10-15% of kids’ daily calories and because they make up such an important part of a child’s diet, always try to choose healthier snacks over pre-packaged convenience foods. This, however, is easier said than done, as snacks in the supermarket are quick and easy to grab but are often unhealthy and packed with sugar, so being prepared is essential.
We’ve teamed back up with Claudi and Fin who have done the hard work for you and put together some great summer snacks to help keep you and your kids healthy this summer!
Make a grape caterpillar! Grapes are a great healthy snack. They contain a variety of powerful antioxidants which help contribute towards everything from glowing skin to protection from heart disease and free radicals. They also contain slow-release carbohydrates that help balance blood sugar levels, which helps keep you fuller for longer!
Mocktails are a great alternative to fizzy drinks and a much healthier choice! Check out this great recipe for a Virgin Pina Colada on the Claudi and Fin blog, guaranteed to make everyone feel like they’re on holiday! We’ve packed this recipe full of lots of yummy pineapples which are a great source of vitamin C and help aid digestion, we’ve also added coconut milk which is rich in healthy fats and packed full of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals!
Banana Pops are super easy to make and make a great afterschool snack! Just slice up your bananas and dip them in a dark chocolate, pop in some toothpicks and then freeze them, simple! Bananas are a versatile and healthy fruit as they are rich in potassium, high in fibre and contain natural antacids which makes them a healing and soothing for upset stomachs.
Fruit slushies are the ultimate way to keep cool this summer! Try 3 cups of chopped watermelon, one lime, half a cup of ice and then whizz in the blender for a refreshing drink. Watermelons are rich in beta carotene, vitamin c and assorted antioxidants, so great for your immune system!
Frozen yoghurt is a great alternative to ice cream as it has a much lower fat content. This obviously depends on the brand of froyo you buy, so make sure you check the nutritional labels, as some products may be lower in fat, but still high in sugar! We’re a little bit biased (!) but our range of Greek style frozen yoghurt lollies really are a great choice. They contain 38% less sugar than the ‘average’ supermarket lolly, are packed with real fruit, made from 100% natural ingredients and enriched with vitamin D for healthy bones.
Top Tips for staying safe in the sun with kids
- Stick to low sugar snacks. The government recommends children eat no more than an average of 21g of sugar per day so make sure you save sugar intake for treats!
- Make sure they stay hydrated! It’s advised that children aged 4-13 years, aim to drink 6-8 glasses of fluid a day,so remember to always have a bottle of water with you.
- Stay protected by always topping up the suntan lotion (even on cloudy or overcast days). The sun is at it’s strongest between 10-4pm so it’s advisable to stay in the shade at these times.
- Keep them covered up. Make sure you get a floppy hat with a wide brim that shades their face and neck. Cover your child up in loose cotton clothes, such as an oversized T-shirt with sleeves and protect their eyes with sunglasses that meet the British Standard.
Happy summer everyone!