I don’t know about you but my kids are always hungry, must be something to do with growing I guess… We can’t leave the house for longer than 10 minutes before the word ‘snack’ is mentioned. In the past I’ve opted for convenient pre-made snacks you can buy at the supermarket, but when you’re counting the pennies, you soon realise you’re paying a premium for something you could easily make yourself at home. The price you pay for exchanging pre-made with homemade is time, but there’s something deeply satisfying about taking a little bit of extra care over things which ultimately save you money and reduce the consumption of packaging and waste.
I use stainless steel containers from U-Konserve which are easy to wash, keep food cold and are environmentally friendly. We bought ours from The Wise House which stocks a range of sizes and shapes from lunch boxes to soup canisters and little pots that fit in your handbag. There are plenty of wholesome and nutritious snacks to choose from that travel well in these containers. Here are a few ideas of what you could fill yours with:
- Green pitted olives
- Nuts and seeds, we love pecans and almonds
- Dried mango (or any dried fruit for that matter). I buy large bags of dried fruit and keep them in old jam jars in the cupboard
- Cheese cubes
- A slice of banana bread or a flapjack – I tend to make something sweet and wholesome using up over ripe fruit once a week to have on hand
- Seasonal berries
- Slices of apple – squeeze a little lemon juice over them to stop them from browning
- Natural Greek yoghurt, you can either do it plain or stir a little raw honey in – the U-Konserve mini pots are great for single servings of yoghurt
What are your favourite homemade snacks for kids? Feel free to share your recipes or ideas.