How often should my child eat crisps?
Quavers, Wotsits, Walkers, Hula Hoops, Monster Munch, Pringles … Crisps are such an easy grab-and-go snack and most children love them, fussy or not!
BUT SHOULD – OR HOW OFTEN SHOULD – YOU LET YOUR CHILD EAT THEM?!
While no food should be forbidden – that’ll make them want them more – an abundance of crisps certainly won’t help in the fight against fussy eating!
👎 Crisps are designed to be more-ish!
👎 Crisps have a very little nutritional value
Think of them as “empty calories”. If their tummy’s full of crisps, that’s hungry space that could have been filled with something healthier. A packet of Quavers, for example, has 88 calories. That’s a plain rice cake and an apple or some cubes of Cheddar cheese and a cluster of grapes.
👎 Crisps come in a packet
They accidentally teach your child that the toptastic foods come out of colourful packets. This won’t encourage them to go for ‘real food’ at all. Carrot sticks vs. Pureed carrot you squeeze into your mouth out of a pouch? Pouch wins! Fresh strawberries vs. A swirl of strawberry-flavoured ribbon in a pink wrapper with a bear on? Yoyo wins!
SO … WHAT TO DO?
👎 Introduce crisps into your child’s diet as late as you can get away with!
👎 Make crisps a treat
👎 Don’t keep a stock of crisps at home
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