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Eating well doesn’t mean you can’t have a treat.

Scroll down to find some ideas for some simple (and tasty) treat swaps.

Bowl of Popcorn

Movie night popcorn

Instead of reaching for crisps and dips, try making your own popcorn, it’s easy to make and the kids will have fun hearing it popping! Plus, it’s a great source of fibre, so you’ll feel fuller for longer. Only suitable for adults to make children must be supervised due to hot oil.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 20g popping corn
  • 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil
  • Chilli powder, paprika or your favourite spice mix for savoury flavours or cinnamon or pure cocoa powder for sweet
  • A large pan with a lid

Here’s how to make it:

  • Add 1 tablespoon of oil into the pan and heat.
  • Add 20g corn kernels into the hot oil and put on the lid.
  • After a few minutes you’ll start to hear the loud popping noises.
  • When you hear 2 to 3 seconds pause between pops, turn off the heat and it should be safe to remove the lid.
  • Be careful of the steam as you tip the popcorn into a bowl or paper bag.
  • Some kernels may not pop, just leave these to one side. Don’t add time onto cooking as this could cause the rest of the popcorn to burn.
  • Sprinkle your chosen topping over the popcorn and enjoy!
Banana Ice Cream

Super simple ice cream

A scoop or two of ice cream goes down a treat. This low-fat recipe has just one ingredient and is so easy to make.

Here’s how to make it:

  • Peel and slice 4 bananas then freeze for at least 2 hours
  • Blend in a food processor until smooth. If you don’t have a blender you can use a fork and mush it until smooth.
  • Scoop into bowls and if you like add a handful of frozen fruit
Sliced banana and peanut butter on rice cake.

Crunchy bites

These crunchy bites are a great snack swap instead of mid-afternoon biscuits or crisps.

Here’s how to make it:

  • Take 2 rice cakes or a packet of plain mini rice cakes
  • Add a tasty topping of your choice: a thin layer of reduced-fat soft cheese or peanut butter,
  • banana slices, mashed avocado and chilli flakes, a slice of wafer ham or a sliced boiled egg. Tuck in and enjoy!
Fruit dipped in melted chocolate.

Chocolate dipped fruit

Special occasion? Birthday tea? Fruit dipped in dark chocolate is a fun way to finish off a meal with a little shared treat.

Here’s how to make it:

  • Cut some of your favourite fruits; strawberries, satsuma segments, bananas, apples,
  • grapes – into chunks and thread onto wooden BBQ skewers
  • Put 50g of dark chocolate in a bowl and microwave on a low heat. Once melted start dipping!

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