Snack hacks: Best healthy snacks for family days out
Organising snacks for days out with the family can seem like a bit of a chore, and it's often easier to grab snacks on the go whilst you're out and about. The problem with doing this is not only that costs can soon mount up but the snacks are usually pretty unhealthy too. We’re all guilty of impulse buying crisps and chocolate when the kids are moaning that they're hungry, but with a little forward planning you can pack some healthy snacks for your day out without too much effort, and satisfy the kids appetites, whatever their age.
These snack ideas and tips will help your day out run smoothly and allow you to spend more time enjoying yourselves, rather than queuing up at the food kiosks.
1. Caramelised Onion Hummus with pitta bread
400g can of chickpeas, drained
100ml olive oil
juice of half a lemon
3 tbsp caramelised red onion chutney
1 garlic clove
- Add all the ingredients to a blender or food processor, and whizz until smooth.
2. If you're planning on doing lots of walking, take a collapsible lunch / cool bag that can be folded flat and popped into your handbag or backpack once it's empty
3. On very warm days try and avoid any dairy snacks such as yogurts, unless you have the means to keep them chilled
4. Take prepared fruit in a zip lock bag or container rather than whole fruits, as most kids are reluctant to bite into an apple or peel an orange when they're out and about, but are quite happy to munch on fruit slices.
5. As with the fruit, take ready-prepared veggies such as sticks of cucumber, celery, carrots and pepper, along with cherry tomatoes. I usually fill a lunchbox with veggie sticks and salad and tell my kids that I'll only bring the sweet treats out when the box is empty - it's amazing how quickly you can get them to eat their 5 a day when there's a piece of cake on offer.
6. Mixed fruit and nuts - mix together favourite dried fruits such as raisins, sultanas, cranberries and apricots with nuts (not the salted or dry roasted varieties) and a few pumpkin and sunflower seeds.
7. If you're looking for snacks to eat in the car, try not to pack runny foods or liquids in containers that could be easily spilled. They're fine if you're on a train and have a table to lay your snacks on.
8. Slices of apple and chunks of cheese - if you rinse your apple slices in a bowl of water and lemon juice before storing in a zip lock bag it will prevent them from browning.
9. Fruit smoothies - blend a handful of your favourite berries with Greek yogurt and a splash of milk.
10. Cocoa Orange energy bars/balls
175g dates, pitted
zest of 1 orange + 1tbsp juice
10g cocoa powder
- Add all the ingredients apart from the juice, to a food processor and blitz until it resembles coarse sand.
- Add the orange juice with the motor running, until it all comes together.
- Press into a lightly greased tin, to approx 2cm thick or roll into balls.
- Cover with clingfilm and place in the fridge for around 1 hour before slicing into bars.