Our Favourite Nutritious Snacks for Growing Children

Little people have little tummies but that doesn’t mean that they don’t need lots of nutrition! Because their tummies are small, it is often necessary (but not essential!) to provide snacks to our kids between their meals to make sure that they get all of the nutrition they need to grow and develop. So, what to provide?

What are our top nutritious snacks for growing children?

Fresh fruit

Encourage your children to explore a range of different types of fruits such as berries, citrus, melons etc as each different type of fruit will offer unique nutrients

Fresh vegetables

As with fruit, always try to mix up the types of vegetables provided such as cooked or raw options and always think about it in terms of colours! The more colours, the more nutrients!

Vegetables can be eaten on their own or for something even more nutritious, consider having them with some dip such as hummus.

Another great vegetable option is tinned legumes like chickpeas, kidney beans, four bean mix, baked beans etc which are vegetables which are also chock full of protein and fibre!

Dairy foods

A cup of milk, a pot of yogurt (ideally unsweetened), a bowl of custard (see our recipe in the village!) or slices of cheese with crackers

Bliss balls/Protein balls

For older children, try some bliss balls/protein balls packed with nuts and seeds. There are so many different ones to make. Let the kids help rolling these up before letting them set in the fridge.

My favourite recipe is a cashew, lemon and coconut bliss balls!!

  • 1 cup of raw cashews
  • 1 cup of desiccated coconut
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • juice of ½ lemon

Mix all of the above ingredients together in a food processor until crumbly but still holds together (~ 30 seconds on medium speed)

Roll them up, coat with coconut and pop in the fridge for ~ 1 hour to set and then enjoy!

Home Baked Treats

Mini pikelets (see the recipe here) or muffins made using fresh or frozen fruit to sweeten and wholegrain flours for a boost of fibre.

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