Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

MAX OUT on Healthy SNACKS; ACTRESS, MUM AND CHEF LISA FAULKNER TELLS LISA SALMON WHY SHE IS CHAMPIONING THE MESSAGE 'LOOK FOR 100 CALORIE SNACKS, TWO A DAY MAX'

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

MAX OUT on Healthy SNACKS; ACTRESS, MUM AND CHEF LISA FAULKNER TELLS LISA SALMON WHY SHE IS CHAMPIONING THE MESSAGE 'LOOK FOR 100 CALORIE SNACKS, TWO A DAY MAX'

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AS A Celebrity MasterChef winner and mum, actress Lisa Faulkner is more aware than most of how important healthy food is for children. And healthy food doesn't just mean eating well at mealtimes, it means eating healthy snacks too.

Lisa, 45, whose daughter Billie is 11, says: "I know how easy it can be to give your children snacks based on convenience, but many of them may be packed full of sugar."

She's highlighting a serious issue.

At the moment, around half of children's sugar intake - about seven sugar cubes a day - comes from unhealthy snacks and sugary drinks, and on average, children are consuming three or four unhealthy snacks and sugary drinks a day.

This means they're having much more sugar than the recommended daily maximum of five cubes for four to six year olds and six cubes for seven to 10 year olds - fuelling obesity and dental decay.

Now Lisa, who's written three cookbooks since her MasterChef triumph in 2010 and is now the partner of the show's presenter John Torode, is supporting a new Change4Life campaign promoting healthier snacks.

Its message is that parents should 'Look for 100 calorie snacks, 2 a day max'. Lisa says following this new tip will "make it easier for me and other parents to choose healthier snacks for our children, and to give them less often".

Suggestions for tummy-filling snacks that would fit into the plan include a portion of homemade popcorn, an oatmeal cookie, a thin slice of malt loaf, a bowl of sugar-free jelly, one mini Babybel or a boiled egg.

PLENTY OF FRUIT AND VEG THE '100 calorie snacks, two a day max' tip applies to all snacks apart from fruit and vegetables, as children should be encouraged to eat a variety of these to achieve their five-a-day.

As well as giving children fruit to munch, other interesting fruit and veg snacks include things like vegetable sticks with low-fat hummus, or fruit kebabs.

Eating plenty of fruit and veg isn't a problem for Lisa and Billie.

"We've always eaten lots of fruits and vegetables at home - we cut up carrots and peppers to have with dips or have wedges of banana and apple with peanut butter," says Lisa. …

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