Mornings can be hectic – a snoozed alarm clock, last-minute homework, dropping kids at school, a traffic jam, maybe even an unexpected tantrum, this makes planning healthy snacks the last thing on your mind. Here’s 7 sneaky snacking tips to get you and the kids snacking on healthy foods despite the morning mayhem.
You probably have the ingredients for this healthy dip already – peanut butter and plain yoghurt in a 1 to 3 ratio. Add a pinch of cinnamon if you like, then dip carrots, apples, pears or even strawberries in it. Sounds strange until you try it. Look out for our heart mark on no-sugar unsalted peanut butter.
Hummus is another healthy dip that also doubles as a spread. As long as you keep some tahini (sesame paste, use 1 tbsp) in the fridge and a tin of chickpeas in the pantry, it’s easy to whip up in less than 5 minutes. Blend while adding lemon juice, oil, salt, garlic and spices like cumin to taste.
Grabbing something at home before you rush off avoids buying something unhealthy at a corner store or vending machine. Think mixed nuts or seeds, yoghurt and fresh fruit.
Invest in a few leak-proof plastic containers or resealable plastic bags to carry snacks in your work bag or their school rucksacks.
Adding more substance to your breakfast could mean energy until lunch time, no snacks needed. A bowl of oats is still a powerhouse breakfast, and only needs 3 minutes in the microwave. Add mainly milk rather than water, a tablespoon sunflower seeds for more protein and fat, and scatter raisins or a chopped fruit for natural sweetness.
Heading home after gym or sports practice and dinner is still hours away? Chocolate milk is the perfect post-workout drink for any age. Dissolve pure cocoa in a little hot water and fill up with cold milk so you can control how much sugar you add, or add a sweetener.
What children can buy at school should also be healthy. Ask your school to look into the Heart and Stroke Foundation Tuckshop programme. (http://www.heartfoundation.co.za/tuckshops)