School days are long for little learners and they are usually ravenous by the time you pick them up. So ward off hangry tantrums with a few of these nutritious suggestions to keep their tummies topped up until dinner.
Fruity yogurt pots
These yogurt pots are fun for kids and you use any kids of fruit to create colour combinations. You can also make them in advance to keep in the fridge ready for after school
- Use any kind of tupperware pot, old jam jar or a small drinking glass (if your child is old enough to use this safely)
- Start by creating a layer of fruit using your child’s favourite. This could be pieces of tinned fruit (fruit in juice rather than syrup if possible), slices of chopped banana, pear, apple, berries or cubes of melon.
- Next add a layer of sugar free granola or muesli
- Top with plain natural or greek yogurt
Homemade tortilla chips and hummus
It’s surprisingly easy to make your own tortilla chips and they make a far better alternative to shop bought crisps which tend to be really salty.
- Preheat your grill to a medium setting
- Cut up a couple of tortilla wraps into triangles and lay on a baking tray, give a small spray of oil or brush lightly with vegetable oil. Sprinkle lightly with paprika and pop under the grill, turning over once they’ve started to lightly colour on one side.
- Word of warning! The tortilla chips will brown very quickly so keep an eye on them so they don’t burn!
- Cubes of cheese & sliced apple
- Chopped veggies & hummus
- Banana & peanut butter wrap
- Wholewheat crackers with soft cheese & grapes
- Toasted teacake
- Wholewheat bagel with hummus
- Homemade oat cookies
- Fruit and yogurt smoothies
- a small cup of lentil & vegetable soup
- Plain popcorn
- Baked apple rings with cinnamon
- Mini Babybel cheese & slices of apple