Lenten Promises

Lenten promises





Lots of children (and adults!) will decide to give up sweets for Lent. Giving up something can be difficult, but once we plan for the change we want to make, it can be done!

Plans are more likely to succeed when we make SMART Plans. A SMART Plan is:

  • Specific
  • Measurable
  • Achievable
  • Realistic
  • Time-bound


A SMART Plan for giving up sweets might look like the following:

  • Specific           I am giving up chocolate and ice-cream
  • Measurable     I will not eat chocolate or ice-cream 7 days a week
  • Achievable      I will eat healthier snacks in place of chocolate and ice-cream
  • Realistic          I will have some ice-cream on my birthday, which falls during Lent
  • Time-bound     This plan is for the 6 weeks of Lent

Remember: By giving something up, we leave a gap that has to be filled by something else. Take this chance to come up with healthy alternatives to chocolate and ice-cream. We have some ideas here to get you started on filling the gaps!



Healthier snack ideas can include:


  • Fresh fruit and vegetables
  • Tinned fruit in its own juice
  • Unsalted plain popcorn
  • Unsalted crackers
  • Unsalted rice cakes
  • Wholemeal scones
  • Banana bread
  • Sugar-free jelly pot and yogurt
  • Pot of custard


If you have time, you could try the more creative ideas below...



Race car fruit!

Using cocktail sticks, slices of apple and some grapes or cheese, you can make little race car snacks. Try keeping these on the table! 



Porcupine watermelon

Chop melon into cubes, spear them on cocktail sticks, and use the shell of the melon as a bowl.



Butterfly snacks

Fill each side of a plastic lunch bag with a healthy snack. Use a clothes peg in the middle to keep each half separate. Kids can decorate their own peg to keep things colourful! 



Keeping it simple...

Use clear plastic cups or glasses to show off a tasty layered mix of fruit.