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29 Apr, 2014

This blog post about healthy snacks is the product of two things happening in close succession.

1. I bought Sarah Wilson’s book, I Quit Sugar, on a whim because I liked the cover

2. I turned a corner and learnt to cope with Reuben as a fussy eater

These healthy snacks are things that I know Reuben will like and are actually likely to form part (or all!) of his breakfast, lunches and dinners. Because of this, I’ve been looking for healthy snack that pack a bit more of a punch – more protein and nutrients, and less sugar! So many of the recipes come from the I Quit Sugar blog.

But if you’re kid is a fan of food, these recipes should be handy, healthy little ideas for your morning or afternoon snacks!

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10 Healthy Snacks for kids

1. Nut butter on toast with fruit.

So simple! I use Almond Butter or Cashew Butter, rather than peanut. Feels slightly healthier!

I think because of the “when should you give your kid peanuts” thing people can be put off from giving their kids nuts at all. I’ve been giving Reuben almond butter for ages and some days it’s the only bit of protein he’s eaten!

2. Pop corn and Almond crunch

Making pop corn is great fun to do with kids, and adding a bit of almond makes it even healthier fun – an activity and snack rolled into one. I like it!

3. Sugar-free Chocolate Hobnobs

An oaty, suger-free spin on the originals, complete with a dark chocolate layer should you wish. I’m not a fan of giving Reuben too much chocolate but I think a little smear on one of these wouldn’t do any harm!

4. Banana Cupcakes

These cupcakes do have fructose from honey and banana but they really aren’t that sweet at all, so they are still a hit in our house as an afternoon snack or pudding!

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Banana cupcakes

5. Sweet Potato and 5 Spice Muffin

Reuben loves cakey things so hiding veg in muffins is a great way to get him to eat more of it!

6. Courgette Lunchbox Bread

Similarly, Reuben also loves bread so this is another way to hide the veg! This is the kind of thing that could also accompany scrambled eggs for breakfast or some soup for lunch.

7. Zest and Poppy Cookies

They look great – easy to make into fun shapes using cutters and if you add a bit of cream cheese or nut butter, you’re on your way to a really healthy snack or packed lunch!

8. Sugar-Free Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups

As a treat these peanut butter cups are totally up my street. I just love the combination of sweet and salty. Yum all the way!

9. Easy Pancake Recipe

Again, this has fructose from banana but that’s it and they’re a real hit in this house with all of us. They only use 4 ingredients and can be packed into tupperware for healthy snacks later.

10. Cheese and Courgette Muffins

As with the sweet potato muffins and courgette bread, this is just another way to hopefully get some veg into the boy! Served warm with butter, they’re are basically like cheese scones. Yum all round!

We had a go at making some today…expect a lot of mess but Reuben loved the mixing!

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 I think it needs a little something else…a bit of orange perhaps?

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Do excuse the mess in the kitchen around Reuben… I’m not a tidy chef!

What are your favourite healthy snacks? Do leave your comments below!

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