Helpful information and links

There’s a whole world of online help out there to make changing your snacking habits for the better much easier – from ideas and inspiration for things to eat to snack-tracking apps. 

Have a look at the list below to get started:

Eat Better Feel Better have some tasty, simple, snacking recipes for you to try. Why not get the kids involved in preparing some of the recipes - sweets, crisps and chocolate are not half as much fun as spending time with you!

If you have an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, you can download the free NHS BMI healthy weight calculator and tracker from the iTunes App Store. The NHS BMI healthy weight calculator and tracker makes it easy to track weight loss and BMI over time for all of the family. If you don't have an iPhone you can use the BMI calculator on any device.

Head over to Public Health England Sugar Smart campaign's website to find out all you need to know about sugar and download the Sugar Smart app. This clever app lets you scan the barcodes of your favourite foods and drinks - you might be surprised at how much sugar they contain!

Eating more healthily doesn't need to be expensive, and Eat Better Feel Better can help you to feed your family tasty, nutritious meals on a budget. Check out their recipes for breakfast, lunch and dinner - all healthy and super tasty!

Health Scotland have produced the booklet 'Setting the Table' to give early years practioners the knowledge and tools they need to support the development of positive food habits from a very early age.

The Scottish Government's website Play, Talk, Read is full of ways to entertain and reward children - without the need for unhealthy snacks!

Health Scotland have produced a number of resources for health professionals to help promote amongst parents how important a healthy weight is to a child's development. They've also made some handy booklets for parents too which you can download over on their website.

There are lots of different types of calorie tracker apps and devices available to download online and buy. Some differ in the way the work, but all help you track the calories you take in through food and drink, and the calories you use up through activity and exercise. Have a search online and see what will suit you best.

Please make note that FSS does not endorse any tracker app.


For more information on diabetes, including the difference between Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes, plus a useful tool to work out your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, visit the Diabetes UK site.

Shocked by some of the stats surrounding unhealthy snacking habits? All the facts and statistics on this website have been pulled from academic studies and FSS commisioned research linked to below.  

Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More Than We Think is a book by Cornell University consumer behaviour professor Brian Wansink. Based on academic research findings at the Cornell Food and Brand Lab, the book aims to make people more mindful of the reasons behind how and why they eat.

This report discusses in full the latest evidence surrounding Scotland’s unhealthy diet and its effects on our health. Easy to digest using infographics, get more stats and info on how our snacking habits are affecting our and our children’s health, and why we need to change.

FSS routinely monitors and collects data and insights into public attitudes in Scotland towards diet and health - this helps us shape our messaging and track shifts - read on to find out our latest tracker results.

The ‘News’ section on the NHS choices website regularly publishes interesting articles based on the latest health research findings.