10 yummy and healthy school snacks… these will definitely get your little one’s tick of approval! Veggie slice… homemade snack bags and more!
Need some motivation for healthy school snacks? I’m certainly no nutritionist, but I do love a healthy snack and over the last few years I have seen lots of great snack ideas that the kids in my class have brought from home.
Kids get super excited about homemade snacks which is an awesome thing, given that they are a LOT cheaper than store bought snacks and at least you know what is actually going in them.
On the other hand, kids don’t get excited about gooey snacks that have decided to squirt and spurt all over the rest of their food… and if they decide a snack is too difficult to eat, well they just give up!
So, with those things in mind, here are ten snacks that are always popular with kids, but are also budget friendly, healthy, simple to pack in a lunchbox and easy to eat!
- Celery with peanut butter – An oldie but a goodie! Fill the celery sticks with peanut butter and then place in a small container – a perfect mid morning snack!
- Healthy muffins – A yummy muffin (either sweet or savoury) will keep your kids swinging on the monkey bars and solving maths problems quicker than Einstein all afternoon long! Check out my banana muffin recipe here.
- Cut up seasonal fruit – Sounds obvious right? The keyword is ‘cut up’! For some reason if kids have a whole apple they seem to nibble here and there and then throw the majority of it out, but if it’s cut up then they gobble it all up! Might be a bit of extra effort in the morning, but hey, if it gets your little one eating more fruit then that’s got to be a good thing! It’s always good to have a bit of a mix of fruit in there too!
- Popcorn – No this doesn’t mean the caramel coated popcorn, or the buttery movie version! Fill a resealable bag with a couple of handfuls of air popped popcorn for a snack that is high in fibre but low in calories. Easy peasy. If your child doesn’t like plain popcorn, you could try adding some cinnamon or a tiny little bit of salt.
- Rice crackers and veggie sticks with hummus – Hummus is super easy to make. Just whack a can of drained chickpeas, a bit of garlic, a little splash of olive oil, a couple of tablespoons of tahini, a squeeze of lemon juice and a bit of water into a food processor and whizz away. A much cheaper alternative than buying hummus, plus it makes heaps and there are no additives or preservatives. Check out my super easy hummus recipe here.
- Snack bag filled with nuts, dried fruit and choc chips – Pop some nuts and seeds (whichever type your child prefers) in a resealable bag along with some dried fruit (sultanas, apricots, raisins, cranberries) and a couple of mini choc chips. This is a great idea because it can be resealed and lets your child eat a little at recess, some more with their lunch and then while waiting for the bus or when walking home.
- Homemade muesli bars – There are so many healthy muesli bar recipes on the internet. Pick and choose the ingredients you like and bake away. Oats, cranberries, honey, cinnamon, seeds and nuts are among my favourite bits to pop in. Click here for my favourite muesli bar recipe ever!!
- Veggie slice – This is a great way to use up veggies. Just grate a mixture of veggies (zucchini, sweet potato, carrot, onion etc), add a little bit of flour, a couple of eggs, a splash of olive oil and some cheese. Pop in the oven and bake. Healthy, yum and simple – can’t beat that! Check out my fave carrot & zucchini slice recipe here…
- Frozen yoghurt – Put some fruit (berries, banana etc) into a food processor with a bit of yoghurt. Blend away. Spoon into some small containers and freeze. This is a great snack that will have mostly defrosted by recess time and also helped to keep everything else in the lunchbox cold too! Double bonus!
- Muesli, fruit and yoghurt – layer some yoghurt with muesli and cut up fruit into a little container. Make sure you pop it next to a frozen water bottle so it stays nice and cold. Oh and don’t forget to put a spoon in too! 🙂