Saturday, 29 August 2015

Have you joined the Great Grub Club?

Sign up to the Great Grub Club free 4-week programme Smart snacking for you and your little ones

The Great Grub Club is launching a programme to help parents of 3-5 year olds stay healthy and happy at snack time. As a mum of two young salad dodgers, I signed up straight away and I’m looking forward to receiving some tips! Here, the Great Grub Club team feature in a guest blog telling us more about their exciting programme:

Smart snacking
We are so pleased to be launching our programme Smart snacking for you and your little ones. It all started when we spoke to parents, including those in Hackney, who told us that encouraging children to snack on healthy food is not always easy, and they could do with a helping hand. That’s why we’ve created a fun programme to help you keep your 3-5 year olds healthy and happy at snack time.

What’s on offer?
You can sign up to a free 4-week ‘Smart Snacking’ programme straight to your inbox and receive:
  • lots of easy snacking tips and ideas – just pick and choose the ones that are right for you
  • quick, affordable and healthy snack recipes
  • plenty of fun activities to try with your children
  • a free pack in the post with a booklet packed with advice and recipes, plus a rewards wall chart and sticker sheet
  • the chance to share your tips, stories and ideas with other parents on social media, where nutritionists will also be available to answer questions. 

Importance of snacking healthily
Children need nutritious snacks between meals to help them grow and develop. They’re great for managing hunger between meals as well as boosting nutrition and energy. By encouraging children to eat healthily from an early age, you will also help them develop healthy habits that could help reduce their future risk of cancer, heart disease and Type 2 diabetes.

Small changes all add up
You don’t have to make big changes – any changes however big or small, can make a big difference to your little ones health. We include lots of simple tips such as swapping white bread for wholemeal bread, so your children have more fibre in their diets. Another suggestion is checking food labels to find options with less salt or sugar. It really can be as simple as that.

Hackney mum of two, Ding Ding Zhunag Wu had a sneak preview of ‘Smart Snacking’.
She said: ‘The Smart Snacking pack is very informative. It gives an insight of healthy tasty snacks and it can be of great use for young families. It would definitely make us want to eat more fruit and vegetables. I also love the tips included and the recipes with funny faces.’

How can I take part?
We’re testing the programme with 500 families. To be one of them simply sign up now before 4 September. We’ll post you your free pack and send further information straight to your inbox throughout the next month.

The Great Grub Club is a free website for children up to 11 years old from the World Cancer Research Fund. It teaches children about healthy eating and being active in a fun way. For more information, visit; or follow them on Twitter.