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Snacking for children

He kai kinikini pai mō ngā tamariki

Snacks can help curb children's hunger and provide an energy boost between meals. But it's important to remember that snacks are not meals. Your child should arrive at meals hungry and ready to eat, not full from snacking.

The trouble with most popular children's snacks, like biscuits, cakes, chocolate and thickshakes, is that they're sugary and fatty. Or they're salty and fatty like crisps, movie popcorn, instant noodles and crackers. If your child eats lots of these foods, they can end up putting on weight. Snacks that are sweet and chewy such as lollies, dried fruit and fruit leathers stick to your child's teeth and can cause tooth decay.

Snacks do not need to come in packets. You can easily and cheaply make them at home.

Snack ideas

Fruit ideas

Vegetable ideas

Other ideas

More tips for smart snacking

Munch and crunch platter

This is a great way to share food with your whānau/family.

Choose a few different foods together. This could include cut-up vegetables or fruit, cherry tomatoes, mandarin segments, cubed cheese, hard boiled eggs, crackers, and so on.

To save money, choose vegetables and fruit that are in season.

For more healthy and tasty snack recipes, see Snacks from Healthy Kids.


Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Last reviewed September 2021.

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