Gabriel loves to cook all kinds of foods, from baking to a full roast dinner and, of course, burgers.
Healthy Snacks Are Hard to Find
Struggling to feed your kids snacks that aren't bad for them?
Healthy treats or snacks don't have to be boring, long-winded, or take ages to prepare. In fact, the above chicken wrap was prepared by my six-year-old. It consists mainly of leftover chicken from yesterday's Sunday lunch. Admittedly, I sliced the avocado and the rest she took from the fridge. Voilá! A healthy snack in minutes.
I'm not really the frozen yogurt-or-Ryvita-cracker-type person, but I do believe in choosing healthier options for our kids—most of the time. I'm not a killjoy. There are plenty of snacks in our house that we enjoy on the weekend. I love peanuts and I have probably eaten my weight in KP salted nuts, but gladly that's been over years and not a few months. I adore chips with bbq sauce, and a bacon sandwich is my favorite weekend brunch (admittedly, sometimes it's two bacon sandwiches).
The thing is that your kids are not and should not be on a diet. They should be eating a normal, balanced diet: plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables, lean meats, good carbs, and protein. High-fat and high-salt foods are for special treats. Healthy eating must be taught by your example to your kids. Many foods are naturally healthy, and if you continue to read my snacks list, you'll see nothing out of the ordinary. The food listed is readily available, and there's nothing odd or weird or anything you haven't heard of before. Anyway, you get my drift, so let's have look at some fun tasty healthy snacks for our kids.
My Top Ten Healthy Snacks
- Natural peanut butter (no added sugar) with carrot and cucumber sticks. I like to have a few ritz crackers too.
- Scramble eggs (allow one per person) using a small knob of butter melted in the pan, add eggs, and scramble. Serve on a slice of wholemeal toast.
- Mini eggs on wholewheat crackers (I use quail eggs because I keep quail but you can just slice a boiled egg up into small slices).
- Strawberries dipped in a little melted dark chocolate (prepare and leave in the fridge up to a day before).
- Apple quarters with blueberry or mixed berry yogurt.
- Banana bite-size chunks and natural yogurt with a little honey drizzled over the top.
- Good quality hard cheese and sliced brown bread with tomato or onion chutney.
- Pitless olives and cream cheese with wholewheat crackers.
- Homemade milkshakes (blitz your favorite fruit with whole milk adding crushed ice if desired).
- Homemade fruit pops (make them at the weekend and pop them in the freezer for ease).
My Top Ten Quick Healthy Snacks
- Watermelon slices.
- Honeydew melon with a slice of cooked ham (veggie option add strawberries).
- Pineapple chunks and hard cheese cubes on cocktail sticks.
- Pitless olives and feta cheese cubes on cocktail sticks.
- Mini dark chocolate pots with strawberries or mixed berries.
- Mini packet of dried fruits: apricots; raisins; figs etc
- Mini packet of vegetable chips with salsa dip.
- Granola bars.
- Wholemeal muffins.
- Plain popcorn.
My Daughter's Favourite Healthy Snacks
- Corn on the cob with a little melted butter.
- Left-over wraps: like the one pictured above from our Sunday lunch. Left-over roast chicken, pork, or beef with salsa, salad leaf, avocado with chicken, pineapple with pork, and red peppers with beef topped with natural yogurt.
- No sugar jelly with frozen grapes.
- Homemade brown soda bread with no sugar jam.
- One scoop of vanilla ice cream with slices of banana.
- Cold plate: a boiled egg quartered, black pitless olives, cherry tomatoes, and whole-wheat crackers plus left-over cooked roast chicken or turkey.
- Homemade slush puppies: watermelon and strawberries being her absolute favorite.
- A small bowl of mixed nuts: walnuts and almonds with plain raisins.
- Homemade beetroot chips with sour cream and chive dip.
- Homemade pizza using a puff pastry square: top with a couple of slices of tomato, cold-cooked ham, and pineapple chunks. Bake at 220° for about 10 to 12 mins.
More Filling Snacks
- Homemade vegetable soup.
- Hummus with vegetable sticks and ritz crackers.
- Mashed avocado on brown toast or whole-wheat crackers.
- Jacket potato with a little butter and a sprinkle of snipped chives.
- No-sugar baked beans on toast.
- Cottage cheese, cucumber slices, and sesame crackers.
- One egg omelet with snipped chives and salad.
- Soft-boiled egg with wholemeal toast.
- Sweetcorn frittatas with a handful of cherry tomatoes.
- Homemade pancakes with no added salt or sugar with no sugar jam.
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