It can be hard enough to get the kids to snack healthily at home. Once they’ve set off for school, making sure they get the nutrients and energy they need can feel impossible.
Regain some control by sending them off with one of these fun and sneakily nutritious ideas from HelloFresh. They’re guaranteed to brighten their day when they open their lunchbox too.
1. Apple pizzas
These apple slices with healthy toppings make a great portable snack. Simply core and thinly slice apples and toss with lemon juice to stop them from browning. Use a lunchbox with different compartments and include a variety of toppings such as berries, yoghurt, honey, peanut butter and nuts, so your kids can assemble them at break time.
2. Ants on a log
This classic snack is an inspired way to get kids into celery, and the peanut butter will give them an energy boost too. Cut celery sticks into three-inch pieces, fill with peanut butter and stud with sultanas or raisins (the “ants”). You can vary each element. Topping hollowed-out carrots or cucumbers with hummus and tomatoes, for example, or using cream cheese instead of peanut butter.
3. Fruit rainbow skewers
Even the fussiest of children will be drawn to these fun and colourful skewers, especially if you call them “swords”. Use wooden skewers (you can soak in water first to minimise splintering) and thread with strawberries, orange or clementine segments, pineapple chunks, blueberries, grapes – whatever you have in. Throw in a pot of yoghurt for dipping. It works wonderfully with grilled veggies too.
4. Blueberry dippers
Most kids seem to love blueberries, maybe because they look and taste like little sweets. Make them even more appealing by adding a pot to their lunchbox with some yoghurt swirled with honey and perhaps some crushed nuts, adding a toothpick for dipping.
5. Teddy crackers
Inspired by this recipe for Teddy Toast on the HelloFresh blog, this cute snack is pretty much guaranteed to stop kids reaching for crisps or chocolate bars. Spread cream cheese, nut butter or chocolate spread on wholewheat crackers and make cute teddy bear faces. First, use three banana slices for the ears and nose. Then add two blueberries for the eyes plus another to top off the cute button nose.
6. Pea green hummus
Hummus is delicious but it can be a little beige. Brighten it up with these bold ideas that are easy to whip up at home. Kids will love the bright green pea version. Simply blend a cup of green peas with 400g tinned chickpeas (drained), a large garlic clove, 2tbsp tahini, 3tbsp of olive oil and salt and pepper. Throw a handful of crunchy carrots and celery in their lunchbox to further up their veg intake.
7. Energy-boost balls
These will help see kids through those afternoon slumps. To make a batch of around 20, blitz two cups of muesli or granola, a cup of dried fruit (prunes, sultanas, raisins), 2 tbsp honey and a pinch of mixed spice. Shape into balls and roll in a little muesli or desiccated coconut, place in an airtight container and store in the fridge.
8. Perfect pinwheels
So simple, yet so delicious, the biggest challenge is avoiding the temptation to scoff these yourself. Spread tortillas – red and green ones add extra colour and interest – with cream cheese, pesto or hummus. Layer on some lettuce leaves or ham and scatter finely chopped tomatoes, spring onions, cucumber or whatever you (or they) fancy. Roll up tightly and refrigerate for a few hours before slicing.
9. Kiwi apple turtles
Make a lunchbox-suitable version of this cute fruity snack with the help of toothpicks. Thick slices of kiwi fruit or apple halves form the “body”. Use a whole grape for the head, quartered grapes for the feet and slices for the tail, fixing together with toothpicks.
10. Beetroot crisps
If your kids are monsters when it comes to munching crisps, try this lower-fat version with no added salt. Thinly slice a beetroot, toss in a little olive oil and roast at 200C until crisp (around 15-20 minutes). Allow to cool before packaging up.
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