Busy lives and hungry, growing kids means healthy snacks and lunches that will provide energy and nutrition are a necessity.
We take a look at some of the most convenient, healthy, and full-of-goodness snacks and lunchbox fillers that not only keep the hangries away, they can also give a nutrient boost.
Grab what’s in the fridge!
If you have some leftover chicken and a few salad ingredients, Thai Chicken Rice Paper Rolls are quick and easy. Simply soak the rice paper in water for 30 seconds, fill and roll. Even easier is a Rice Noodle Salad – make a big batch and it will keep for a day or two.
Leftover meat from the Sunday roast can be popped in a wholemeal roll along with lettuce, cheese, a slice of tomato, and grated carrot for a tasty and filling sandwich.
If you need a healthy and convenient grab and go snack, Suckies pouches from The Collective are perfect!
Easy to pop into a lunchbox, or to grab one as you’re heading out the door, the special formulation is high in probiotics which makes it great for little, and not so little, tummies.
Suckies have no added sugar (unlike other kids yoghurt pouches). Instead, they’re sweetened with fruit and are available in 7 different flavours: Strawberry, Blueberry, Vanilla, Raspberry, Banana, Boysenberry, and Mango.
With a 4.5 Star rating, Suckies is a healthy lunchbox option that not only tastes absolutely delicious but is sure to have smiles all round. You can find Suckies in leading supermarkets nationwide.
If you have a few spare minutes while you’re cooking dinner keep the oven hot and make a batch of Bacon and Egg Mini Pies. For a less crumbly option you could make Bacon and Egg Cups. These can be eaten cold and are packed with protein.
If you’re cooking baked beans, reserve some for Mini Baked Bean Muffins as a great savoury lunchbox option with lots of protein. While you’re chopping the veg for dinner, pop some aside for Mini Capsicum Quiches. They’re simple to make thanks to a bread base instead of pastry. Add some chopped spinach for added vitamins and minerals.
Banana Bread is another easy snack and this recipe uses wholemeal flour for added fibre. You can reduce the amount of sugar if you like too. It will keep in the fridge for ages, or you could slice and pop in a container with small pieces of baking paper between them to make them free flow, then pop in the freezer.
For a wheat-free snack, Toasted Quinoa and Oat Bars are super tasty and can be stored in the fridge for more than a week. Add a drizzle of chocolate for extra appeal.
Other easy snacks on the go include hard boiled eggs, Nut-free Trail Mix, beans, carrot sticks, celery sticks, salami sticks, and crackers and cheese. If the kids like to dip their veggie sticks, add a small pottle of hummus.
Written by Robyn
Robyn creates content on Kidspot NZ. Her hobbies include buying cleaning products and wondering why things don’t then clean themselves, eating cheese scones with her friends, and taking her kids to appointments.
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