Are the kids eating you out of house and home during lockdown? Mine certainly are. They are confusing boredom with hunger and wanting all of the snacks all of the time!
So we put out heads together to find a few ideas to keep snack time interesting, and some snack foods to keep those tummies full for longer.
Daily Snack Shop
We started a regular Tuck Shop when lockdown began, with prices for each snack. They had to work out the prices and the change they were due, with unhealthy snacks costing the most. But I much prefer this idea, where the kids earn snack money by doing little jobs about the house.
Daily Snack Box
Another friend sets the kids’ snacks out each morning. They can eat them at any point throughout the day – as long as they ask and it’s not right before lunch or tea – and once they’re gone, they’re gone!
Per child, she includes: one piece of fruit, one treat (biscuit, crisps or fruit winder etc) and one portion of veg such as carrot or cucumber sticks. She’s also added things they haven’t tried before, such as dried apricots (which went down a storm) and hummus and breadsticks (which weren’t such a hit!)
Without doubt, my kids will try all they can to get treats rather than snacks, and they’re persistent to a fault.
But here are some things that have worked for us, and a few ideas from friends.
Popcorn (we have it plain but you could add icing sugar or butter)
Dried fruit (mango and raisins are both favourites)
Yoghurt – the tube yoghurts worked especially well for us and the kids loved the little joke on the packet! Try freezing them to make them more of a treat!
Mini quiche. You can make these in cupcake baking trays with or without pastry
Energy balls – these are jam-packed with nutrients and my kids can’t stop sneaking them from the fridge. We use this recipe from My Fussy Eater and I throw in chia seeds and sometimes and tablespoon of mixed seeds too.
Hummus and breadsticks
Apple slices with peanut butter
Banana bites (sliced, frozen banana)
Two ingredient cookies – mash a ripe banana and stir in a cup of oats then shape into balls and flatten on a baking sheet. Bake for about 15 minutes. We add a pinch of cinnamon and sometimes chocolate chips too.
Fruit kebabs – I cannot believe how enthusiastic my kids were about fruit on a stick compared to fruit in a bowl!
Cream cheese and cucumber sticks
Savoury muffins, you can add any veg you have, even frozen veg
Oat flapjacks – maybe use up some of the leftover Easter eggs and dip one end in chocolate for an extra treat? Costa Coffee recently shared its flapjack recipe on IG.
Cheese cubes, strings or Babybels
Nuts (for children old enough). We love pistachios and peanuts.
Dough balls – these take a bit of thinking ahead, but each step is fairly quick and the kids devour them. We use the Pizza Express recipe.
Rice pudding or custard
Corn on the cob – I cook one and chop it into three snack-size portions
Wraps – we buy mini wraps and the kids love to roll them up with a slice of ham
Mini croissants, bought in a bag from the supermarket
We hope this helps satisfy those little (HUGE) appetites!
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