No Recipe Nutritious Snacks Ideas

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I bet we’ve all seen those amazingly complicated snacks that parents prepare for children, which require hours in the kitchen.

The fact is mums and dads are terribly busy, and though those snacks may look amazing, many people just don’t have the time.

So I thought I’d sort a list of quick nutritious snacks that require minimal preparation or can be easily bulk prepared before hand. These yummy, yet quick ideas will keep your kids satisfied without you reaching out for processed snacks and drinks!

  1. Fresh fruit (probably the quickest option)

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  2. Pure nut butter + toast
  3. Roasted nuts + dried fruit
  4. Veggie stalks (bell peppers, cucumber, carrots, celery) + hummus
  5. Yogurt + berries
  6. Cup of milk + cocoa powder (remember to choose the ones with no sugar)
  7. Cheese + crackers
  8. Oats + milk
  9. Cheese + toast
  10. Peas + corn + butter
  11. Fruit + Nut butter
  12. Boiled eggs (these can be pre-cooked and kept in the fridge for a few days) + salt & pepper OR soy sauce
  13. Smashed avocado + canned tuna + crackers
  14. Baked sweet potato chips
  15. Seaweed (try to get ones that aren’t flavoured to skip the sugar & flavourings)

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  16. Roasted chick peas or broad beans
  17. Popcorn (buy natural ones and slightly flavour them yourself w/ butter or salt)
  18. Fruit & yogurt popsicles
  19. Homemade fruit smoothie (bananas, dates, cooked sweet potato/pumpkin are all good natural sweeteners)
  20. Edamame beans (The frozen ones only need 2-3 minutes in the microwave and they taste great salted or eaten as they are)

 

If you have any other good suggestion, please comment and let me know!

-R.L.

Super Easy Banana Bread

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Getting kids involved in the kitchen is a great way for them to get to know new foods and fiddle around with them.

This banana bread is really easy to make and its sweetness comes purely from the bananas. Feel free to let the kids help out, and you can always change the toppings and flavours to open kids up to new textures and tastes.

Ingredients
50g wholewheat flour
50g almond meal (equal amounts of rye or wholewheat flour also works fine)
1 teaspoon  baking powder
1 medium ripe banana
2 eggs

Optional Add-ins
Berries
Nuts & seeds
Cocoa powder
Matcha powder
Ground cinnamon
Ground ginger
(the list is endless….)

Method
Preheat the oven to 180 Celsius. Line a small baking pan or an oven-proof container with baking paper.

Sift the flours, baking powder into a large bowl. If you’re planning you add some flavour, such as cocoa powder, do so now and mix well. In a separate bowl mash the banana with a fork, add the eggs, and beat them together.Add the wet ingredients to the flour and mix well.

Pour the mixture into the pan and even it out with a spoon or spatula. Top with nuts, fruits or anything you like and bake for 30 to 40 minutes, or until a skewer comes out clean.

Slightly cool it on a rack and enjoy warm.

Leftovers can be put in the fridge for a few days, but trust me, they won’t last that long.

-R.L.