10 healthy snacks for hungry kids
Whether you’re packing a lunchbox, feeding the kids after school or keeping them fuelled for a weekend of activities, it can be hard to create a roster of snacks that are healthy, delicious and convenient.
Avoid the temptation to stuff the pantry with chips, biscuits, cakes and lollies. With just a little bit of extra planning and a touch of extra time in the kitchen, you can have quick snacks on hand that your kids will love. Best of all, they don’t come loaded with the sugar, salt, fat and artificial colours that are often present in packaged snack foods.
Building on our last instalment of healthy snack ideas for kids, we’ve come up with another 10 that are relatively easy to prepare and pack plenty of nutritional punch:
Apple and peanut butter “cookies”
Cookies tend to be loaded with fat and sugar to make them delicious. You won’t find any butter or cane sugar in these cookies, but you’ll still get a crunchy exterior with a satisfyingly creamy filling.
1 apple, thinly sliced across the whole apple
1 tablespoon of peanut butter
Spread peanut butter over an apple slice and top with another slice, sandwiching the peanut butter in between.
Crunchy roasted chickpeas
Chickpeas are underrated as a snack food. Not only can you blend them up with some tahini, garlic and olive oil to make an easy homemade hummus, but you can also roast them in the oven with a little seasoning to make a snack that’s crunchy, filling and delicious.
1 can of chickpeas
1 tablespoon of olive oil
1 tsp of salt
½ tsp of smoked paprika
½ tsp of garlic powder
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees and line a baking tray with parchment paper. Drain the chickpeas and thoroughly dry them with some paper towel. Add all ingredients to a bowl and toss to combine before spreading onto the baking tray. Roast for 20 minutes or until golden and crispy.
3 ingredient banana oat cookies
Bananas, oats and peanut butter are powerhouse ingredients for kids, packed with potassium, fibre and healthy fats, respectively. When combined, these three ingredients make for a flavourful, chewy and healthy cookie that’s delicious when eaten warm out of the oven, or packed into lunchboxes.
2 cups of rolled oats
2 large (or 3 small) ripe bananas
¼ cup of peanut butter
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees and line a baking tray with parchment paper. Mash the banana using a masher or with the back of a fork. Combine the mashed banana with the oats and peanut butter in a bowl, and stir until combined. Shape the mix into small balls and place on the baking tray, allowing room to spread. Bake for 10-12 minutes.
Add even more snacks to your repertoire with these ideas and combinations: