Snacks and drinks between meals

The best between-meal snacks and drinks are those that are sugar-free. Tooth-friendly drinks and snacks to offer between meals include:

  • milk or water;
  • chopped fruit and vegetables, eg peeled apple, pear, peach, banana, orange, carrot, peppers, cucumber;
  • bread, toast, plain breadsticks, plain rice cakes;
  • natural yogurt or plain fromage frais – add your own fresh, frozen or tinned fruit for extra flavour;
  • unsweetened cereals, eg Shredded Wheat, Weetabix, Ready Brek, porridge (NB do not add sugar to cereal);
  • sandwiches with sugar-free filling, eg tomato, banana, tuna, lean meat, egg.

Foods that contain quite a lot of sugar are best kept to meal times and should not be taken too frequently between meals. These include:

  • flavoured yogurt, flavoured fromage frais;
  • low sugar rusks;
  • plain biscuits, eg Rich Tea, Marie, Digestive;
  • pancakes, fruit scones.