Snacking worries

The key to whether snacking is good or bad for you is which snacks you choose, and how much of them you eat. In fact, if you choose carefully and plan ahead, snacks can be a healthy part of your diet.

Snacks provide energy for your child's activities though the day and they can provide valuable nutrients such as vitamins, minerals, protein and fibre. They may also stop your child overeating at the next meal by preventing them from becoming too hungry.

On the downside, some snack foods can be a source of extra fat, sugar and salt, so choose carefully and keep portion sizes sensible.

Focus on the food groups