The Easter holidays are around the corner and now is a good time to start planning your snack menu.
Holiday snacks should be a fun, but keep in mind that the snacks you give your kids need to be high in energy and nutrition to meet their demanding energy needs. Snacks like dried fruit and nuts, that are high density nutrient snacks, are packed with all the good nutrients your kids need.
Here’s some bright Montagu Dried Fruit & Nuts ideas that you can try to spruce up your kids’ snacking:
1. TRAIL MIX
Ask your child to choose three or four of their favourite dried fruits and one of their favourite nuts. Allow them to mix their own trail mix. Add a few tablespoons of chocolate chips for sweetness. Pack in small zip lock bags and pop a couple in your hand bag to make sure you always have a wholesome treat on hand.
2. MORE-ISH MUFFINS
Bake delicious and filling whole-wheat muffins and add ½ cup raisins and some seeds. Give your child the opportunity to help with the baking, and be prepared for things to get messy!
Low-sugar, high-fibre granola bars are a great way to boost your child’s nutrient intake. It’s also so much easier to eat than regular granola. Make some delicious health bars by using granola, nuts, seeds and honey.
4. CHOC-FLAVOURED FRUIT
Make your own chocolate covered dried fruit. Cut down on the sweetness by only dipping half instead of the whole fruit in the melted chocolate.
5. DATE BALLS
Make date balls by replacing the sugary biscuits with fine crushed almonds for added nutrition. This is also a perfect school lunchbox idea.
6. ANTS ON A LOG
Cut small sticks of celery to form the log and make tiny indentations to fill with almond butter. Create the ‘ants’ by putting some raisins or dried cranberries on top of the butter in a straight line. It’s the perfect combo of fruit, veg and protein. Nut butters are also a super way to add protein to snack time.