Most kids are 'starving' when they walk through the front door! Be armed and ready with these ideas – perfect for warding off the munchies ‘til dinner.
Freeze a handful of seedless green grapes for a cool treat.
‘Sticks and stones’ ice-cream cones – use an ice-cream cone for serving a mix of wholegrain cereals, dried fruit, popcorn and raw mixed nuts.
Banana hotdog – lightly spread peanut butter or jam onto a piece of mountain bread and cut to fit the size of a banana. Roll up the banana and cut into 3 pieces. Hold together with a toothpick.
Mix chia seeds through low-fat vanilla yoghurt, then stir through raspberries (or diced fruit) before serving.
Get the kids to make ‘strawberry mice’ – place an inverted choc chip at the tip of a strawberry (for the nose), and a sesame seed for each eye. Use sliced almonds to make ears, and attach a tail made of a Nice and Natural Fruit String.
‘Confetti’ pitas – fill a small pita with grated low-fat cheese, vegemite and grated colourful vegies (zucchini, carrot, capsicum, celery, etc).
Make sandwiches and cut with cookie cutters to create fun shapes.
Whip up some homemade savoury muffins using grated vegies, or make low-fat dark chocolate muffins with hidden beetroot or zucchini.
Crispy Critters with dip – cut flat bread into animal shapes using cookie cutters. Bake for 5 minutes, or until crispy. Serve with hommous or a vegetable dip.
Core an apple and slice into 1cm thick rings. Spread each with a thin layer of peanut butter, sprinkle with crushed wholegrain cereal biscuits (like Weet-Bix) and serve.
Homemade icy poles made with fresh fruit and juice.
Make ‘cheese pots’ – tomato halves hollowed out and filled with light cream cheese and corn kernels.
Serve up crackers with a slice of hardboiled egg – decorate into faces using ribbons of carrot, fresh herbs, cherry tomato slices and seeds.
Melon star sticks – Cut out any type of melon in the shape of a star and stick it on a paddle pop for an easy fresh fruit snack.
1 slice raisin toast with 1 teaspoon reduced-fat table spread, sliced into triangles.
Wholegrain cereal or muesli with low-fat milk is a great afternoon snack – it’s okay if it’s their second serve of the day. There’s nothing wrong with an extra serve of whole grains, fibre and calcium... and it sure beats chips or chocolate!
Make a ‘pizza caterpillar’ – cut circular shapes out of a pizza base, with one larger than the others. Align them in a caterpillar shape, using the biggest one as the head. Decorate with pizza toppings and low-fat grated cheese and bake for 10 minutes. Use mushroom slices cut in half for the feet, and capsicum slices for the antennae.
Make a bracelet by threading O-shaped cereal onto a piece of cooking twine.