If you’re anything like me, your children (no matter how big or small) are always on the go! In and out, up and down and every which way!
I love that they’re so active; it’s so good for them! It keeps them fit, healthy, alert and connected to a wonderful world outside our home. It also keeps them hungry. No make that starving almost every waking moment.
Having been a Mum for over 18 years now, I’ve learnt that there is a definite art to ensuring your kids are eating well. That the meals and snacks they are having are made up of simple, fresh ingredients. I’ve realised that you’ll feel so much better about letting your children snack (and yourself) if the snacks you’re making are simple to put together and contain simple ingredients – ingredients you can pronounce but more importantly ingredients that you can find in your pantry at home.
I know life gets busy and I don’t profess to give my kids homemade snacks everyday. In fact, I like having a stock of store bought biscuits and other snacks as back up in the pantry. The one thing I do insist on though with these is that the ingredients must be good quality and as simple as the ingredients I’d use if I were making them at home. If my primary kids can’t read the ingredients, we don’t put it in the trolley!
If you find coming up with interesting ways to create Simple Snacks for Kids a little tricky, don’t despair. We’ve had a peek around the MoM site and found some great ideas from our members. We’ve also added in a few ideas of our own that are so simple, there’s no recipe required.
There’s nothing better than a freshly blended smoothie – one of our favourite Simple Snacks for Kids! Whatever fruit you have on hand, throw it all into your blender with a a handful of ice, a scoop of yoghurt, a tiny squeeze of honey and whizz away. Better still, freeze your fruit beforehand and you’ll be showing off a very simple but very special Smoothie Bowl!
This Banana Sushi was shared by one of our MoM Members a long while back but it continues to be one of the absolute all time favourite Simple Snacks for Kids. Perfect for breakfast if your children aren’t into cereal, the ultimate play lunch and of course perfect for an ‘on the way out the door, can’t stop now Mum’ hand held snack (just leave the wrap and banana whole and don’t slice through). Banana Sushi Recipe.
Homemade popcorn has got to be one of the most Simple Snacks for Kids that you can make. Keep it plain and popcorn actually helps keep kids’ teeth clean. Add a little cinnamon and a tiny sprinkle of icing sugar and they’ll actually be asking for a bag to take to the movies. Importantly go as light on the butter as you can to keep it clean and simple. What do we love about this Cinnamon & Sugar Popcorn? It’s simple and you know exactly what’s in there (no hidden nasties)!
When is ice cream simple and made with just 2 ingredients that everyone would have in their kitchen right now? When it’s Vanilla and Banana Ice Cream made the MoM Recipes way! Literally 2 ingredients frozen and whizzed up in a high powered food processor. No added sugar, no preservatives, no nasties and so simple, it’s ready in 2 minutes.
These ‘Ants on a Log’ are so much fun but again, so simple! Perfectly straight forward but a treat the kids used to ask me for all the time. Now they make their own versions of these depending on what they’re feeling like. If you’re not a peanut butter fan, switch it out for cream cheese or homous.
I recently dug our old pie maker out of the back of the cupboard and it’s now super popular when it comes to snacks after school. I’ll even admit we’ve had these Pie Maker Cheese & Bacon Scrolls for dinner a couple of times with soup. So simple, so tasty and just 3 simple ingredients.
If you find your kids poo poo the idea of a ‘piece of fruit’ … chop it all up! Create a rainbow of colours in a groovy little container and suddenly fruit becomes much more exciting. If you like to prep ahead, squeeze a little lemon or lime juice over the fruit to keep the colours vibrant and any discolouration at bay. Again, so simple and you know exactly what the kids are eating.
If your children like a little crunch, steer them away from store bought chips by having a container filled with these Roasted Honey Cinnamon Chickpeas! So yummy and every ready for those hungry tummies. I like to make a massive batch and then store them in mini tubs so they’re instantly ready for grab and go. If you’d rather avoid the honey or your kids don’t like sweet, switch out the sweet for a little salt or spice!
So there you have it … a bunch of Simple Snacks for Kids that are not only simple to make (and therefore super fast) but they are filled with deliciously simple ingredients you can find everywhere. So less stress for you all round. ENJOY!
Every now and then our partners ask us to create an article for our audience on their behalf. We were more than happy to create this article for our partners at Arnott’s in conjunction with the Arnott’s Simple Batch Product Review that is currently underway. MoM Members are reviewing Arnotts Simple Batch Honey Cinnamon Biscuits and Arnotts Simple Batch Anzac Biscuits. All made with simple ingredients. Nothing more.
What’s your favourite Simple Snack for Kids? Have we included it in our list … or do we all need you to share?