Many snacks can be high in sugar, fat, calories, salt and all the things we shouldn’t eat too much of.
There are no hard and fast rules on exactly how many snacks are too many, but many families find that setting a limit on snacks and treats is a great way of keeping a lid on their kids’ snacking.
Many families are surprised when they actually count up how many sweets, crisps and biscuits they get through and how much they are spending on snacks.
Keep a snack diary and you’re more likely to cut down - which is good for your kids and for your purse too!
Three regular meals
Kids that eat 3 meals a day shouldn’t need lots of snacks. If your kids seem to be raiding the snack cupboard and biscuit barrel several times a day, think about what meals they’re eating and when, and aim for 3 regular meals a day.
'2 Snax Max'
Some families find a good way of limiting snacks is to introduce a snacking limit such as ‘2 Snax Max’ – one in the morning, one in the afternoon.
One of your five
If you can make one of their snacks a healthier one, all the better. Chunks of fruit - melon, strawberry, pineapple, or whatever you have to hand - rather than a biscuit is a great way for children to get towards their 5 a day.
Try it with water
If they ask for more snacks after you think they've had enough - they may be thirsty instead of hungry. Try giving them some water or low fat milk (skimmed, semi-skimmed or 1%, as long as they are aged over 5) instead.
It’s kinder to say ‘no’
Of course we all love to indulge our kids. But in the long run it’s kinder to say ‘no’ to too many snacks. Try to find other ways of rewarding them like giving them stickers, or a trip to the park.