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Posted On: 29 May, 2017

18 speedy snack ideas for constantly hungry kids

“But I’m hungry now!” Sound familiar? Step this way…


If history has taught us anything it’s that 7am is not the optimum time of the day for coming up with creative snack ideas.
Go forth armed with these recipes and there will be no lunch or snack time situation that you can’t handle.
Warning: we can’t promise you won’t want to dive into them too.

BAKED APPLE CRISPS

Apple crisp snack idea

Choosing the right packet of crisps is one of life’s occasional challenges, after all each and every flavour is special in its own way. Rising up as a champion of the snacks and rivaling the potato is the humble apple. Perfect for autumn when they’re everywhere, these apple crisp beauties couldn’t be simpler to make.

MANGO FRUIT ROLL-UPS

Mango fruit roll ups
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If your kids have an enduring passion for all things fruity and chewy, these mango fruit roll-ups could be your saviour. These babies have only one ingredient: mango. Oh and you only need an oven. You can thank us later.

GRANOLA BROWNIE BARS

Brownie granola snack bars

Seven ingredients and no baking? Yes, please. Naturally sweet from the dates and honey, these snack bars have all the chocolaty goodness of your average brownie, but with no flour, refined sugar or butter.

STRAWBERRY YOGHURT BARK

Strawberry yoghurt bark recipe

Yes, you’ve probably had chocolate bark before but have you tried it with yoghurt? With just two ingredients, yoghurt has never looked so good to little ones in the grips of hunger. All bark, all bite.

FRUIT AND DATE NUT BREAD KEBABS

Fruit kebabs make a great snack

kebab, in the afternoon. Really. Channel your inner Nigella and whip up a fruit and nut loaf on the weekend. Cut it up into sizeable chunks and slice up whatever fruit you have lying around. Come Monday afternoon, you’ll be met with easy spearing and serving. Genius.

SALAD IN A JAR

Salad in a jar

The trick to getting kids to eat more salad? Letting them build their own. A fun, colourful presentation (and some chicken) never hurt anyone, either. The mason jar salad is here to solve all of your snack time problems.

FROZEN YOGHURT COVERED BLUEBERRIES

Frozen blueberries

Pop these blueberries bites in the freezer for an hour and then let yourself get overrun with yoghurt goodness. That is all.

WHITE BEAN HUMMUS

White bean hummus

A little bit nutty, a little bit smooth, just add batons of cucumber, carrot and red pepper for a quick and easy snack idea. When it comes to this white bean hummus, double dipping is advised here.

PRESSED ITALIAN SANDWICHES

pressed italian sandwiches

This is really just your normal sandwich that has been squashed down and refrigerated for 6 hours – hello extra few precious minutes in bed. This genius concoction involves cheese and Italian cold meats (whichever children will eat). Just make sure you grab one for yourself as you rush out of the door.

BEAN AND RICE WRAP BENTO

bean and rice wrap bento snack box

Bento boxes aren’t just about sushi you know. Pack a wholesome wrap with beans, rice and spinach, and nestle in lunchboxes alongside carrot sticks and fruit. Lunch is so much more than just a meal, especially when you’re a kid at school.

MINI FRITTATAS

mini frittatas

Frittatas come to the rescue in many eating situations, especially when you’ve got leftover vegetables. Whip together eggs, ham, spinach, corn, cheese and, voila, you’ve got yourself a packed lunch or afternoon snack right there. You don’t even have to cut these up. Phew.

5 INGREDIENTS PASTA SALAD

5 ingredient pasta salad

Move over cheese sarnies, this is as easy to make and more envy-inducing. All you need is five ingredients (yes, you read that right) to take the humble pasta salad up a notch.

TERIYAKI CHICKEN MEATBALLS

teriyaki chicken meatballs

“Meatballs for lunch”, the three words that are sure to delight any child. Covered in a sweet soy sauce, serve with sticky rice and seasonal greens for a lunch you’ll also want to take to the office.

CHEESE AND VEGEMITE (OR MARMITE) ROLLS

cheese and marmite snack rolls

One simple step to improve your rolls? Marmite. Could there be a more perfect combination than the tang of the black stuff with a good grating of Cheddar cheese? The answer you are looking for is no. This is most appropriate to eat at all times of the day.

NUTELLA SWIRLED BANANA BREAD

nutella banana bread

If there was ever was ever a contest to decide once and for all the best baked good of all time, banana bread might just come out on top: fluffy, comforting, sweet (but not too sweet), it’s like a giant hug in food form. Nutella has been swirled into the mix here for extra bonus points.

HAM AND CHEESE OWL SARNIES

Owl shaped ham and cheese sandwiches

Don’t dismiss this as someone who has too much time on their hands. These ham and cheese owls even have us reassessing our office lunch.

THE BENTO BOX

Bento snack box

Who knew you could transform an egg into a rabbit lounging around on a bed of lettuce under the night sky (otherwise known as black rice)? This Bento box is a fast track to making your kid the coolest on the school canteen block.

MAPLE-SWEETENED BANANA MUFFINS

maple banana muffins

This banana muffin knows how to brush off a crummy day and make it feel like a distant memory. They’re fluffy, whole grain and made with a basic mix of mashed bananas, oats, coconut oil, maple syrup, vanilla and cinnamon (plus a few binding ingredients) in one bowl. Yes, one bowl.


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