Treat wise

This week research carried out by safefood has found that almost one fifth (19%) of the weekly family shop is spent on treat foods whereas only 10% is spent on fruit and 7% on vegetables. This research was carried out as part of the START campaign which urges parents to reduce the amounts of treat foods they are giving to their children.

These treat foods include things like crisps, chocolates, sweets, fizzy drinks and bakery products. These are all high in fat, sugar and salt, which do not provide us with any nutritional benefits. We all eat and enjoy these foods, however it is time to START to cut down on the amount of these foods we eat and replace them with healthier options.

money spent on treats versus money spend on fruit and veg

As a 16 year old I find that it’s not my parents who give me treat foods anymore, I buy them for myself. This often makes the access to treat foods even easier. However, we are only responsible for ourselves and this can empower us to make the healthier choice and reduce our fat, sugar and salt intake. Finding alternatives to these foods is a good starting point.

Here are some of my top tips on treat alternatives:

  • Instead of reaching for a packet of Haribo’s have a handful of blueberries or raspberries instead, they are quick and easy and will satisfy your sweet tooth.
  • If you are thinking of having an ice lolly on a hot summer’s day (which happens approximately once a year) swap it for a slice of watermelon, you can even keep it in the fridge for an extra refreshing snack.
  • Instead of a salty packet of crisps high in fat make your own popcorn from the kernels – it’s easier than you think!
  • If you’re looking for a drink to have on your movie night why not choose sparkling water with slices of lemon or lime (or any other fruit or herb too e.g. strawberries, cucumber, basil, I like mint!) instead of a sugary fizzy drink?
  • I also like having chopped fruit (like apples or pears) with almond or peanut butter or chopped vegetables (like carrots, peppers or cucumbers) with hummus.

Hopefully you enjoy these healthy snacks as much as I do.

Already tried these ideas? Visit the safefood Pinterest board for more exciting recipes.


Posted: 02/05/2018 13:40:35 by Keavy Duggan
Filed under: Campaigns, Childhood obesity, Recipes, START, Students

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Keavy Duggan
Hi, my name is Keavy Duggan and I am a TY student at Carrick on Shannon Community School and I am spending a week’s work experience at safefood. I wanted to spend a week at safefood as I am interested in health and nutrition. I also like to cook and bake and I do karate.