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Irchester goes on a shopping trip for healthier snacks.

January 19, 2018

To start off the New Year, we have launched our Healthy Snacks project! We’re working with Change4Life, to help children at school make healthy choices about our snacks. Lots of snacks actually have lots of sugar or fat in them, so we have been investigating with the Change4Life food scanner app to find out more!

First, 8 children gave our tuck trolley a brief test. The change4life scanners disapproved of the majority of the snacks on the tuck trolley you are so used to. There were some shockers in the list of BAD SNACKS; strawberry fruity bakes, Belgian milk chocolate cereal bars and chocolate rice cakes all had red traffic lights for sugar; red berry cereal bars and mini cheddars were over 100 calories. So, if your mum takes you shopping, make sure she AVOIDS THOSE SNACKS! These were bad snacks because they had more than 100 calories, and they were far too high in other things like sugar, salt and fat for you to have daily, on top of breakfast, lunch, dinner and pudding.

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Can you guess which pile is healthier and which is unhealthy?

On Tuesday 16th January, a group of children went to Tesco to use the change4life food scanner to find some healthier options for school. We used it to see what the healthiest snack choices in Tesco are. They explored up and down the isles to discover, who could get the healthiest choice? The children that went are: Lucy, Richard, Jude, Ruby, and then Demi and Emily from the committee.  They had 1 basket and one device to scan with in pairs. The winners of the healthiest snack choice were Lucy and Emily; they won with McVitie’s Rich Tea biscuits. Thanks to us, your snack trolley is healthily delicious. Everybody make way for your new snacks: Baked Kettle bites, McVitie’s rich tea biscuits, 2 flavours of Peckish rice cakes, Alpen light cereal bars, Healthy living bars, goodness strawberry bars, lightly salted crackers, baked hula hoops and baked fusions!

If you want to find healthier snacks for yourself, ensure that you or your parents download the change4life food scanner on their mobile phones before you next go shopping!

By Emily and Demi (Year 5)

Posted in: Irchester, Lab13