Cooking healthy yet creative school snacks for your little one on a daily basis may be a drag but whatever you do, resist the ‘easy-to-do’ allure of junk food. Try these quick yet nutritious treats and recipes for healthier alternatives and watch your child thrive.
Baked potato fries and/or crisps.
You can use regular or sweet potatoes for this recipe and the fact that it’s baked and not deep-fried really cuts on the fat content.
In a small bowl, mix your potatoes with some salt, put on a roasting pan, sprinkle some oil and slide into the oven. Add some chives, parsley or herbs of your choice for a flavourful serving.
A little fun fact about the crisps is that you can cook them in your microwave oil-free! On a sheet of kitchen parchment paper, lay individual discs of thinly sliced potatoes in a flat layer.
Sprinkle the layer with salt, if desired, then cover with another sheet of parchment paper. Microwave for five to six minutes.
Sweet and crunchy fruit bursts.
If you really want to tweak the fruit game, pair different fruits to create an assortment of tastes and textures.
Pair grapes or strawberries with sugar snap peas for an explosion of tastes. Try other combinations using watermelons, apples, pears, avocado or any fruit in season.
Take it a notch higher by packing different flavoured yoghurts to serve as either refreshment or dip.
Creamy peanut butter dips.
Wondering how to break away from the margarine, jam and butter bread spread rut?
Why not try some peanut butter?
Its versatility means it comes in different textures and there’s more than one right way of eating it. Aside from spreading it on bread, it also makes a fantastic dip.
Mix some peanut butter, honey (optional), a dash of water, soy sauce and some cooking oil in a bowl and stir until you have a light consistency.
Serve with some carrot sticks, apples, cucumbers or even noodles. Yum!
A splash of everything.
If time is not on your side and all else fails, toss in a bowl some popcorn, raisins, peanuts, oats or dried fruit and flavour them with cinnamon, ginger or herbs and spices of your choice.
There you go – a healthy mix in no time.
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