The first words Little H says to me at home time every single day is “Have you got anything to eat?”. Like I had time to whip up a sandwich on my drive from work to the school.
I usually have some kind of snack in my pocket for her (if I remember!) but the second we walk through the door, before we’ve got our coats and shoes off, she says “Mummy I’m starving”.
And so my afternoon carries on until bedtime.
I admit I do give her a sugar-laden cereal bar, yogurt, biscuit or packet of sweets every so often, but with the amount of snacks she needs I get to the point where I know I can’t possibly give her any more sugar.
A quick Google search for “healthy after school snacks” brings up some hilarious suggestions. Who are these kids who eat kale chips, zucchini muffins or artichoke pesto bites?! They can’t possibly exist.
If you have a
normal fussy child, here are some healthy snack suggestions they might not turn their noses up to…
Breadsticks and dip
I was quite surprised when Little H liked sour cream dip but she does so I buy loads of it. She’ll eat it with breadsticks, pitta bread or tortilla chips. Definitely no carrot or cucumber though. She’ll also eat mild salsa, but won’t go near hummous! This is a really easy snack for kids that won’t take you much time.
This is a new one and a nice quick snack for kids. Last year she hated it, this year she tells me she’s eaten it at breakfast club and loves it. cares it’s supposed to be for breakfast, it’s a good afternoon school snack and does seem to fill her up.
If you’d like some healthy snacks for kids to make how about wraps? Little H loves making her own. Putting grated cheese, ham, lettuce and (sugar-free) ketchup in a wrap keeps her amused for a while so this homemade healthy snack kills two birds with one stone. Win win.
Ok, so yes this does sound a bit “Pinterest Mama” but I had kebab sticks left over from a summer BBQ. Little H does like fruit but says its “boring”. Stick a few grapes, strawberries and bits of melon on a stick and it suddenly becomes a lot more interesting.
Fruit ice lollies
A great idea for summer and a fun snack for kids are fresh fruit ice lollies. Just chop up some fruit, mix in with some orange, apple or pineapple juice, put in an ice lolly mould and stick in the freezer.
Fruit & veg crisps
I didn’t think that Little H would like these but we were offered some to try so thought I’d give it a go. Nim’s air-dried fruit and vegetable crisps come in lots of flavours from apple, pear, pineapple and melon to tomato, courgette, beetroot and pepper – Little H’s favourite was the apple and melon ones, probably because they’re naturally sweet. She sat and ate a whole packet without realising she was eating a bag of fruit! The crisps count as 1 of your 5 a day, have no additives or preservatives, are suitable for veggies and vegans, and are fat and gluten free. A perfect and sneaky way to get some goodness into your kids while letting them think they’ve got a bag of crisps, plus very handy if you’re out and about straight after school.
And that’s where I run out of suggestions and it’s back to biscuits!
If you have any healthy (but realistic) snack ideas for kids you’d like to share feel free to leave a comment below.
*We were given a selection of Nims Fruit Crisps for free for the purpose of this review, however, the opinions are all honest and my own