Keeping your children happy and healthy is probably at the top of your to-do list for 2021. However, with so many snack options out there, sometimes it’s hard to sneak in those extra nutrients into your child’s diet.
The bottom line is, a healthy snack can ensure your child gets the energy and nourishment they need on a daily basis. If you want some inspo for healthy snack ideas, check out our comprehensive list of the top 10 healthy (and delicious!) snacks you should be putting on your shopping list this year!
1. DIY Snack mixes
From bliss balls and protein balls to nutrient-packed slices, at Funch, we offer a healthy alternative to pre-made, store bought snacks. Made from all natural ingredients, with no added sugar or artificial preservatives, our DIY snack mixes are a convenient and nutritious snack your whole family will love!
Enjoy Funch after school, at the office, while watching Netflix or at a picnic in the park. No matter the occasion, our gluten free, dairy free, and vegan friendly snacks are suitable for a range of dietary needs.
As a good source of protein and calcium, yoghurt is a nutritious snack for young children with developing bones. It’s soft and the perfect snack for little ones that are teething or just getting used to solid foods. Some yoghurts also contain live bacteria that can also aid with digestion. Marketed yoghurts can be high in sugar, so stick with plain, full-fat yoghurt and sweeten it with some fresh fruit.
You may put popcorn in the junk-food category, but it’s actually a mega-nutritious wholegrain. What makes popcorn bad for you is unhealthy toppings, like butter or parmesan flavouring. Instead of taking the easy way out and buying microwave sachets, air pop your own popcorn on the stove so you have control over what’s in it.
4. Fruit and veggies
While this may be a given, it can sometimes be hard to get your child to actually eat fruit and veggies. Try making them more delicious and nutritious (and disguising the fact that they’re even eating fruits and veggies at all!), such as cutting up some celery and adding peanut butter and raisins or slice up pears and spreading some ricotta cheese on top.
5. Nuts and trail mix
High in healthy fats, fiber and antioxidants, dietary fats are crucial to help support growth. As long as your child is not allergic to nuts, trail mix is a great healthy snack choice for snacking on-the-go.
If you’re looking for something quick and easy, but healthy to give your child in the morning, oatmeal is an affordable and suitable choice. Skip the flavored packets that are high in sugar and instead use rolled oats, some ground cinnamon and dried fruit for sweetness.
7. Kale chips
If you haven’t tried this superfood snack yet, you’re missing out. Packed with nutrients and low in calories, your child can get all the vitamin A, C, and K they need in a day with just one cup of kale. While kids might be hesitant to try kale, when it’s camouflaged as a crunchy, savoury snack, they might react differently.
8. Frozen popsicles
Perfect for those hot, Australian summer days, frozen homemade popsicles can be a healthy snack for kids, especially when you're kicking it poolside or heading to the beach. Instead of hitting Coles or Woolies and picking up store-bought popsicles packed with refined sugars and artificial flavours, consider blending up your own with any kinds of fruit your children like.
9. Homemade pretzels
If you have some time to kill at home, getting the family together to make some soft pretzels can be a great way to spend the weekend. Made from pure and simple ingredients—no hydrogenated oils or nasties, you can have fun and eat healthy at the same time.
Granola is rich in protein, fiber, and micronutrients, but let’s face it, it can be kind of boring. If you want to spice things up, just add an egg and almond flour to the granola mix and pop it in the oven. Then break it up and you have delicious and nutritious granola bark!
Shop Funch healthy snacks today
Finding healthy snacks for kids doesn’t have to be difficult, expensive or time-consuming. If you’re looking for some simple, convenient and nutritious snacks that your kids are sure to love, check out our range. Did we mention that we can also deliver straight to your door?