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5 snack hacks to silence your hungry bambinos

In Features, Nourish, Stories by Nicole Fuge

Mums are the ultimate snack bitches! So it always helps to have some tasty and healthy snacks on hand to shove in their gobs. Yum!

By Nicole Fuge, MD® Managing Editor

It doesn’t matter what time of the day it is, whether your kiddo has just eaten or not, it seems it’s impossible to avoid the ‘MUMMMMM I’m hungry’ cries.

So stay one step ahead and have some tasty and healthy snacks on hand to shove in their gobs. We asked Brainly parenting expert and father-of-three, Patrick Quinn, to share his fav snack hacks, and I’ve got to say, they’re pretty genius!

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1. Sandwich Kabobs

This fun lunch idea is easy to prep and has almost endless variations, so something is sure to appeal to even the pickiest of eaters – plus, they’re a cool spin on the shish kebab. Try making a ‘pepperoni pizza’ with mozzarella, pepperoni, tomatoes, and bread, or a ‘turkey club’ with turkey, bacon, avocado, cheese, tomatoes, and your choice of toasted bread slices.

“Sandwich kabobs are an excellent go-to for keeping fingers clean and non-sticky. They’re also great for eating on the go if your kid wants to take a stroll outdoors and enjoy some nature while having lunch,” Patrick says.

2. Trail Mix

This snack idea is great because it can easily be prepared days in advance, which gives kids the opportunity to get in on the action if they want to. This means they can choose their own snack while also teaching them how to balance sweet ingredients with healthy options – it’s all about balance!

3. Homemade Chips

For a healthy spin on everyone’s fav snack, try baking apples or zucchini in the oven. You can add your own spices/flavouring to make it the perfect snack for your kids that they don’t even realise is actually good for them. Bahaha!

“You want to promote that philosophy of healthy eating because it’s not only important for maintaining our kids’ immune systems and physical health but also for maintaining their moods, energy levels, and mental health.”

4. Bite-Sized Cucumber Sandwiches

This fun snack replaces bread with cucumbers to create healthy mini sandwiches. You can fill them with pretty much anything, including cheese, deli meat, tomatoes, and even spreads such as chicken salad or guacamole. You can also use cucumbers as one of the fixings inside or atop bread (instead of as a substitution for it) then slice them up into mini bite-sized sandwiches.

5. Energy Bites

Keep kids full between meals. You can think of them as bite-sized, less messy versions of a granola bar that don’t require any baking and can be easily customised (easy, we like!). “These have almost everything your kids need from a nutritional standpoint, all rolled into one tasty and fun snack. Energy bites pack in loads of healthy carbohydrates for sustained energy, protein for growth and focus during the day, and healthy fats for brain development.”

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