Healthy for the heart and crunchy: healthy snacks for children, Deutsche Herzstiftung eV, press release

Almost every sixth child in Germany has grown fat. Almost a third of children eat more sweets. Almost half of all children move less than before. This alarming report is the result of a current Forsa parent survey on the eating and exercise behavior of children and adolescents since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic (1, 2). “The consequences of the pandemic need to be absorbed, otherwise the ‘corona kilo’ will be a boomerang for the health of a whole generation,” warns nutritionist prof. Dr. Hans Hauner, Director of the Else Kröner-Fresenius Center (EKFZ) for Nutritional Medicine at the Technical University (TU) Munich, which presented a forces survey with the German Obesity Society (DAG) at the end of May. The survey interviewed approximately 1,000 parents of children aged three to 17.

Prof. Hauner, a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the German Heart Foundation, points out that weight gain has never been observed on the scale since the beginning of the pandemic. Experts warn of the worrying result “The main thing is sweet”, because obesity in children and young people can lead to high blood pressure, fatty liver or diabetes. “Healthy food for children, which should be tasty and varied at the same time, often fails to come up with suitable recipes in the already hectic daily lives of many families,” admits Hauner.

The nutritionist therefore encourages families to take advantage of the heart’s new compact Heart Snack Guide, which can be ordered free of charge at or by calling 069 955128-400. Recipes are also suitable for training / university and for work.

Whole grain increases concentration and protects health

Why is fiber so important in the diet and why is its combination in fruit and sugar especially beneficial? How to spice up snacks for school, university and office? The recipe for a bread box that contains these components, but at the same time is tasty and easy to prepare, is wholemeal bread with ham and radish curd and yogurt with granola. No Rocket Science: Away from white flour rolls with chocolate cream, instead fill the breakfast box with wholemeal bread and crunchy fruits and vegetables. It tastes delicious, is healthy and helps prevent cardiovascular risk factors such as diabetes and obesity. “Foods high in fiber, such as wholemeal bread, are processed more slowly by the body to maintain a high enough blood glucose level for a longer period of time. The brain is optimally supplied with energy and can maintain performance for longer, ”explains Hauner.

Heart-healthy break snacks – nerve food with strength

Even if the kids like it: Never put too much sugar in the breakfast box, because Danish and muffins will quickly raise blood sugar, but they will drop just as fast, and so will your concentration (information: – breaking bread) . Healthy sandwiches are excellent, fresh fruits, vegetables and whole grains belong in the lunch box. “Make time in the morning or evening in advance and prepare a healthy lunch with the child. Filling bread with different colors is fun and the child can choose what he likes. It can be creative, ”advises Heart Foundation expert Hauner.


Information on the guide “Heart healthy snacks on breaks”

You can request the “Heart Healthy Snacks” manual free of charge from the Heart Foundation at or on 069 955128-400.

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