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Smart swaps: Kids' snacks
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HFG dietitian Zoe Wilson shows you how to swap some popular kids' snacks for healthier options.
Treating them to a chocolate YoGo after dinner
That! Dairy Snack, with half the kilojoules and sodium and one-third of the saturated fat, for the same amount of protein and calcium.
Buying them a Bulla double choc Crunch on the weekend
A chocolate Paddlepop will save 306kJ, 8.1g fat, 5.5g sat fat and add 92mg calcium.
A 250ml Paul’s Breaka strawberry milk popper in their lunchbox
Try a 250ml CalciYUM strawberry milk popper. They’ll get a huge 443mg calcium and save 130kJ, 1.2g sat fat and 40mg sodium.
Putting an Uncle Tobys Chewy forest fruits muesli bar in their bag
A Table of Plenty NoNo’s berry blast muesli bar will save them 150kJ, 1.4g fat, 1.1g sat fat and 51mg sodium. It's also higher in protein.
Munching a packet of triple butter Poppin microwave popcorn when they settle in to watch movie
The lite version and save everyone 67kJ, 3.0g fat, 1.1g sat fat and 120mg sodium per serve (25g or 1/4 packet, popped).
Nibbling on Sakata cheddar cheese Original Rice Crackers after school
Sakata cheddar & chives Wholegrain Rice Crackers, with eight times the amount of fibre (8.0g per 100g).
Putting a Kraft Cheestick in their lunchbox for recess
Kraft’s Dairy Bites Fridge Sticks, with a similar number of kilojoules but double the calcium (160mg) per stick.
Giving them a strawberry Petit Miam for a morning snack
Vaalia kids strawberry yoghurt has 1.2g less sat fat and 3.1g less sugar per 100g. It also contains omega-3 DHA and probiotics.
Spreading a piece of toast with 1 tbsp Sanitarium original peanut butter
Swap it for their no-added-sugar or-salt peanut butter and save a whopping 120mg sodium per tablespoon, with a similar amount of fat, sat fat, protein and energy.
Putting a frozen SPC Fruit Crush-up in their lunchbox
A small container of fresh strawberries and diced apple will save them 176kJ, 150mg sodium and give them an extra 1.5g fibre per 1/2 cup.
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