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Healthy snack ideas


Rather than reaching for treat foods when your kids are hungry, here are some healthy snack ideas.  

For the times they need a light snack between meals

  • Piece of fruit
  • Vegetable sticks
  • Small pot of yoghurt
  • Glass of milk
  • 2-3 crackers / 1-2 oatcakes / 2 rice cakes
  • Handful of nuts and seeds
  • 2-3 Breadsticks

For the times when they are genuinely hungry

  • One slice of wholemeal toast with some mashed / chopped banana
  • Cheese, meat or fish sandwich using one slice of bread. You could add some sliced tomato and make a toasty sandwich
  • Cheese with two or three crackers or breadsticks. You can add a few grapes or apple slices
  • Small bowl of breakfast cereal and milk
  • Small bowl of homemade soup
  • Half a bagel with lightly spread peanut butter
  • Mini wrap with cheese, meat or fish filling. Add some veg and make a toasty sandwich
  • Mini wholemeal scone and low-fat spread
  • Small slice of malt bread / teabrack
  • One crumpet
  • One bought pancake


For the time you’re not prepared and need to grab something in a shop

  • Piece of fruit
  • Small yoghurt pot
  • Small bag of popcorn (if over 5)
  • Single portion cheese
  • Wholemeal scone – if it is big divide it up


Often we think we are hungry, when in fact we are thirsty. So it’s good to give your child a drink before a snack. Here’s some advice about healthy drinks.

  • Water is the best thirst quencher.
  • Milk is an important part of a growing child’s diet.
  • Milk and water are the most tooth-friendly drinks and can be given throughout the day and with meals
  • Sugary drinks should be avoided
  • Tea and coffee are not suitable for young children

Healthy snack recipes

Cheese and tomato toasty

This is a filling snack, with calcium and veg.

Cereal wheat biscuits

Breakfast cereal is a fast and easy snack. Choose a high-fibre, low-sugar cereal. This handy guide will help you make the healthiest choices.

Peanut butter bagel

This wholegrain peanut butter bagel is a good source of fibre, protein and healthy fats.

Mini wrap

Wraps are a popular choice with kids - and portable too!

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