"Muuuuuum!!! Can I have a snack??!!" Gosh isn't that the most used line in my house. Between my three boys I'm forever making snacks and sandwiches and pouring drinks. So I can then clean up after it all.
After years of trial and error I've found some awesome and healthy snack ideas which are forever used in my house. Although I like them all to be fast and easy to make (and NOT too messy), I love to be able to serve healthy snacks. So here is our list of favourites:
- Veggies, such as cucumber and carrot sticks
- Mix plate
- Rice crackers
- Home made oat balls
- Little pancakes
- Cooked pasta spirals
I'll take you through some of these to explain why my kids and I love them.
So my little two year old's obsession is a banana smoothie. It's so easy yet so good for him. It's just one banana blended with some milk and some icecubes. He loves it and his little belly gets quite full for a while. It's a nice and easy snack to make, especially on hot days.
My two older boys LOVE what I call a mixed plate or cheese plate. It's basically just a large plate for all three of them to share and they just pick out what they feel like. I usually cut up whatever raw veggies I have, fruit, crackers and even pop a couple of yoghurts on there. We love to make this and enjoy in the garden - sitting on a little picnic blanket.
A hit in our house both for big and small are our little homemade oat balls. It's a bit of a homemade recipe where I mix some raw quick oats, peanut butter, rice malt syrup and chia seeds into a little ball and roll it in shredded coconut. Have a try with your little ones. You can even add some cacao or sultanas – whatever you have. It's a bit of trial and error so no need for the exact measurements. Just depends what you are going to put into it. It's easy and fun to make and you don't need a mixer, just hand mix it all with a spoon.
If all else fails, a huge plate of fruit is always a life saver! A big bright colourful plate of cold seasonal fruit is a game changer. It will give your little ones that tiny bit of energy to last through in the afternoons and they can pick at it while being busy playing.
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