There are simply occasions when you need suitably healthy snacks for your children. To name but a few:

  • there’s too long to wait until dinner
  • school’s over for the day but you’re driving your child to football practice, drama class…..etc etc….and they haven’t eaten since lunchtime
  • they’re between after school clubs and evening clubs and a whole meal is simply not possible
  • you’re on a day trip and it’s been hours since breakfast
  • you’re on a long journey and you want to take food from home

So what can you provide that’s suitably healthy? Well, I asked people in my Facebook Group (a group of around 1000 parents) what they thought and added some my own ideas. Here’s what we came up with:

Drinks:

  1. Frozen Fruit and Coconut Milk Smoothies
  2. Fruity Kefir Shake
  3. Frozen Banana, Peanut Butter, Greek Yogurt and Milk Shake
  4. Ground Oats, Coconut Water, Frozen Berry and Yogurt Smoothie

Vegetables:

  1. Red Pepper Fingers and Hummus inside a slice of Cold Cooked Turkey Deli-Style Meat
  2. Lettuce Leaves Wrapped Around Cold Cooked Chicken or Ham
  3. Cucumber Raita and Crudites
  4. Guacamole and Baked Pitta Chips

Cookies and Bakes:

  1. Peanut Butter, Banana, Honey and Oat Choc-Chip Cookies
  2. Sweet Potato Blender Muffins
  3. Protein Flapjack
  4. Banana Bread with Nut Butter

Fruit:

  1. Watermelon Slices
  2. Apple Wedges with Nut Butter
  3. Fruit Kebabs with Natural Yogurt
  4. Melon and Ham

Cheese Combos:

  1. Brie and Grapes
  2. Strawberries, Cream Cheese and Honey
  3. Cheddar and Pineapple Cubes
  4. Cream Cheese and Low Sugar Jam in Oatcakes

Dried Fruit Combos:

  1. Homemade Nak’d Bars
  2. Parma Ham Wrapped Dates
  3. Trail Mix – seeds, goji berries, cranberries, nuts, desiccated coconut
  4. Unsweetened Homemade Muesli and Milk or Yogurt