Everyone loves a homemade treat and children get much more joy out of making things themselves and spending time with you on a project. So on these school holidays, I have created a list of easy and delicious (and of course nutritious) snacks you can prepare with your little one.
Fruit Kebabs with Yogurt Dip
These are so easy to make, start by cutting up an assortment of fresh fruits like strawberries, melon, and pineapple. The softer fruits are best for the younger ones and less likely to cause injury when they are threading the fruit onto skewers to create their colourful fruit kebabs. For the dip, mix Greek yogurt with honey and a dash of vanilla extract and viola! Tasty treats are ready to go.
Mini Veggie Pizzas
Fun-size pizzas are perfect for the kids, use pita bread as a base, prepare bowls of grated cheese, veggies and tomato sauce and let them decide how the top theirs (of course, if your child is under three, then it's probably a good idea to choose the toppings, or you are likely to end up with just a pita floating in sauce).
Homemade Icy poles
This is a classic, back in the day most families had icy pole moulds that you would fill up with cordial or juice. These still have mould available but even a plastic cup and a well-placed spoon will do the trick. Go the extra mile and blend up fruits like berries, mangoes, or bananas with Greek yogurt for a delicious healthier alternative, a couple of hours in the freezer and they are ready to eat.
Peanut Butter Energy Balls
These are a tasty treat for the whole family. Get out your trusty food processor, and combine oats, peanut butter, honey, and a handful of choc chips. Roll the mixture into small balls and refrigerate. These energy balls are a fantastic source of protein low on carbs and they fill you up.
Homemade Muesli Bars
Whip up your own muesli bars with ingredients like rolled oats, honey, nuts, dried fruits and few choc chips and roll them into a pan. Refrigerate and cut into bars. Once you make these you will wonder why you ever buy muesli bars from the shop. They are so easy to make and you know exactly what you and your children are eating.
These are a fantastic way to trick… I mean encourage your kids to eat veggies. You simply slice up zucchini, sweet potatoes, or beetroot thinly, drizzle with olive oil, and bake until crispy. Veggie chips are a tasty way to widen the range of foods your children will eat and they will love the crunch.
The best dessert ever is the simple fresh strawberry dipped in dark chocolate. Let them cool on a baking paper-lined tray and pop them in the fridge, make it even more fun by adding a skewer to each one like a fruity chocolate lollipop.
OK, plenty of choices, gather your ingredients, put on your aprons, and create some treats, and have some fun while you are teaching the little ones healthy options
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