July 11, 2017
Nannies and Parents, do you get the ‘I’m hungry’ after school from your children or charges? After a full day at school, it is expected for your children or charges to come home hungry.
Instead of reaching for those unhealthy, sugary snacks, try mixing it up a bit with a variety of healthy snacks for your child to munch on. It can be hard to know what snack is best to give that is suitable to be consumed before dinner. The last thing you want is for them to feel full and not want to eat their dinner that you have prepared.
Cooking and baking is lots of fun and an activity that most children enjoy. It is a fantastic way to encourage them to eat healthy and allows you to introduce them to some new foods. Cooking also provides you with an opportunity to introduce some new skills, for example, weighing/ measuring out the ingredients, reading along with the recipe and identifying the correct ingredients. These skills are perfect to understand and establish when children are young.
When children need energy fast, a snack plate is the perfect thing to create. A small plate of their favourite healthy snacks always go down a treat.
A few great snacks to include:
These snack options also work really well on the go. If you find that your child or charge is hungry as soon as they come out of school, prepare a few of these easy snacks and take them with you to the school gate. A quick and easy food fix.
If you find that your child is still hungry or is looking for something slightly more filling, have a go at making these quick and simple snacks, perfect to fill a hole:
Fruit kebabs are fun, easy and healthy snacks that children love. Simply choose from a selection of different fruit, cut it into small, bite size chunks and let your child have a go a creating their own fruit kebab. Perfect treats to make that are not time consuming and are hassle free. A great way to encourage children to eat fruit by letting them get involved. Add some excitement to your kebabs by offering some yoghurt, honey or even chocolate dips on the side. This might be added as a special treat on a Friday to celebrate the end of the week.
A great snack to make after school with your children or charge. There are so many recipes available for you to choose form. The main ingredients include: butter, brown sugar, golden syrup and porridge oats. Adding extra’s to your flapjacks including, dried fruit, nuts or seeds can make a special addition to them.
Mini omelettes are the perfect snack to create and enable you to use up any vegetables. Simply whisk up some egg, add your chosen vegetables, pour the mixture into a muffin tin and bake. Extras (cheese) may also be added if desired. the great thing about these is you are able to store any leftovers in the fridge for up to a week.
A new spin on an apple. A great way to encourage children to eat fruit is by disguising it by turning it into a crisp. Simply slice up an apple, space it out onto a baking tray lined with parchment paper and cook in the oven. Prior to putting in the oven add some cinnamon to give a dash of spice. These can take a little while to cook in the oven, so it might be a good idea to make a batch at the weekend ready to be served after school. They are perfect to store in an air tight container and keep in the cupboard as simple snacks.
Written by Emily Martin for Harmony at Home Limited. All Rights Reserved, 2017