Treats vs Snacks? Let’s investigate…
When it comes to snacks and treats, there should be a clear divide.
SNACK : “a small amount of food eaten between meals”
Snacks consist of healthy foods to sustain blood sugar levels, reduce hunger between meals and contribute to daily nutrition requirements. Snacks should not result in energy intakes excess to daily needs.
TREAT : “an occasional addition to the usual daily menu, generally sweet in nature”
Treats are any foods that are high in energy with very little nutritional value. Therefore substituting healthy foods with treats results in a nutrition deficit if done too often. Limit treats to 3 – 4 times a week and whenever possible, plan treats with activity. These treats can be given as surprises or as part of an established routine. Offer treats as part of a healthy meal or snack to reduce blood sugar spikes and overindulgence. Treats should not be included daily and should never be used as a reward for progress or good behaviour. Treat foods can be used as a celebration but should not become a pre-success bribe. For this type of reward system, use stickers, star charts or non-food related outings instead.
Is it a treat or a snack?
|Snacks …||Treats …|
Healthy Snack Recipes:
You might also like: