1. Note the energy content
The maximum energy contribution by snacks should be 20% of your child’s daily energy requirement. For example, a 1-m tall little boy who weighs 15 kg with mild physical activity level requires about 1026 kcal*. His maximum energy intake from snacks should be about 200 kcal. If he has snacking time twice per day, each snack should contribute about 100 kcal.
*Estimated from Harris-Benedict Equation.
1 pack: 45 kcal
100% made with fresh apples. Never fried or baked but freeze-dried to provide its crispiness as well as to better preserve its nutrients. It contains no added sugar, salt, preservatives, MSG nor trans fat. Especially suitable for children.
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2. Balancing Nutrient Consumption
Although high-fiber, low-calorie snacks are health-beneficial, parents should not allow children to eat too much of them. Fiber provides a sense of fulness and requires a longer digestion time, so consuming too much dietary fiber during snacking may reduce children’s appetite for main meals. As a result, children may not be able to gain enough energy and nutrients in the diet.
Based on the sex and age of children (aged 4-13 years old), the AI (Adequate Intake) of fiber ranges from 17-25g per day^.^Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and U.S. Department of Agriculture. 2015–2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
Per serving: 113 kcal (Coffee); 111 kcal (Original)
1 pack: 190 kcal
All East Bali Cashews are preservative- and artificial flavoring-free. Cashews are a source of unsaturated fats and various minerals. Unsaturated fats can provide energy and are good for brain health, while minerals (e.g. copper) are essential for building strong immunity. Children would love these roasted cashews delicately rolled in natural cocoa powder.
3. Choosing Nutrient-fortified Snacks
Choosing snacks that are fortified with extra nutrients (e.g. calcium, iron and vitamins) is always a good idea. However, vitamins A and D are fat-soluble and can be stored in the body. Consuming too much of them may lead to adverse health effects.
1 pack: 153 kcal
Made with whole-grain wheat and coated with Belgian dark chocolate, each bite of these crunchy squares are enriched with vitamin B12 and iron. Other flavors: Salted Caramel Chocolate, Crunchy Chocolate Orange Squares and Hazelnut Chocolate are all free from palm oil, artificial colors and flavorings, and preservative.
4. Pick artificial colorant-free/ naturally colored snacks
Read carefully the ingredient list on the food label and see whether the snack contains added colorant/ pigments. Some snacks inevitably require the addition of colors in order to make the products appealing. In fact, natural pigments are present in various plant foods, for example, betacyanins in beetroot and curcumin in turmeric. Snacks added with these natural pigments are considered safe for consumption.
1 pack: 144 kcal (Mango); 140 kcal (Kumquat Lemon)
1 pack: 70 kcal
Greenday’s delicious dried fruit are made from fresh grapes and are free from food additives and trans-fat. All Greenday natural dried fruit and vegetable chips are manufactured by vacuum freeze-drying instead of deep-frying to better preserve the natural taste, color and nutritional values of fruits and vegetables.
5. Right size at the right time
Choose snacks with small package size or divide large size snacks into smaller portions to prevent children from overeating and so from affecting appetite during main meals. In addition, snacking time should be 2 hours before the next main meal to prevent children from refusing to eat during main meals as well as to avoid taking snacks as their main meals.
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