Kids need snacks to meet their basic nutrient needs; snacks are not just a pit stop to tie them over until the next meal yet two thirds of Canadian kids are noshing on after-school snacks such as cookies, cereal bars, candies, fruit drinks, soft drinks, chocolates and cakes ringing in at about 200-350 calories per snack.*
For healthier snacks think mini meals made with the same whole or minimally processed food that you packed for lunch.
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Reference: Jo-Anne Gilbert, Doris Miller, Shannon Olson, Sylvie St-Pierre. 2012. After-school Snack Intake Among Canadian Children and Adolescents. Canadian Journal of Public Health. Volume 103:6.