Food, Toddler Snacks

Healthy lunch and snack options for your kids

Being home with the kids is hectic, between homeschooling, freelancing, blogging and trying to keep the kids from murdering each other, I try to keep lunch and snacks low-key. I cannot take the thought of cooking two meals a day so supper it is.

Look, it’s a balancing act most days. Some days they have WAY too much sugar. Do these days happen to be the ones where I am exhausted and probably on deadline? Maybe. But I can’t feel guilty about it because I legit don’t have the time for it.

But, I do try to stuff in as many healthy things when it comes to their lunch and snacks.

Sandwiches and wraps

Sandwiches and wraps are probably the Number One lunchtime meal around these parts. The kids are not great fans of bread that have wholewheat seeds in them so I try for a low GI something. Fillings are usually: chicken, tuna cheese, salt & sugar free peanut butter, laughing cow cheese spread and sometimes jam (although I never offer it, I don’t say no if The Munchkin asks).

Fruit and veggies

They always get a side of fruit with their lunch so the usuals like bananas, apples and naartjie segments but I love summer for the variety of fruits that we get. Watermelon, mangoes, litchis, strawberries, plums, peaches, grapes, and sweet melon are favourites.

Rushdi like snacking on carrots as a snack and I’m still trying to convince them about cucumbers and tomatoes.

Cheesy broccoli bites are great as a stand alone snack or as a side with lunch.

cheesy broccoli bites snack

Pic credit: Super Healthy Kids

 

Cheesy broccoli bite recipe

Chicken nuggets and fish fingers

 


Sometimes the ones that come out of a box because it’s snot going to kill them but I do try to bake them rather than frying to reduce the oiliness. I do try to make homemade chicken nuggets sometimes. They’re really quick to make but even so, if we have them for lunch they tend to be leftovers from supper.

I use this basic recipe but I add some spice to the chicken and then some cheese to the nugget mixture.

Homemade chicken nugget recipe

Smoothies

Another great way to get fruit into them is smoothies but I tell them it’s milkshake because it’s only half a lie. Our favourite combos are:

Peanut Butter and Banana

  • 1 banana, broken up
  • 2 teaspoons salt & sugar free peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon honey (skip this if you’re using regular peanut butter)
  • 1 cup of millk

Blitz all the ingredients together. Add more milk if it’s too thick.

Berry

  • 1 cup fresh or frozen berries
  • 1/2 cup natural yoghurt
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon honey

Blitz all the ingredients together. Add more milk of it’s too thick.

Strawberry and banana

  • 1/2 cup fresh or frozen strawberries.
  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 1 teaspoon honey

Blitz all the ingredients together. Add more milk if it’s too thick.

Homemade Popsicles

I am so sad that my Zoku Quick Pop Maker broke because it’s perfect for summer days when the Munchkin decides that he wants a popsicle but there’s nothing in the fridge.

I often use one of the smoothie recipes and just make it a bit runnier so it’s easy to pour in our popsicle moulds. 

snack zoku pop

Banana and peanut butter ice cream

  • 1 frozen banana cut in slices
  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter
  • milk to thin in out

Pour into popsicle moulds or into a freezer safe container.

*Also, please know that my son has become Americanised and says popsicle instead of sucker.

Muffins

Muffins are another favourite around here. It’s another way I get to sneak in fruits and vegetables – are you guys noticing a pattern here? I usually bake on a Sunday and we’e sorted for most of the week. My Lovely Little Lunchbox is my favourite site for healthy, wholesome and kid-friendly recipes.

Anyways here are a few of my go-to muffin recipes:

Chocolate banana muffins 
Mighty morning muffin
Savoury muffins
Zucchini, corn and cheese muffins 

Hope you found some great lunch and snack options for your kids. Also let me know in the comments if you have any easy and healthy lunch options or snacks that I can add to my list.

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4 Comments

  1. Nikki

    January 29, 2018 at 2:31 pm

    Super cheesy muffins are my go-to for easy snacks. This weekend I made mini tuna fish cakes in the muffin tray and it took about 5 mins but now Gracie has yummy, healthy snacks for the whole week.

    1. Zayaan Schroeder

      January 29, 2018 at 8:35 pm

      Yay for making snacks ahead of time. Also, cheesy frittatas are a good one.

  2. stephanie

    January 29, 2018 at 9:17 pm

    Thanks for the ideas, was kind of loosing my mind finding healthy snacks for my girls

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