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Healthy Snacks - Age 7-11

Eating a balanced diet is a recurrent theme in PSHE. In this quiz, written for children in KS2, we help them to understand why it is important to make sure their snacks are healthy and give them some ideas as to what to choose.

Sometimes you can get hungry between meals and you might choose to have a snack. This is absolutely fine, as long as you are choosing healthy ones. 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 you are hungry and not because you are bored.

If you eat too many snacks, your body may struggle to process it. 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.

1.
What is a benefit of eating healthy snacks?
They keep us quiet
They make bones even stronger
They give the body extra energy
They help replace oxygen after exercise
Healthy snacks can give you energy if you are feeling tired. They also replace the vitamins that you need to stay healthy
2.
A healthy snack should be...
one item of food
big and heavy
small and light
the same size as a meal
A snack should be small and light, just enough to give you some energy and keep you going till your next meal
3.
Which of the following healthy snacks is not high in protein?
Sliced lean meat
An apple
Boiled eggs
An apple
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
4.
What is one difference between a healthy snack and a sweet treat?
A healthy snack should be hot and a sweet treat should be cold
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
Nothing, they are the same
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
5.
What can happen if you don’t snack?
You can put weight on
You can find it hard to breath
You can get bored
You can feel low in energy
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
6.
How many snacks should you eat a day?
Up to 2
3-5
6-8
As many as you want
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
7.
What is the benefit of choosing healthy snacks from the dairy food group?
They help bone development
They help kidney development
They help lung development
They help brain development
Choosing healthy dairy snacks, such as low fat yoghurts, provides additional calcium that helps bone development
8.
Which of the following is not a healthy snack?
Yoghurt
Sweets
Carrot sticks
Banana
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
9.
Why do snacks that are high in sugar not count as healthy snacks?
They can rot our teeth
They are too filling
They taste bad
Sugar damages bones
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
10.
When is it okay to eat healthy snacks?
Before the evening meal
Never
In the middle of the night
Between meals when hungry
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
Author:  Terri Brown

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