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Thursday, November 8, 2007

Snacking habits

Snacking habits

The term snack often means a food which is eaten between meals. Snacking can mean different things to different people, from a piece of fruit to a cereal bar to a sandwich. Nutrition survey results reveal 36% - 55% of adults eat food on five or more occasions throughout the day, suggesting snacking is common amongst many adults. This figure is higher for children and teenagers with 60-90% eating five or more times per day.
Nutritious snacks

Nutrition snacking means choosing snacks that are consistent with Australin dietary guidelines and provide essential nutrients.

Nutritious snack ideas for children
· Cereal or breakfast bars
· Breakfast cereal (dry or with milk)
· Muesli bars or muesli slices (preferably less than 10% fat)
· Fresh fruit chopped into pieces
· Raw carrot, chopped into pieces
· Sultanas and other dried fruit
· Bread or toasted muffins
· Cheese with crackers or crispbread
· Low fat Yoghurt
· Fruit Smoothie

Nutritious snack ideas for adults
· Toasted muffins or fruit bread
· Breakfast cereals – (dry or with milk)
· Cereal or breakfast bars
· Muesli bars or muesli slices (preferably less than 10% fat)
· Crispbread or crackers with low fat cheese and tomato
· Salads or sliced raw vegetables with hommus
· Fresh or canned fruit
· Low fat yoghurt
· 30g of raw and unsalted nuts

Tips for healthy snacking
· Plan your snacks – keep healthy snacks on hand at work.
· Choose lower fat options for regular snacks such as breakfast cereal (dry or with milk) instead of chips, cereal bars instead of chocolate biscuits, ice-blocks instead of ice-cream and low fat muesli slices instead of cake.
· Look for grain or fruit based snacks which are high in carbohydrates and lower in fat.
· Take yoghurt, milk, sandwiches and salads to work or school in an insulated bag, especially on hot summer days.
· Try different ways of having fruit eg. Frozen on hot day, or whipped into a smoothie with low-fat milk.

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