Is it bad to admit I’m a bit over feeding my kids? Sure I’m grateful to have healthy, energetic children with good appetites, but sometimes I run out of ideas and sometimes I feel like we’re running out of food! I try to avoid giving them prepared snacks and too much packaged foods, to cut down on costs as well as for their health, but it can be challenging keeping up with the constant demand of “I’m Hungry!” Which means whatever I feed them there is going to be some preparation involved.
So, I’ve put together a list of simple snack and meal ideas. My kids are 1 and 4 years old, with no allergies and intolerances, but I thought I’d share my list, and if anyone has anything they could suggest to add to this list that would be awesome!
Sometimes I think I might over complicate things and a piece of fruit is a perfectly acceptable snack with very little preparation required – wash and cut if necessary, then hand to child. Done.
Some that are nice raw are carrot sticks, cucumber, celery, broccoli heads, snow peas and beans. Our 1 year old can’t have raw carrot sticks but she’ll eat grated carrot.
Corn, carrot, sweet potato etc cooled and kept in the fridge or freezer in zip lock bags or containers.
Tinned or frozen fruit and vegetables
Things like tinned beans, corn or fruit, or frozen peas and berries.
Bean sprouts, alfalfa sprouts. I’m thinking about getting seeds so they can see them grow also.
We buy natural or greek yoghurt with no added sugar in the big tubs then divide into smaller containers rather than buying the small pots of flavoured yoghurt which are more expensive and often full of sugar.
Grated, cubed or sticks.
Scrambled eggs, poached or boiled eggs, shell them and keep them in the fridge until needed.
Use wholemeal or wholegrain bread, and rather than sugary or salty spreads, try mashed banana, avocado, cream/cottage cheese, or grated apple or Carrot. Don’t be afraid to mix it up a bit!
Either using cut veggies or maybe shredded Lebanese bread, dips like salsa, tzatziki or hummus are tasty, and even healthier if they’re home made!
Muffins, slices, biscuits, cakes, bread – can also be cooked in large batches and frozen for later.
What do your children like to eat?