As a child, I remember running straight for the snack cupboard after school searching for whatever cakes and goodies my Mum may have stocked up on for my ravenous brothers and I. Wagon Wheels, mini jam swiss rolls, twiglets, you name it, we’d sniff them out like a pack of hungry wolves.
We weren’t allowed them of course, well not straight away, and were always greeted with the ‘you can only have a treat when you’ve finished all your dinner/done your homework/tidied your room’ etc, because such sugary treats should quite rightly be rationed.
We all know that feeling of coming home from a busy day at school and constantly pestering your parents for snacks, and they (in addition to proper meals) are indeed important to a child’s nutritional needs. It’s important children eat often to replenish their energy and help them grow big and strong. However ensuring your little ones consume the right snacks is important to ensure they’re getting the nutrients they need – not just a sugary carb heavy quick fix, thus leaving room for a proper meal.
Some inexpensive, and quick and easy ideas include:
- Peanut butter on wholegrain toast
- Cheese and pineapple chunks on sticks
- Miniature boxes of raisins
- Fruit pieces (banana, apple, raspberries) with a yoghurt ‘dip’
- Hummus and carrot sticks, pepper sticks etc.
- Wholemeal toasted pitta bread (cut into strips) with a salsa dip
- Bag of mixed fruit and nuts
Of course kids are kids and occasional treats, as opposed to them being the norm, make them even nicer to enjoy, so think about the times when you want to give/don’t mind your children having a sweet treat, and why not enjoy one yourself at the same time as a big pat on the back for being a top health conscious parent. Well done!