Given that generally we bake and pop treats like the Malteaser cheesecake on the blog you would be forgiven for thinking that all I feed the Toddler is sweet delicious sugary goo.
As much as he would like me too I refuse. Besides nursery has rules about what can and can’t go into his lunchbox for snack time.
So how do you send a healthy variety of snacks each day covering different food groups?
Start off on Pinterest for inspiration and get a bit lacklustre towards the end of the week and go in with goldfish crackers and strawberries.
Or look at the list below for some of the delicacies the Toddler enjoys.
10 Healthy Children’s Snacks On The Go
1. Fresh Fruit
Sliced juicy red strawberries.
Beautiful plump blueberries.
A shiny green apple.
Lovingly chopped melon.
Sliced seedless grapes.
Vitamin C packed kiwi fruit.
The list is endless. I often try to send him with something he doesn’t eat at home because he tends to eat it (or give it away) at nursery. It’s how we discovered a new love of kiwi fruit.
2. Raw chopped veggies
Carrots for crunch (like Peter Rabbit apparently)
Strips of cucumber.
Sugar snap peas.
Cold baby sweetcorn.
3. Bread sticks with Strawberry Philadelphia
Bless the people over at Kraft they try all sorts out and get all sorts of stick (chocolate philly springs to mind) but this is pure genius however wrong it sounds.
Basically strawberry cheesecake. With breadsticks. A kind of “I feel like a good mum” choc dip. No strawberry philly where you are, and there doesn’t seem to be in the UK? Beating together pureed strawberries and normal philly would work just as well (but take more effort).
Homemade bread that you can fill with a variety of fruit, cheese, herbs. The beauty of it? The basic dough is just TWO ingredients. Great to get the little ones involved in. Bake and slice.
Puff pastry pizza style.
6. Omelette Bites
Baked mini omelettes made using my silicon baking tray. Fry off some veggies, pop them in the cases, fill with beaten egg and bake at 180 for about 15 minutes.
7. Mini Sandwiches
One piece of bread cut in triangles, and triangles again – let’s face it sandwiches taste better as triangles – filled with your little ones favourite filling. Ham. Cream Cheese. Normal cheese. Jam. Marmalade (ala Paddington Bear).
Homemade quiche is delicious served cold or warm. I make an old-school Quiche Lorraine (with turkey bacon out here) that the Toddler gobbles up. Again you can make them mini by busting out the trusty old silicon baking tray!
With or without cheese. Goldfish shaped or not. The Toddler loves all varieties of dry crackers so that’s what I tend to send him off with when I’m running out of inspiration.
Skip the nuts and replace peanut butter for actual butter in this fruit filled recipe and the balance of slow energy release oats and honey will be enough to see him through to lunch.
What are your top healthy children’s snacks on the go?