Does your child get home from school and head straight for a sugary fizzy drink, chocolate bar or packet of crisps? It’s a quick fix for hunger but it won’t satisfy their appetite for long. Better choices include protein, whole grains or natural produce like cheese, fruit and vegetables. Complex carbohydrates and protein, like cheese and wholegrain crackers, cheese spread on toast, or bread with peanut butter, will keep them full till teatime.
Teach new habits: put the biscuit tin away in a cupboard and leave the fruit bowl stocked with ripe pears, apples, bananas and little boxes of dried fruit like apricots or raisins. It also helps them get the recommended '5-a-day' portions of fruit and veg.