After School Snacks For Kids
In regards to after school snacks for kids, it is recommended, for most children, that no more than two snacks per day are given. This might be a mid-morning snack, after school snack or evening snack (if they have had an early tea), whatever works for your family’s eating schedule.
If they are constantly grazing or eating snacks too close to mealtime, they won’t eat much at the next mealtime. As young children have small stomachs and often can’t fit in enough food at mealtimes to happily go without food until the next mealtime, providing a healthy snack is a good idea. However, try to schedule in these snack times and stick to it so it becomes routine and your child knows what to expect. Think carefully about portion sizes so they have had a worthwhile snack (not just titbits which they will keep wanting more of until the next mealtime) but isn’t too big that they are at risk of overeating or are still going to be full by the time the next meal comes around.
Suitable portion sizes will vary depending on a child’s age, gender, height and level of activity. In babies and younger children, suitable portion sizes can also vary day-to-day and week-to-week due to things like growth spurts, illnesses and teething. A good portion size guide for toddlers aged 1-4 years can be found at the Infant and Toddler Forum. To a certain extent, it may be a case of getting to know what portion size works for your child – what portion size do they need to keep them going until the next mealtime and is not too big that they aren’t then eating their meal.
If you’re buying packaged snacks for your kids, as a guide, try and stick to 100 calorie snacks which are lower in sugar. Check the nutrition information on food labels. Choose snacks with more greens and ambers on the label, and cut down on snacks that show any reds.
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