What we feed our children in their early years and during childhood can influence eating habits, health and body weight in later life. A healthy balanced diet with lots of variety is essential to ensure all their nutrient requirements are met.

Top tips for healthy snacks

Make a swap when you next shop

Change4Life have launched a campaign with lots of ideas to help you and your children eat less sugar. 

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To help you find out how much sugar is in a product, you can use the front of pack labelling or try the Change4Life Food Scanner app, to see the traffic light labels brought to life.

Download the free app from the iTunes store or Google Play to help you make healthier choices.

Visit Change4Life for lots of ideas on eating less sugar


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Opt for all green traffic lights on breakfast cereal.  If your child likes a little sweetness at breakfast time, then add some fruit to your cereal.  Frozen raspberries melt perfectly into a bowl of hot porridge and kids will love the marble effect they create when mixed in


Limit the amount of sweet treats and swap to no added sugar alternatives such as homemade popcorn with a sprinkle of cinnamon 


Keep dried fruit for meal times rather than a snack to graze on and keep an eye on the portion size.  It sticks to teeth which can cause tooth decay


Water down fruit juice and replace some of the fruit in a smoothie to vegetables.  Try adding spinach leaves and a squeeze of lime - kids love the monster green colour it creates.  Limit juice and smoothies to once a day



Swap dessert to fruit.  Cutting fruit into different playful shapes, can be as appealing as a sweet treat to children, or have you tried baking apples with a sprinkle of ginger?