Snacking gets plenty of bad press. But it’s worth knowing that snacking can actually play an important role in the diet. This may be especially relevant to some children who, due to their relatively small body size, may only be able to eat small amounts in one sitting.
Attention should be given to food choices, however. Snack foods should be nutritious – providing essential nutrients without excessive amounts of energy, fat, sugar or salt. For this reason, ‘treat foods’ should only be eaten occasionally (not every day) and in small amounts. Snacks should be selected based on your child’s overall diet and lifestyle.