Simple snack ideas for your kids
The end of August only means one thing – it’s school time! While this year is not like previous, at least you can control what will your kid eat.
Preparing exciting and healthy snacks doesn’t have to be difficult.
FRUIT AND VEGETABLES:
Fruit and vegetables are essential lunchbox items, but it can be difficult to make your kids to eat fruit and vegetables every day. Try chopping up carrot batons or cucumber served with a dip like hummus or cottage cheese for a balanced, filling snack, or make a colourful fruit salad with berries or apples.
A healthy school lunchbox should also include a source of protein. Some protein-packed snack ideas include a hard-boiled egg, which which can be served with a small piece of cheese. Snack cheeses will provide them both with protein and calcium, a vital mineral to support their growth.
Children aged between four and eight need 1000mg of calcium per day, and one portion of a cheese have 18 per cent of their daily requirements. Alternatively, you could boost their calcium quota with a Greek yoghurt served with berries.
APPLES WITH PEANUT BUTTER:
Peanut butter is a great way to make a plain piece of fruit feel fresh. Apples are a good source of fibre, while peanut butter is rich in protein and healthy fats.
HARD BOILED EGGS:
The humble boiled egg is the perfect school snack. They are easy to prepare the night before, they will also stay fresh in the fridge. Eggs are rich in Vitamin D and B12 and they help with brain development too.
A small pot of sugar-free jelly is ideal for the occasional sweet treat. Also, you can make them a home-made ice cream. Or, you could try making your own sweet potato crisps at home. Just thinly slice a sweet potato and roast in olive oil until crispy.
If you want to make your own meals, this can help you:
You should be based on starchy carbohydrates (bread, potatoes, rice, pasta). Their meals should include fresh fruit and vegetables, also a source of protein such as eggs, meat, fish or meat. Yoghurt can be a “sweet meal” or jelly. Give them a drink, water is a best option, but you can make them a lemonade or orange juice, but without sugar.