As a mum, you want to make sure that your child is loved, cared for, and nourished, but that last one seems to get harder every day. With so much research around showing just how bad the increasing levels of processed foods can be for your kiddies, it isn’t surprising more mums are turning away from the boxed lunch snacks, and into homemade goodie heaven.
But, how can you make snacks that are good for your conscience and you kids’ taste buds? We’ve got ten ideas to get you started!
Raw Energy Balls
The perfect snack for kids on the go, these Raw Energy Balls are a five minute recipe that packs lots of healthy snacking vibes into just one bite. Combining almonds and almond butter, dates, raisins and oats in a sweet ball snack covered in coconut, these are easy for kids to love, and adults won’t be unhappy either!
Baked Quinoa Burgers
For those parents finding themselves stuck for quick fix lunch ideas that will get their kids through the second half of the day, these Baked Quinoa Burgers are an incredibly simple thing to try. They combine the healthy protein of quinoa and eggs, and even sneak in a little bit of kale for nutritional goodness any mum is guaranteed to be happy with.
Lemon Ricotta Breakfast Cookies
A Lemon Ricotta Cookie doesn’t sound like something that any mum should condone for breakfast, but these cookies are packed full of goodness. They make a great recess snack, with a unique flavour entirely apart from the world of boring lunchbox dailies. They’re even gluten free!
Banana Molasses Granola Bars
There aren’t too many kids, or parents, who would say no to a muesli bar, but why pack in the processed snacks when they’re so easy to make yourself? This particular recipe for Banana Molasses Granola Bars are full of banana flavours, and are a perfect balance of crunch, chewy and sweet.
Sweet Potato Chips
Talk about an easy pleaser, these Sweet Potato Chips aren’t just quick to prepare, they’ll be quick to disappear. A healthy take on the ever-favourite ‘french fry’ these sweet, oven-baked snacks are a yummy addition to the lunchbox, and can be paired with dips for even more nutritional value!
Almond Meal Banana Muffins
There has been an influx of so-called ‘healthy’ muffins lately, but believe us, these Almond Meal Banana Muffins really take the cake. For kids, the combination of egg and almond protein, along with the sweet, long-lasting energy of the bananas, make this snack perfect for those long days at school.
Whole Wheat Cheese Crackers
If you aren’t happy with the long list of additives that make their way into your child’s school lunch crackers, these Whole Wheat Cheese Crackers are a nice quick solution. Their cheesy flavour and crunch texture makes them a delicious, healthy and (slightly) addictive snack, for kids and parents alike!
Baked Parmesan Zucchini Chips
For a recipe that takes just five minutes to prepare, and a quick 20 minutes in the over, these Baked Parmesan Zucchini Chips are an instant favourite. Coated in breadcrumbs and parmesan cheese, these mild snacks are a great addition to any lunchbox, as well as a perfect way to add a little extra veg into your child’s diet.
Homemade Fruit Leather
Admittedly a lot longer in the making, this recipe is for any parent that dreads in the ingredients of the infamous Fruit Roll-Up. This Homemade Fruit Leather, which works with a variety of different fruits, is a great way to add healthy fruit into the diet, without oodles of unhealthy extras.
Apple Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies
Another recipe that re-imagines cookies for breakfast or a healthy mid-morning snack, these Apple Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies combine simple, delicious flavours that even fussy kids will love. They offer a chance to hide a small serving of fruit, and they’re even gluten free, an all-around winner.So, which of these recipes do you think will make the cut for your kids lunches?