What’s the role of snacks in a child’s diet?
Snacks form an integral part of meal patterns for children. Younger children cannot eat large quantities in one sitting and often get hungry long before the next meal. Older children are active, fast-growing and have substantial energy and nutrition needs. Snacking between meals help children meet their energy and nutrient demands. Healthy snacks can also prevent lapses in concentration and cranky moods.
How often should children snack?
Young children cannot eat enough in one sitting, so they need two snacks a day, one between breakfast and lunch, and one between lunch and dinner. As children get older, they start eating bigger meal portions, but at the same time, with start of school their lives get busier and energy demands increase. Most school children still need two snacks per day, although the mid-morning snack becomes less important. The afternoon snack remains an important part of a child’s diet, allowing them to stay focused, fresh and energised for after school activities.
How many calories should a child’s snack contain?
There have been many debates on how many calories a child’s snack should be and ultimately it is often down to your child’s activity levels and growth spurts. Generally, snacks for young children should be around 100kcal, while older children and preteens can have snacks up to 200kcal. Our nutritionist, combined with a purpose-built algorithm, ensures that the snack boxes you receive always contain the right portion sizes for your children.
How do I deal with a fussy eater?
Is your child a fussy eater? You are not alone! Some children are not adventurous when trying new flavours/products. We offer a large variety of snacks to ensure we have something healthy and fun for everyone, even for the pickiest eaters – just make sure they go online and rate their favourite flavours! The key is exposure, so if your child refuses a food item, just try and introduce it a number of times. Also, make sure you offer fruit and vegetables in different and exciting ways, for example fresh, cooked, dried or cut into fun shapes. Children are more likely to eat foods if they have been involved in the process. Ask your child which fruit or vegetable it wants to buy when you are at the supermarket and encourage your child to help preparing meals or snacks.
Why is ChewyMoon snacks suitable for children?
Healthy snacks are rarely tasty and tasty snacks are rarely healthy! Most supermarket snacks are nutrient poor as they are high in refined sugar, fat and salt. ChewyMoon snacks are developed by child-nutrition specialists with a strong emphasis on taste! Our snacks are ‘All Natural’, so we don’t use any refined sugar or additives.
ChewyMoon sends you personalised boxes – we collect your child’s details such as age and activity levels to curate snacks that are nutritionally-optimised for their stage of growth and calorie needs. Additionally, you can use our rating system to tell us which snacks you like the most and we will send you those. But good nutrition isn’t enough. Taste, colours, shapes all play a crucial role in whether children feel excited about their food.
On top of all that healthy goodness we encourage your child’s curiosity with fun toys, exciting comics and fascinating factcards that children simply love!
How are the snacks chosen specifically to my child’s needs?
Our nutritionists have a focus on children’s nutrition, developing dietary strategies to tailor snacks towards every child’s individual needs. Based on age, activity level, preferences and other important factors, we select the snacks that accomplish your child’s needs, fulfil their demands and thrill their taste buds.
Will my child like ChewyMoon snacks?
Our snacks go through rigorous sampling tests with our panel of experts – kids! Only snacks that pass this taste test get added to our range, therefore ensuring our boxes are packed with snacks that are popular with children. On top of that you can log into your account and choose which snacks you like. Rating only takes a few minutes and it’s the best way to make sure you only receive snacks your children will love. The more snacks you rate, the more we will know about your child’s preferences and likings, which allows us to tailor the boxes exactly to your child’s taste buds.
Are Chewymoon boxes suitable for children with allergies?
Unfortunately, our snacks are not suitable for children with specific allergies. All our snacks are packed in the same place, so cross-contamination between snacks and ingredients can occur. Our snacks may contain traces of nuts, gluten, eggs, soya, dairy, celery, mustard and sesame.
How do you source your products?
We source our snacks from reliable producers with a passion for developing exceptional foods. A track record for good nutrition is essential from our suppliers and we always seek a range of child friendly snacks that may not be available in supermarkets. We also keep an eye out for producers who have an ethos for producing cutting edge, tasty and functional snacks. We have a sustainable sourcing program that takes into account food safety and environmental impact. Finally we look to promote family producers who offer wholesome products that prioritise the wellbeing of the customer and the environment.
Is there sugar in your products?
All our snacks are ‘All Natural’, so no refined sugar or nasty additives! Fruits and vegetables contain intrinsic sugar, which is naturally present within the cellular structure of foods. This intrinsic sugar always comes with fibre, which makes it less of a worry. Fibre rich snack foods prevent high peak blood sugar levels that you often experience with sugary snacks.
Are your snacks 1 of 5 a day?
Nearly all fruit and veg, whether it’s fresh, dried, frozen, tinned or canned, count towards your 5-a-day. That’s great, because majority of our snacks are made with dried fruit or veggies! Like adults, children should eat at least 5 portions of a variety of fruit and vegetables each day. The quantity a child needs varies with age, body size and levels of physical activity. As a rough guide, one portion is the amount that can fit in the palm of their hand.