Cheat Sheet: 20 no-brainer after-school snacks
For those who struggle daily with the question “what’s to eat?”, I give you this super-handy, tried-and-tested snack cheat sheet.
Be really efficient by printing it out and popping it on the fridge for emergency food moments. These suggestions work well in the dreaded lunch box also.
Once all are settled and happily grazing, pour yourself a sneaky Chard and enjoy the smug feeling that comes with being utterly organised. Nice work legend!
- Guacamole or hummus with vegetable crudités or natural corn chips.
- Apple slices with organic peanut butter. Make it easy for them by spooning the peanut butter into the bottom of a cup and standing the wedges upright in it.
- Berries with natural or Greek yogurt with a dash of Maple Syrup. The sweetness gets them every time.
- Fistful of almonds. Older kids love them.
- Edamame. Snap, pop and swallow. Yum.
- Whole fruit – banana, apple, peach, nectarine et al. Obvious I know, but there is no better, or easier, snack-to-eat.
- Homemade popcorn – simply pop kernels in a paper bag, throw in the microwave for 2 minutes and voila! Add a dash of sea salt. No oil or butter required.
- Hard-boiled egg and sea salt.
- Cheese and crackers. Even a little left over Brie goes down well here.
- Watermelon and cheese – a stellar combo – try it!
- Crumpets with homemade cinnamon butter. Combine 100gm organic butter, 1 teaspoon of cinnamon, 2 teaspoons of honey and whiz into a smooth butter.
- DIY trail mix: dried apricots, seeds, cranberries and cacao nibs.
- Cookie sandwiches: Grill ham and cheese on wholemeal bread and make fun shapes with quirky cookie cutters.
- Organic brown rice cakes topped with banana, raw almond butter and cinnamon.
- Frozen seedless grapes and mandarin segments (sans pips).
- Honeydew melon, mint and ice blended together into a smoothie. A fantastically, low-sugar, addictive combination.
- Organic peanut butter and strawberry sandwich – yes really. Don’t try it or you’ll wind up eating it.
- Kale chips baked in coconut oil with sea salt. Sometimes I make these as a pre-dinner snack. Add Chinese 5 spice for a Samboy BBQ chip flavour.
- Roasted sweet potato wedges with natural yogurt seasoned with paprika. It looks deceptively naughty.
- Smashed avocado on toast with a squeeze of lemon (vitamin c) and a dash of sea salt.