Children and snacks often come hand in hand, and that’s no different in my house with three very hungry little kittens to feed. We are a very anti sweet family, during my time studying childcare one of the things my tutor said was that children didn’t need sweets or chocolate. her motto was always ‘If you do not give it, they do not crave it’ and I have stuck by that.
However one thing happened above everything else, my first and second child suffered with both a lactose intolerance and a dairy allergy, which after fighting tooth and nail with a doctor to get it diagnosed, Opened up a whole new world of struggle to get healthy snacks into them. This was a time when having a child with a milk issue was an unknown thing, these days its been given an actual name and children are being diagnosed with it more and more so there for the snacks are following suit and becoming more allergy friendly!
These snacks have all served us well over they years, so I wanted to share with you and hopefully inspire you to introduce them into your finger food list.
It goes in as it comes out, when Kai was 2 his favorite snack of all was dried bananas. I was always to scared to have actual bananas in the house thanks to all the spider scares but the dried variety was enjoyed very much. We then found that Holland and Barrett did dried blueberries and suddenly the world was changed. I always found that they are the perfect snack to pop into a lunch box and they always are enjoyed by everyone.
Not for an every day sort of snack but perfect to pop into the nappy bag for emergencies, these are from our local tesco and are similar to Pom Bears, but in the shape of a cute little bunny. They come in plain and cheese, which is Robins favorite and there isn’t much bad in them, I find them so handy for when the older two pick some god horrible thing from the shops at the weekend and their little sister, wanting to be just like her older siblings wants something too, Bunny Bites to the rescue!
I have raved many times about how much I love Ella’s Kitchen, the pouches often get a bad rep for being considered ‘lazy’ food but they are a great convenience if you are rushing off your feet with everything else. The fruit smoothies go down such a treat with Robin, she will often replace her yogurt with them and we always have a stock of them in the fridge. You can find them in a box of five and come in all sorts of different flavors, Robins favorite is the red one and of course, she turns her nose up if we offer her anything different.
Rhythm 108 kindly send some of their amazing products to us through the mail, these are much more of an older child snack so of course my older two were all over these the minute I showed them. we got a lovely selection of different bars and biscuits and its honestly safe to say the popular one has been the lemon cake. I take them with me when I go collect them from school and its been a big distraction from our ‘little shop’ which is just outside the school gates and a magnet for hungry after school children.
I am sure there are probably many more snacks that tickle everyone’s fancy but these are the top lot that are asked every day when they come home from school, I am also being asked to make sure I buy more of the Rhythm 101 ‘cakes’ as they call them.
What snacks make the grade in your home?