Suzie Skipper, mum of four, asks nutritionists for easy tips on quick, healthy snacks for kids.
What should you give your kids that’s healthy and will keep hunger pangs away without spoiling appetites? I asked two nutritionists for their top picks of healthy snacks to take to school or to give your kids when they’re ravenous at pick up or post swimming or rugby training. It’s so easy to reach for a packet of crisps or chocolate bar. The ones kids like the best are often full of fat, salt and sugar.
If you have time to make your own then you’ll know exactly what’s in it. “You only have to look at the back of a packet of crisps or chocolate bar to know that most of the ingredients are not ones you have access to in your own kitchen,” says Sam Murgatroyd, nutritionist and mum of three.
Fruit ‘n’ Veg
Choose fruit or vegetables for a super healthy snack
Cheese is a good source of protein and will fill hungry tummies
Hardboiled eggs are a brilliant nutritious snack
The Healthy Sandwich
Ditch white bread and try healthier options such as oatcakes, rice or corn cakes
Yoghurt au Naturel
Sweeten natural yoghurt with chopped-up fruit and a drizzle of honey if you need to!
The Healthy Biscuit
Buy healthier versions without added sugar or additives
Limit the crisp intake and go for nuts and seeds which are full of good omega oils
The Healthy Snack
100% pure fruit and vegetable kid's snacks mashed into monster shapes
Try your child on raw chocolate made without any dairy products or refined sugar
Ditch the cordial and serve up plain filtered water or add some freshly squeezed juice for flavour
Sugar: the lowdown
Beware of the sugar content when buying snacks for your kids
Sam Murgatroyd's fantastic blog and Julie Silver's new book