DITCH THE JUNK – HEALTHY SNACK IDEAS FOR CHILDREN

South Africa’s overweight and obesity rates are increasing not just in adults but also in children.  One in four girls and one in five boys between the ages of 2–14 years are overweight or obese. 

Poor eating habits and a sedentary lifestyle are two major culprits.  

Although unhealthy snacks are easily accessible and offer a quick solution for a hungry tummy, it is most certainly not the best idea to give to your child on a daily basis.

Be prepared – make sure to buy healthy snacks next time you shop. 

Pack nutritious lunch boxes and have snacks available when you go out with your kids.

Fresh fruits and vegetables are always a great idea but sometimes you need a little more creativity when it comes to snack ideas.

Need healthy and delicious snack ideas for your children and the whole family?

Not sure how to get them to eat more fruits and vegetables?

Recipes included:

  • Cookies
  • Energy bars
  • Energy balls
  • Fruit snacks
  • Nutty snacks
  • Truffles
  • Veggie bites
  • And more!
  • Snack ideas for children

    1. Air-popped popcorn
    2. Biltong (remove the fat)
    3. Carrot or cucumber sticks with hummus
    4. Cherry tomatoes
    5. Chicken kebab
    6. Corn or pumpkin fritters
    7. Crackers with tuna
    8. Crumpet with peanut butter and banana
    9. Fresh fruit (apple, pear, orange, grapes..)
    10. Frozen grapes
    11. Fruit salad
    12. Homemade popcorn is always a good snack idea
    13. Fruit skewer
    14. Glass of milk
    15. Hard-boiled egg
    16. Iced lollies made from homemade ice tea
    17. Peanuts and raisins
    18. Pineapple stick with peri-peri spices
    19. Plain scone with honey or cheese
    20. Provitas with a slice of cheddar cheese
    21. Rice cakes with peanut butter and banana or avocado and cheese
    22. Slice homemade banana bread
    23. Small muffin
    24. Smoothie made from fat-free yogurt and fresh fruits
    25. Trail mix with nuts, seeds, and dried fruit
    26. Wheat cracker with cucumber and cottage cheese
    27. Whole-wheat pretzels
    28. Yogurt or frozen yogurt

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    Try trail mix with peanuts, raisins, nuts and dried fruit as one of the quick snack ideas

    Trail mix with peanuts, raisins, nuts and dried fruit as a quick snack idea

    You can also freeze water bottles with ice and fill it up with water to ensure your child has a refreshing, ice cold drink at school, sport practice or wherever else (Read: Tips to drink more water)

    It is our responsibility to lead by example and teach our children healthy eating habits from early age - (10 Ways to create healthy eating habits in children

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