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Healthy Snacks

This KS2 PSHE quiz will help you understand why it is important to make sure your snacks are healthy and give you some ideas as to what to choose.

In order to stay healthy it is often advised that we eat a balanced diet of three meals a day, drink plenty of water and exercise on a regular basis. Sometimes you can get hungry between meals and you might choose to have a snack, especially if you have been taking part in exercise and burning off some energy. This is absolutely fine, as long as you are choosing healthy snacks. You might already have a favourite snack but do you know how healthy it is? It is important to listen to your body and make sure that you are eating healthy snacks when they are required and not because you are bored. If you do not listen to your body and eat too many snacks, your body may struggle to process the extra food which will make you feel lethargic and could result in weight gain. In a similar way, if you do not eat enough food your body will react in a negative way as it requires food to function effectively.

How many snacks should you eat a day?
As many as you want
Up to 2
You do not have to eat snacks every day but it is okay to eat between 1 and 2, usually between breakfast and lunch and then between lunch and evening meal. You should avoid eating snacks too early in the morning or too close to bed time
Which of the following is not a healthy snack?
Carrot sticks
Sweets are not a healthy snack as they are high in sugar and can rot your teeth. They are also not very filling and you may still feel hungry afterwards
What is one difference between a healthy snack and a sweet treat?
Nothing, they are the same
A sweet treat should be eaten occasionally but a healthy snack can be eaten daily
A healthy snack should be eaten occasionally but a sweet treat can be eaten daily
A healthy snack should be hot and a sweet treat should be cold
A sweet treat is more likely to be high in sugar and therefore should be eaten occasionally, whereas a healthy snack can be eaten daily as part of a balanced diet
When is it okay to eat healthy snacks?
In the middle of the night
Between meals when hungry
Before the evening meal
It is okay to have a healthy snack between meals as long as it is not too close to the next meal. If so, it might stop you from eating your meal if you are full
What is the benefit of choosing healthy snacks from the dairy food group?
They help brain development
They help lung development
They help kidney development
They help bone development
Choosing healthy dairy snacks, such as low fat yoghurts, provides additional calcium that helps bone development
What is a benefit of eating healthy snacks?
They help replace oxygen after exercise
They make bones even stronger
They keep us quiet
They give the body extra energy
Healthy snacks can give you energy if you are feeling tired. They also replace the vitamins that you need to stay healthy
What can happen if you don’t snack?
You can get bored
You can feel low in energy
You can find it hard to breath
You can put weight on
If you do not snack when you feel hungry then your blood sugar levels can decrease. This can make you feel like you have little or no energy
A healthy snack should be...
the same size as a meal
big and heavy
one item of food
small and light
A snack should be small and light, just enough to give you some energy and keep you going till your next meal
Which of the following healthy snacks is not high in protein?
A handful of nuts
An apple
Boiled eggs
Sliced lean meat
An apple is not high in protein but is still a good healthy snack. Protein helps repair muscle after exercise and is a good snack to have
Why do snacks that are high in sugar not count as healthy snacks?
Sugar damages bones
They taste bad
They are too filling
They can rot our teeth
You should try and avoid eating too many sugary snacks as sugar is not needed by the body and it can rot your teeth. Instead you should choose snacks that are low in artificial sugar


Author:  Terri Brown

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