PARENTS have been urged to limit snacks to a maximum of two 100-calorie treats a day.
Public Health England aims to halt the obesity crisis by getting kids to swap chocolate bars for snacks like fruit, vegetables and yoghurt.
Getty – Contributor New government guidelines will ban kids from eating chocolate bars (Picture posed by model)
The guidance comes after research showed children consume three times more sugar than recommended – with half coming from snacks and drinks.
The recommended daily intake for those aged four to 10 is equal to five cubes. The average intake is 15.
Dr Alison Tedstone, chief nutritionist at PHE, said: “Children are having unhealthy snacks throughout the day and parents are concerned. To make it easier for busy families, we’ve developed a simple rule of thumb to help them move towards healthier snacking — ‘Look for 100-calorie snacks, two a day max’.”
Here, we reveal 15 healthy snacks that all come in under 100 calories.
1. One hard-boiled egg, 70-80 calories
Getty – Contributor Eggs are an incredibly versatile food and are high in protein meaning you will feel fuller for longer
2. One roasted skinless chicken drumstick, 75 calories
Getty – Contributor Chicken is high in protein and, when eaten without the skin on, is quite lean. It is also rich in vitamins and minerals
3. One medium apple with peel, 70 calories
Getty – Contributor Apples are full of fibre, can boost heart health and can help detoxify your liver
4. Two medium kiwis, 95 calories
Getty – Contributor Kiwis are a high source of vitamin C, they also aid digestion and are said to be good for making your skin look youthful
5. One natural fat-free fruit yoghurt, 85 calories
Getty – Contributor Yoghurt contains calcium, vitamin B-2, vitamin B-12, potassium, and magnesium. Make sure you look for the ‘no added sugar’ varieties
6. 100ml glass of orange juice, 47 calories
Getty – Contributor Boost your way to one of your five-a-day with a small glass of orange juice. It is packed full of vitamin C and fibre
7. One slice of wholegrain bread, 65 calories
Getty – Contributor Wholegrain bread is high in fibre, zinc, iron and magnesium, which is vital for overall health and wellbeing
8. Three squares of dark chocolate, 95 calories
Getty – Contributor Dark chocolate has been found to offer protection from disease-causing radicals, improve heart health and lower blood pressure
9. Bowl of popcorn, 95 calories
Getty – Contributor Popcorn is a great alternative to crisps for those who love savoury snacks. It contains fibre and antioxidants
10. Two teaspoons of peanut butter, 65 calories
Getty – Contributor Peanut butter contains protein as well as potassium, which lowers the risk of high blood pressure, stroke and heart disease
11. One cup of fresh raspberries, 65 calories
Getty Raspberries contain vitamin C, quercetin and gallic acid that fight against cancer, heart and circulatory disease and age-related decline