Back To School: Healthy Lunch Snacks & Recipe Ideas
It’s officially a new school year! And with a new school year comes that time again when little ones need a packed lunch box. We all know that getting kids & children to eat healthily can be difficult, so finding interesting ways to incorporate healthy foods into their diet is really important. With that in mind, check out these super-healthy (and super-easy) to make creative snacks and lunch box recipes for kids and children returning to school!
1. Celery Snails & Caterpillars
Packed with flavour, colour and lots of fun, these healthy Celeryy Snails and Caterpillars are the perfect packed lunch box snack or after school food for kids. These are a simple & effective way to encourage your little one to eat fruit and vegetables with ease, and hopefully without them even noticing!
For the Snails:
Peanut butter or cream cheese, at room temperature
For the Caterpillars:
- Celery stalks
- Peanut butter or cream cheese, at room temperature
- grape tomatoes
- Candy eyes
- Celery or radish matchsticks
For the Snails: Fill celery stalks with peanut butter or cream cheese and top with an apple, orange, kiwi, cucumber or tomato slice shell and a cashew head. Use peanut butter or cream cheese to glue on candy eyes. For the Caterpillars: Fill celery stalks with peanut butter or cream cheese and top with grapes, blueberries or grape tomatoes for the body and head. Use peanut butter or cream cheese to glue on candy eyes and celery or radish matchstick for antennae.
Head on over to Tesco now to fill up your shopping basket with fruit & vegetable goodies to start making your very own version of this healthy snack.
2. Apple Sprinkle Doughnuts
Which child doesn’t love doughnuts?! This healthy-spin on a traditionally unhealthy food makes eating fruit that much easier (and tastier), for little ones.
- 350 g cream cheese, softened, cut into thirds
- 2 tsp. Honey
- 90 g melted chocolate
- 2 drops pink food colouring
- 3 apples
- Assorted sprinkles, for decorating
Divide cream cheese among three small bowls. In one bowl, add 1 teaspoon honey. Get a second bowl and add melted chocolate into it. And for the final bowl, add the remaining 1 teaspoon of honey and pink food colouring. Stir each bowl together until combined. And lastly, slice-up the apples and use a biscuit or cookie cutter to hollow out the centres. Spread the mixtures on apple slices and top with sprinkles.
Asda has all the ingredients you’ll need to make your very own home-made Apple Sprinkle Doughnuts. And what’s more, don’t forget the colourful sprinkles as the perfect finishing touch!
3. Fruit Owl-Face Rice Cakes
Kids love to make things, so why not get them to help create their very own Fruit Owl-Face Rice Cakes which are perfect for their packed lunch boxes. Furthermore, they’re simple and really easy to make, plus they’re super yummy for little ones who enjoy good and healthy food snacks!
- Rice cakes
- 1 Banana
- 4 tablespoon peanut butter, all-natural
- 1 cup blueberries
- 1medium apple
- 1 medium carrot
- 1 cup cereal, Cheerios
Layout rice cakes on a baking sheet ( this will keep the mess in one area!) Secondly, slice the banana and set aside. Spread peanut butter over each rice cake and then place 2 slices of banana towards the upper part of each of the rice cakes. This will serve as your owl’s eyes. Dab a small amount of peanut butter on the centre of the owl’s eyes and add blueberry for the pupil of the eye. Slice apple in half and then slice the halves into very thin wedges (⅛ inch thick). Place 2 onto each rice cake, (peel side outward) to serve as the owl’s wings. Peel the carrot and slice thinly. Using 4 slices, cut into triangles for the nose. Lastly, add some Cheerios for feathers between the wings!
Iceland Foods stock a great range of delicious fresh and frozen fruits, plus all the other ingredients that you’ll need to make your own funny-face rice cakes. Who said that cooking has to be boring!
4. Sweet & Delicious Energy Ball Lollipops
It’s vital that little ones have enough energy during school time in order to learn lots and stay focused throughout the day. Homemade energy balls are a healthy & delicious snack treat for kids who want a little pick-me-up during lunch or snack time. In addition to this, these sweet & healthy treats are a great alternative to fizzy energy drinks or other bad foods.
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 1/2 cup peanut butter (or another nut butter)
- 2 tbsp ground flaxseed
- 2 tbsp honey
- 2 tbsp desiccated coconut
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/3 cup chocolate chips
Place all the ingredients except the chocolate chips in a large bowl and mix until well combined. Fold in the chocolate chips. Roll the mixture into bite-sized balls. Refrigerate for 1 hour to allow them to firm up, place a small straw or cake pop stick into each energy bite and serve. Lastly, the energy bites will keep in the fridge for up to 4 days which is great!
Shop online at Morrisons now to get all the ingredients you’ll need for making your own batch of the delicious energy ball lollipops. And what’s more, shop you can from a selection of colourful straws too as a fun decoration for the lollipops!