Why does it always seem like our kids get hungry as soon as they get into the car? And no matter what you offer them, it’s not what they want. Why not spend a little extra time making some healthy snacks to keep in your fridge or freezer to grab as you’re going out the door. Your kids will eat healthier and you might avoid those embarrassing tantrums in the check out aisle when you have to say no to that chocolate bar!
A Little Creativity Goes a Long Way
Sometimes the trick is to make a simple combination of foods fun to eat. Pairing some rice crisps or apple slices with nut butters like almond or cashew, or nut free ones made of pumpkin or sunflower seeds is easy. It’s what you put it in that makes it worth eating. Small, stackable or attachable containers filled with finger foods will thrill your little builders. They can make different combinations of snacks depending on what they like to eat together. Just make sure the containers are BPA-free. Some other foods that might work together: carrots and hummus, whole grain bread sticks with organic jams, mango spears with flavoured Greek yogurt or an assortment of dried fruits or whole grain crackers or granola clusters.
The Add to Anything Super Food
Orange Naturals ND Shake Kids is a plant protein based powdered formulation chock full of vitamins, minerals, greens, fruits and other high-quality nutrients. Add a scoop to your favourite muffin recipe and keep a batch in the freezer for a good on-the-go snack. Blend it up with some juice and frozen fruit for a nutritious travel drink.
Overnight Mason Jar Oatmeal
A healthy way to start your child’s day and the flavour combinations are practically endless. Here’s a basic recipe:
1/4 cup uncooked old fashioned rolled oats
1/3 cup almond or coconut milk
1/4 cup flavoured yogurt (whatever your child likes)
1 teaspoon Vanilla flavoured ND Shake Kids
1/2 teaspoon chia seeds
Put all ingredients into a one cup mason jar, attach lid and shake. Leave overnight in refrigerator and in the morning just grab the jar, a spoon and you’re good to go! The beauty of this recipe is that you can add whatever you like to it – fresh or dried chopped fruit, nut butters for flavour and honey or fresh fruit as a sweetener.
There’s something hilarious about kids not being able to tell the difference between popular sugary snacks and a healthier version you’ve whipped up yourself. Take crispy rice treats for example. Instead of marshmallows, butter and white rice cereal, try this version:
Healthy Gluten Free Crispy Rice Treats
3 cups brown rice cereal
1/2 cup brown rice syrup
1/2 cup almond or peanut butter
Warm brown rice syrup over medium heat. Remove, add in almond butter and stir until combined. Add rice cereal and place in an 8×8 greased pan and let set.
Wear Your Food
How awesome is a craft project and snack all rolled into one? Kids love making necklaces and wearing them too, so why not have them string on healthy multi-coloured cereals, pretzels, grapes, sliced string cheese and whatever else your creative minds can come up with, onto pieces of all fruit licorice laces? Pierce the grapes and cheese with a skewer first for easier threading. Your kids can practice their hand/eye coordination skills as they build their creations. They can simply tie the ends when they’re done and eat!
The Mighty Popcorn Ball
Whether you’re gearing up for a long road trip or just hopping in the car to go to grandma’s house, homemade popcorn balls always makes for a yummy treat. The great thing about them is you can add whatever you like to the mix and it will stick!
Here’s what you need for the basics:
1/2 cup popcorn kernels
1/2 cup maple syrup
3/4 cup brown rice syrup
1/4 teaspoon salt
Add-in ingredients like sunflower seeds, dried fruits, mini chocolate chips or chopped nuts Air pop the kernels in a popcorn maker. In a saucepan, heat maple syrup, brown rice syrup and salt, stirring constantly until mixture is a fine liquid. Pour the syrup mixture over the popcorn and your choice of extra ingredients and combine. Cool in fridge for 15 to 20 minutes. Remove, form into balls with wet fingers, place on parchment lined pan and chill. Store in airtight container when firm.