It’s important for kids to have a healthy and balanced diet when it comes to food, but it’s also understandably difficult for nurseries to feed upwards of 20 children in one setting and to not resort to convenience. What is sometimes overlooked is the fact that convenience can also be healthy and nutritious. We’ve put together two lists, one of quick and easy healthy snack recipes that you can make relatively quickly, and some snacks that take a little more time but are worth the final delicious result.
The quicker, easier recipes:
Easy Fruit Salad - A classic but still so tasty, and only 95 calories per serving! You should get 6 servings out of this recipe.
* 2 Apples
* 3 plums
* 3 peaches
* 50 Grapes
* Roughly 350ml of pineapple juice or a similar fruit juce
1. Chop all the fruits up and take any pips out
2. Put all the chopped fruit in a big bowl and pour your juice of choice over it all
3. Toss the salad so all the fruits absorb the flavour and serve up!
Apple Peanut Butter Sandwiches - A cool twist on the normal peanut butter apple slice, coming out to exactly 200 calories per sandwich. This recipe should make about 16 sandwiches.
* 90 grams of rolled oats
* 2 tablespoons of ground flax seed
* 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
* 2 tablespoons of orange juice
* 2 tablespoons of honey
* 1 tablespoon of brown sugar
* 1 teaspoon of vegetable oil
* 40 grams of raisins
* ½ a teaspoon of vanilla extract
* 4 apples
* 85 grams of peanut butter
1. Preheat the oven to 150 degrees Celcius
2. Combine the oats, flax seeds and cinnamon in a small bowl
3. Put the orange juice, brown sugar and honey in saucepan over medium heat and stir until the sugar is dissolved
4. Remove the honey mixture from the heat and add the oil and vanilla extract
5. Now pour the honey mixture over the oats and make sure they are all coated well
6. Spread the mixture out over a baking tray and put it in the oven for 20 minutes
7. When the mixture is golden brown, take it out and when it is cool mix the raisins in
8. From there, just core the apples, slice em up, and stuff them full with the delicious honey granola mixture and peanut butter!
Rice Cake Pizza - Such a fun way to sneak all those delicious fruits into a ‘pizza’! And
with only 55 calories per serving. You should get 4-6 mini pizzas out of the recipe below.
* 125 grams of Greek yoghurt
* 2 tablespoons of natural peanut butter
* 1 tablespoon of honey
* Rice cakes for the base
* Any fruit assortment you like; strawberries, bananas, blueberries etc.
1. Mix all the yoghurt, peanut butter and honey together in a bowl
2. Spread the mix over a rice cake and lay the fruit on top - Then tuck into the healthiest of pizzas!
Chocolate and Vanilla Ice Pops - A 4 ingredient, healthy alternative to ice lollies in the summer, at 54 calories per each small ice pop. The recipe should serve just over 8.
* 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder
* 2 teaspoons of sweetener or sugar
* 350 grams of vanilla yoghurt
* 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
1. Put the cocoa powder, half the sweetener and 3 tablespoons of water in a bowl and mix it all up
2. Put the yoghurt in another bowl and stir in all the remaining sweetener
3. Swirl the cocoa powder mixture into the vanilla mixture and pour into an ice-lolly mould
4. Place the ice-lollies in the freezer and then they should be ready for devouring after at least 24 hours in the freezer!
Carrot Chips with Parmesan - These healthy alternatives to chips will look and taste even better than the original at 79 calories per serving. This recipe serves about 4 people.
* 450 grams of carrots
* 2 teaspoons of oil
* ½ a teaspoon of salt & pepper
* 2 tablespoons of basil, chopped
* 3 tablespoons of grated parmesan
1. Preheat the oven to 230 degrees Celcius
2. Peel the carrots and cut them into long thin chip shapes
3. Toss all the carrot slice in a bowl full of the oil and salt and pepper
4. Place the carrots on a baking tray and bake for about 12-15 minutes or until they look browned
5. When they are done, take them out and sprinkle them with fresh basil and parmesan and dig in.
The next few are a bit more involved recipes, but with tasty results:
Baked Apples - Another sweet way to liven up the normal apple snack, tasty and easy. Only 132 calories per serving, this recipe will perfectly serve 4.
* 4 apples
* 4 tablespoons of any dried fruit of your choosing
* 4 teaspoons of demerara sugar
* 1 teaspoon cinnamon
1. Preheat the oven to 175 degrees celsius
2. Scoop the core out from each apple, and score the skin on the outside to stop them from bursting when they’re in the oven
3. Stuff each apple with 1 teaspoon of sugar and 1 teaspoon of dried fruit
4. Place all the halved apples in a baking dish and sprinkle cinnamon over them
5. Place the apples in the oven and bake for 15-30 minutes or until the sugar starts to caramelise
6. Serve either on their own or with a bit of custard!
Granola Muffin Bites - Like a granola bar but bite sized! 87 calories in each small bite. This recipe should make 24 mini bites (depending on the size of tray you use)
* 128 grams of flour
* 70 grams of each of these: Sunflower Seeds, flax seeds, shredded coconut, golden raisins
* 135 grams of oats
* 112 grams of brown sugar
* ½ teaspoon of baking soda
* ½ a teaspoon of salt
* 115 grams of butter
* 85 grams of honey
1. Preheat the oven to 176 degrees Celcius
2. Add all the dry ingredients together and whisk them up
3. Add the melted butter and honey to the dry mixture and combine
4. Then add all of the sunflower seeds, flax seeds, coconut and raisins to the mixture and combine again
5. The mixture then will be ready to put into the greased muffin tin and can go in the oven for about 12-15 minutes or until golden brown.
Overnight Pancakes - An easy 2 step process, leave them overnight then make them up in the morning. The recipe should make 4 and has 155 calories in each.
* 175 grams of yoghurt
* 35 grams of porridge oats
* 2 eggs, beaten
* 2 teaspoons of sugar
* Olive oil for when they are ready for frying
1. Combine the oats and yoghurt together and leave overnight in the fridge
2. In the morning, mix your eggs and sugar into the yoghurt mixture
3. Heat the oil in a pan and cook each pancake for 2-3 minutes and then enjoy!
Cinnamon Orange Animal Crackers - This one will take some time, but the result will definitely be tasty and adorable. Roughly 126 calories in 10 crackers - this recipe makes about 40 crackers.
* 240 grams flour
* ½ a teaspoon of the following: baking powder, cinnamon, vanilla extract
* ¼ teaspoon salt
* 115 grams of unsalted butter
* 170 grams sugar
* 1 large egg, beaten
* 2 tablespoons milk
* Orange zest
* And of course animal cracker cookie cutters, or regular ones
1. Preheat the oven to 176 degrees Celcius
2. Put the flour, salt and baking powder in a bowl and whisk together
3. In another bowl, mix the butter and sugar together until fluffy
4. Add the milk, egg, vanilla and orange zest into the sugar mixture
5. Slowly incorporate the flour mixture into the sugar mixture
6. Shape the dough into 2 flats discs and refrigerate for at least 1hr, or 24 hrs if needed
7. Flour your work surface and roll the dough to about an eighth of an inch thick
8. Cut out any shapes you have at hand and put on a baking tray. Place them in the oven and bake for about 7-10 minutes, until slightly brown.
Gooseberry Sorbet - Yet another easy healthy summer alternative, only 3 ingredients and 45 calories in a serving. This recipe will serve about 4.
* 350 grams of gooseberries (alternatively you can use another type of berry)
* 4 tablespoons of water
* Elderflower cordial to taste
1. Chop all the ends off of the gooseberries
2. Simmer the gooseberries in the water over the hob
3. Blend the simmered gooseberries and water until smooth
4. Add the elderflower cordial, as much as you would like
5. Freeze the sorbet and serve whenever ready!