I once read that whilst it is important to teach our children how to use a fork, it is more important to teach them what goes on their fork. First of all I am definitely by no means a nurtritionist or health food professional! However as you may have learnt about me I love cooking and passionate about healthy eating. One of my fondest memories at my nana’s house as a child is cooking with her in the kitchen. This is something I feel strongly about teaching our children so they have a good relationship with food. Fast forward to now I love having my kids involved in the kitchen. Whilst Scarlett is still too young to understand Aria loves to be involved and help out. From selecting vegetables, to measuring ingredients for a recipe and teaching her how to crack an egg.
Today on the blog I am sharing with you our favourite kids snack ideas. I know first hand how busy mum life can get and it is so easy to just reach for something in a packet. The below ideas some can be prepped in advanced, some easily prepped and some stored frozen. I have also popped in links to all the recipes.
We cant get enough of this in our house. Whilst you can buy this from your local health food store, it is also so easy to make. You can also use any kind of nut for the recipe click here. Smear it on fresh cut up apples, rice cakes, dates, celery or whatever you like.
Perfect for baking then slicing and storing in the freezer. I have my one go to recipe that we all love and freezes well. Top with greek yoghurt or freshly toasted. With no refined sugars, white flour and can be dairy free it is Jessica Sepel’s Signature Banana Bread. You can find the recipe here
These are Aria’s favourite. Most of the time her lunch consists of something like this that she can continually graze at. Fill with veggie sticks, cheese, brown rice crackers, 2-3 dates, ham/chicken, chopped fruit, dip and let the kids snack away. We all know kids love dipping. Most noteworthy we love hommus in our house, freshly made or store brought
A fun recipe to get the kids in the kitchen baking with you. A different take on your traditional gingerbread recipe and taste so delicious. Perfect for the lunchbox or pack them up to take to the park to share with friends. For the recipe we use click here
Yoghurt Dough Scrolls
If you have not made Sarah Wilson’s Yoghurt Dough Scrolls then you need to! This recipe is from her I Quit Sugar Kids Cookbook. They are so easy to make and freeze well. I couldn’t find a direct link to the particular recipe so I have noted it below
FOR THE DOUGH
1 1/3 cup self-raising flour, plus extra for dusting
1 cup good thick greek yoghurt
- Preheat the oven to 180 degrees. Line a baking tray with baking paper
- For the dough, mix the flour and the yoghurt in a bowl until they start to come together into a ball
- Turn the dough onto a well floured surface and knead for about five minutes. Divide the dough into six or eight equal portions. Flatten out a little with your hands, add more flour as needed to keep the dough from sticking. Take a portion and roll into a long thin rectangle, about a centimetre thick.
- Top the dough with your chosen filling and roll dough into a scroll. Place onto the baking tray.
- Repeat process until all the dough is gone. Sprinkle any additional ingredients on top of the scrolls. Bake for 25mins or until golden and cooked through
Whatever you fancy! Cheese and vegemite is always a good one. Pureed apple with cinnamon. Most of all pizza style is always a winner with kids
What kid doesn’t love chicken nuggets? The recipe I use is a slightly different take on one I used to make. Plus they have the hidden veggies
In a food processor blitz together 8 chicken tenderloins, 1/4 quinoa flakes, 1 egg, half a zucchini and 1 kale leaf stem removed. If you like can add some parmesan or feta. Im sure any other green veggies could also work
Once the mix is all blitzed together well, take tablespoons of the mixture and place/shape onto a lined baking tray. Bake in oven 180 degrees till golden/cooked through. I think I bake mine for about 20mins
These freeze really well. I always cook up a batch after we have been to butcher to store in the freezer
Not only a great kids snack, these are perfect for the days when we are on the go! Load them up with all tummy boosting goodies. There are so many recipes you can find on Pinterest. Some of my go to recipes are by Jessica Sepel. The carrot bliss balls featured in the pics are from My Lovely Little Box you can find the recipe here
The best thing smoothies is the amount of veggies you can disguise in there! Think celery, cucumber, kale, spinach, carrot and beetroot! Furthermore you just have to search Pinterest for some smoothie inspiration. In summer freeze them into popsicles so delicious on a hot summers day.
To discover more information on getting your kids involved in the kitchen, taste, learn about what goes on their plate, keeping active and learn all about veggies Nestle Healthy Active Kids is a great resource. With information for parents, teachers and a kids corner. The Kitchen Kart competition is also currently running with the chance for your nominated school to win an amazing prize plus a gift card for yourself. For more details click here
Bamboo wooden plate, bowl and spoon featured throughout by Avanchy. Available to purchase from Thanks Mum click here