With the array of tempting sugary snacks on offer to kids today, getting them to eat healthy snacks can often be a bit of a challenge. Help is at hand! Here are 8 of our tried and tested Healthy Snack Ideas so Good, the Kids will Want More!
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#1. Peanut Butter and Banana
A classic combo that offers protein, fiber and carbs. Serve on wholemeal bread or crackers for a quick and healthy snack.
- Alternatively if you have bananas that need using up simply mash 3 or 4 medium bananas with 6 tablespoons of peanut butter and 100g of oats (add more if the mixture is too wet). Mix until you have a biscuit dough consistency.
- Grease a 10 x 12 inch dish and spread your mixture. Bake in a hot oven, 200c for 20 minutes, or until a skewer comes out clean. Cut into bars and enjoy. They will last for 3 days in an airtight container.
Top Tip: The bars can be frozen and defrosted in the fridge as you need them.
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#2. Baked Potato Wedges
- Simply take 1 large potato per child, wash it well and slice it into wedges.
- Place the wedges in a bowl and coat with a little vegetable oil.
- Transfer to a greased baking tray or dish and bake in a hot oven, 200C for 30 minutes and you will have a delicious alternative to chips.
Top Tip: To spice up the flavour add some paprika or cayenne pepper before cooking. Serve with homemade hummus or chilli bbq tomato sauce.
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#3. Frozen Grapes
If you have a packet of grapes that are coming near the best before date, pop them in the freezer for a cool, healthy snack. Freezing the grapes intensifies the sugar taste so it feels like you are eating sweets.
Top Tip: Make sure to remove stalks before placing the grapes in the freezer.
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#4. Homemade Soup
Soup is so easy to make and you can pack it full of healthy vegetables – here are 16 simple soup recipes kids love. My Dad makes the best soup ever and I have added his recipe on our Proven Family Dinners Your Picky Eater Will Love post.
Top Tip: Make some Melba Toast to accompany your soup. Simply toast a regular slice of bread. Once toasted, carefully cut it in through the centre so you have 2 very thin slices of toast. Place the slices in a hot oven, 180C, for 5 minutes and watch it curl.
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#5. Homemade Healthy Spring Rolls
I love this recipe for healthy spring rolls from BBC Good Food.
Get the kids involved and let them choose items they want to include or leave out. They will then be more inclined to eat and enjoy something they have made.
#6. Scrambled Eggs Baskets
Add a bit of drama to your scrambled eggs by creating a basket from a slice or bread and topping with cheese before melting under the grill. Sound tempting?
- To create the baskets, cut the crusts off your favourite sliced bread, heat the oven to 200c and lightly butter both sides of the bread. Press each slice into a muffin tin and bake for approx 10 minutes.
- Cook your scrambled eggs and divide between your baskets.
- Grate over some cheese and place under the grill for 3 or 4 minutes, until the cheese has melted.
Top Tip: Add half a cherry tomato to the top of each basket before you grill for extra nutrition.
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#7. Broad Bean Falafel
These tasty treats are great with some pitta and guacamole and help to get the kids to eat vegetables without them even realising!
- 5oz shelled broad beans (fresh or frozen).
- 2 spring onions finely sliced.
- 5oz drained chick peas.
- 1 clove garlic crushed.
- 1 teaspoon each of ground cumin, coriander, lemon juice, chopped fresh mint, chopped fresh parsley.
- 1 egg.
- Pinch of salt and pepper
- Flour for dusting
- Oil for frying
- Steam the broad beans for 2 minutes and cool under running water.
- Add the shelled broad beans, chick peas, egg and all other ingredients to a blender and blend until it forms a coarse mixture.
- Chill the mixture for approx 1 hour.
- Flour your hands and roll the mixture into 12 small balls.
- Heat your frying pan and add a little oil.
- Dust each ball with flour and using floured hands, shape each into a patty.
- Fry each patty gently for 5 minutes (approx) until golden. Do this step in batches.
- Drain on kitchen paper and serve in half a pitta bread with salad and guacamole.
Top Tip: These can be served both hot and cold so are ideal for lunchboxes too.
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#8. Fish Dip
It can be difficult to get your kids to eat oily fish. This quick and tasty dip uses smoked mackerel fillets and can be served with toast fingers, pitta slices, carrots, celery or bread sticks and will be loved by adults as much as children.
- 4 oz smoked mackerel fillets skinned and flaked
- 3oz cottage cheese
- 3oz creme fraiche
- Lemon Juice
- Add all the ingredients to a blender or use a hand blender and combine. Add a squeeze of lemon for taste.
- Divide between bowls or leave a large bowl in the centre and serve with your favourite dipping breads or raw vegetables.
Top Tip: Add the mixture to a baked potato for a delicious, healthy filling.
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Over to you! Do you have a favourite healthy snack recipe? Please share it in the comments box below.