Top 5 Lunchbox Snacks
As the new school year starts, packed lunches are of primary importance. To give you a little inspiration on how to make your children’s lunches both healthy and interesting, we’ve listed our top 5 healthy, homemade, lunchbox snacks, that are also great for you to take to work.
Homemade snacks can be a great alternative to shop bought varieties, which are often packed with added sugar and artificial preservatives, and can also come with a hefty price tag. These snacks are also completely nut free, as most schools have a nut-free policy, so bear that in mind when you pack your little one’s lunches.
Flapjacks are always a great idea to put in your child’s lunchbox, as they provide a good amount of energy that will keep them going throughout the day. They are incredibly versatile and can be made using any ingredients you wish, meaning that even the fussiest of eaters will be satisfied with them. You could add raisins, seeds, and nuts (if your child’s school allows).
Melted dairy-free chocolate drizzled on top makes for a delicious addition to flapjacks, or stir Moo Free chocolate chips into the mix for an added treat.
2. Roasted Chickpeas
Roasted chickpeas are a great savoury snack to include in lunches and are ideal for the whole family to take to work or school with them. There are hundreds of recipes online that all use different tips and tricks to get the perfect batch of roasted chickpeas – whether it’s waiting until they’ve been in the oven to coat with seasonings, or peeling the skin off the chickpeas, just get experimenting to find your preferred method.
For a smoky flavour, combine salt, black pepper, smoked paprika, oregano and cayenne pepper; or, if you’re feeling creative, try a mix of your favourite seasonings.
3. Fruit Leather
Making fruit leather is a time consuming process, but it’s a great way to get your kids to eat some extra fruit and can make the most of your over-ripe leftovers, avoiding them going to waste. Fruits that are most commonly used include strawberries, raspberries, peaches, plums and mango, but any fruit you can get your hands on will work. Once made, keep the fruit leather in a sealed container in the fridge, and use up ideally within a week.
4. Chocolate Dipped Fruit
Another great way to get your kids to eat fruit is by dipping pieces half into chocolate.
Mandarin segments, grapes and strawberries are all great choices as they don’t need to be peeled and they won’t oxidise, like slices of apple, for example. Try it out with any fruit that takes your fancy, and for an added bit of decoration, sprinkle some vegan hundreds and thousands on top. These are quick and easy to make, and you can even get the kids involved.
Houmous is a great dip to include in kid’s lunches, and it’s easy to make at home.
There are lots of different variations and recipes to follow, so you can make it with your children’s favourite veggies. Beetroot makes a lovely, vibrant purple houmous; use peas for a bright green, or pumpkin for an autumnal take on the dip. Pop some into an airtight tub with some fresh veg sticks, for a yummy, healthy snack.