Surely my kids aren’t the only ones that are ALWAYS hungry?
Sometimes I think that when I’m at home I just feed them, clean up after feeding them and repeat all day til bedtime.
When I was off work on maternity leave we’d have lots of visitors so they’d enjoy biscuits from the tea tray or cake that the visitors brought, but I’ve really tried to cut out the empty sugar-filled food except as proper treats.
We’re trying to change our snacking, with food that’s still appealing to them but that doesn’t use up their treat ration.
Here’s what they love to snack on (if no biscuits or junk are on offer, obviously).
1. Apple slices and peanut butter
Apples taste nicer sliced, fact. One child will dip it in the peanut butter the others will just take the slices from the chopping board as quickly as I can slice them. I prefer almond butter myself.
This is a low sugar recipe, and hasn’t been made nearly enough recently.
Again, once made very often for lunch in this house, these need to get made more often.
Yes, it’s just mashed bananas and nuts and stuff but they like it.
4. Banana pancakes
Just three ingredients and enjoyed by all – recipe HERE.
5. A cup of dry cereal
I find that Shreddies or Cheerios work well, cornflakes and Rice Krispies are just too tiny for them to hold. Coco Pops are not healthy, ever. Sorry kids.
6. Tortilla pizzas
For very hungry days – take one tortilla wrap, spread with red pesto and add whatever pizza toppings you like (usually cheese and ham here), toast under hot grill and slice like pizza. Tadaah, pizza !
My small girl will dip til the cows come home and if I’m late getting dinner ready I’ll often give them breadsticks and pesto to keep them going.
8. Cream cheese and breadstick dippers
Vary it by stirring red or green pesto into the cream cheese, very popular here.
9. Overnight oats
This tastes like dessert but is so healthy, the kids consider it a treat which is fanstastic. To make it add equal quantities of porridge, plain yogurt and milk (almond milk is gorgeous in it), leave it in the fridge for a few hours or overnight, add berries and then gobble it.
10. Banana Oat Cookies (Chocolate Chip)
We make these most weeks using Derval O’Rourke’s recipe, they are hugely popular and have no nasties in them at all. Recipe HERE.
Old school but tasty.
12. Carrot sticks and hummus
Or breadsticks or pretzel sticks or with no hummus. One child loves this, another licks the hummus off the carrots, the third will not indulge.
13. Jam rollies
Don’t tut at the jam we use the Folláin no added sugar one. Some days we even use white bread, mad yokes. To make them cut the crusts off a slice of bread (they roll better with no crusts), spread jam on it, roll it up. It’ll look like a mini-swiss roll. Repeat til the kids stop asking for more. If you are super organised save the crusts and make breadcrumbs for stuffing, although I tend to just eat them myself.
14. Fruit Kebabs
Obviously fruit will feature in this list. I often chop fruit and leave the chopping board on the table with cocktail sticks and they make their own fruit kebabs, which works well with grapes, blueberries and pineapple. This works better in winter when the fruit flies and wasps are less evident.
15. Nuts and Dried Fruit
They love trail mix but mixed almonds and raisins also disappear easily, just watch the raisins are they are so high in sugar.
The smell draws them into the kitchen, just keep an eye on the smallies as it is a choking hazard.
17. Fruit and Yogurt Cups
They like fruit, they like yogurt, I let them choose from the chopped fruit platter which fruit they want and add some natural or vanilla yogurt, so much tastier than a teeny fromage frais.
18. Pick and Mix Snack Platter
This is a child’s version of tapas, sort of. I leave a chopping board on the table with a variety of things that I know they will eat, crackers, breadsticks, pieces of wraps, strips of ham, cubes of cheese, maybe some chopped cucumber or peppers, a small amount of hummus or pesto and I let them help themselves. They often like to make faces from the snacks they’ve invented.
19. Soup in a Mug
I usually make soup on a Sunday night that gets us to about Wednesday when I often end up making more soup. When the kids ask for a snack I give them half a mug of soup and a spoon. Even the broccoli one went down well this week.
See, 19 snacks that are healthier than chocolate biscuits. So you can have all the chocolate biscuits for yourself.