Snacking is when we eat food between our regular meals. Often people wonder if snacking is good for us, this depends largely on the type of snacks we select and the amount we eat.
If we plan ahead and are selective, snacks can be a healthy part of our diet. However, some snacks such as crisps, biscuits and chocolates can provide extra fats, sugars, and salt in our diet. These can be enjoyed occasionally and in small amounts.
Instead of having one type of snack aim for a variety from the following food groups: fruit and vegetables; starchy carbohydrates; proteins; and dairy.
|Food Group||Healthy snacks|
|Fruit & Vegetables
Helps meet five a day
|Keep fruit bowl within easy reach. Fill fridge with ready to eat vegetables such as celery, carrot and cucumber sticks – these can be eaten with a dip including vegetables such as guacamole, salsa, and hummus.|
A source of energy
|Small bowl of popcorn; wholegrain toast or half a sandwich; bowl of wholegrain cereal with semi-skimmed milk. (Some good options for spreads and fillings include low fat cheese spread, salad, and avocado).|
Important for growth & repair
|A portion of mixed bean salad or Chickpea chaat; boiled egg or a handful of nuts.|
|Dairy & alternatives
Source of calcium
|Matchbox size of cheese, unsweetened low fat yogurt sprinkled with seeds, and cottage cheese with pineapple chunks. If having dairy alternatives aim to get those fortified with calcium.|
Find more information about good nutrition by visiting our Eat Better page
If you feel like you need support to lose weight visit our Healthier Me page to see if you are eligible to join one of our programmes.
We also have regular Cook and Eat programmes where you can meet other local residents and learn about small changes you can make to eat ore healthily.
You can also find lots of useful information about losing weight on the NHS Better Health website