Regardless of whether we have a toddler, preschooler or school aged child, we all want our kids to eat healthy. If you are on the hunt for some super simple snack ideas to have ready for when the kids get home from school or as a healthy morning tea in between craft time and outdoor play, then you (and your kids) are in for a treat.
This week on Babyology’s Nutritional Bite, our expert nutritionist and mum, Michele Chevalley Hedge, shares some of her favourite simple but healthy snacks for kids of all ages.
Michele, a Jamie Olive Food Revolution ambassador and founder of the My Family Wellness Low Sugar Lifestyle program, explains that in order to “create a nutritional change in your home that is a lasting change, it cannot be extreme or difficult. If snacks are tasty, easy to make and healthy without a lot of cost then change can happen and kids can shine!”.
This was one of my favourite snacks growing up and we still serve it once in a while. Use baked (not fried) corn chips, lay on a baking dish, place a drained can of kidney beans on top, add a jar of all-natural salsa and sprinkle a small amount of cheddar cheese on the top of the other layers. Bake until the cheese deliciously melts.
Hazelnut Protein Balls
Balls are a snack staple for most Aussie mums and these delicious protein balls will balance blood sugar when the afternoon slump hits. Combine one cup of almonds or walnuts, ½ cup of seedless organic dates, 1/4 cup of shredded coconut, one teaspoon of cocoa powder, one tablespoon of Mayver’s Hazelnut Cocoa spread and one tablespoon of coconut oil. Place in a food processor and whiz for three minutes. Roll into balls and enjoy immediately or refrigerate for tomorrow’s lunch box.
Tamari Nut Mix
Tamari almonds are not only delicious, they are also a good source of protein and have no sugar. You can purchase tamari almonds, nuts and seeds or you can simply make them yourself by sprinkling some tamari on a baking sheet, place the nuts or seeds on top and bake in a low oven for 15 minutes.
Healthy Cracker Snacker
There is a world of healthy crackers out there – wholegrain, brown rice, quinoa and flaxseed – and they can be found in the local supermarket’s health food aisle. Top your cracker snackers with low sugar peanut butter spread, ABC (almond, brazil and cashew) spread or other natural nut butters which can provide essential fatty acids without the added sugars, making them excellent brain food for children who need to concentrate.
Create a creamy, sweet, and super healthy sundae in minutes. Place a few scoops of natural yoghurt in a bowl, add berries and/or sliced bananas around the rim, top with shredded or toasted coconut, and sprinkle some chopped nuts and cocoa nibs on top.
For something quick that provides energy and stabilises your blood sugar think eggs. In less than five minutes, you can scramble and cook an egg and place in a wrap. Top it off with a bit of all natural tomato sauce and cut into smaller triangles for little ones.
Rice Crispy Treats
Forget shop-bought varieties. These are so easy to make at home and perfect for school lunch boxes – just omit the nuts if your school has a nut-free policy.
The key to keeping your kids energised throughout the day is to have plenty of variety in their diets. Check out the Low Sugar Lifestyle program, a 28-day online program full of snacks, meal ideas and healthy tips and education on serving up the best for your family, one nutritional bite at a time.
Stay tuned for next week’s Nutritional Bite when we will have another batch of healthy hints to dish up.