Eating snacks throughout the day helps to suppress kid’s hunger, meaning they have the energy to get through their days and stay out of your hair!
However, most, if not all of the most popular lunch box snacks that we give our kids are absolutely packed with unwanted sugars, preservatives, and additives that will guarantee a mid-afternoon crash.
We want to take the stress out of thinking about what to buy your children when you’re at the shops because knowing what is truly good for them can be daunting, confusing and time-consuming.
You can pick these treats up at your local Coles, Woolworths or IGA!
We are not affiliated with these products in any way, we just want to give you some actual product ideas to take the work out of picking healthy snacks!
Unhealthy Snack: Nutri-Grain Bars
Healthy Swap: Food For Health – Fruit Free Bars with Almonds & Chia
Packed with lots of healthy seeds, whole grains like millet and chia and bound with rice bran syrup, Food For Health’s fruit free bars are a perfect low-calorie snack to keep your kids moving until their next meal!
Unhealthy Snack: Chocolate Chip Cookies
Healthy Swap: Table of Plenty Mini Rice Cakes
As far as low calorie and delicious snack options go, these mini chocolate rice cakes are one of the best!
With just 72 calories per serve, and topped with dark chocolate (which is a serious superfood!), this snack option gets The Kids Shake approval sticker.
Healthy Swap: Cobs Sea Salt Popcorn
Cobs Sea Salt popcorn is a tasty and wholesome snack your kids can enjoy without the worry of all the sugar!
Cobs Popcorn is all-natural, containing nothing artificial, and is Australian made and owned. And with only 63 calories per bag, you don’t have to stress about their weight!
Just ensure your children are able to swallow popcorn before giving them this snack.
Unhealthy Snack: Smith’s Potato Chips
Healthy Swap: Cablee Harvest Snaps
Harvest Snaps are baked pea crisps, made with whole green peas. Each serve of Harvest Snaps contains less than 100 calories per serve along with the natural benefits of peas.
These are a much better alternative to the common potato chip, and the taste is just as good!
Unhealthy Snack: Vaalia Kids Yoghurt
Healthy Swap: Danone YoPro Yoghurt
This low-fat yoghurt contains no artificial flavours or colours, no added sugars or preservatives, and will fill your kids right up until the next meal.
Containing 15.8 grams of protein and only 103 calories per serve, Danone YoPro Yoghurt also enhances bone health and helps with digestion.