The snackfood aisle is a minefield for parents. haven spoke to the experts at The Source Bulk Foods to uncover some better ways to stave off our kids’ hunger.
If you wander down the snack aisle of any supermarket nowadays, the selection of prepackaged nibbles, crisps, bars, rice cakes, slices and biscuits is mind-boggling. It’s a minefield for parents looking for healthy, tasty snacks for our kids.
As parents, we always want to do the right thing for our loved ones. But sometimes the snacks we think of as being healthy really aren’t. Many of these items contain preservatives, sulphites and are high in sugar and salt. They may also include wheat, dairy, egg or another ingredient your family may be trying to avoid due to allergies or intolerances.
Here are some ideas from The Source Bulk Foods to help you pop the right snacks in your kids’ lunchboxes this back-to-school season – and forever more!
- Convenience doesn’t have to be wrapped in plastic. Many muesli bars, for example, especially those ‘glued’ together with sugar, syrup or chocolate may seem appealing but can contain almost a day’s worth of sugar intake in a single bar. Instead consider healthy snacks that contain no sugar and only basic ingredients. Almond crackers and raw protein balls have great flavours and are nutritious but still pack a sweet nutty punch the kids will adore. They are also perfectly bite-sized and fit snug in the lunchbox.
- Do you kids love crunch and/or a salty hit before hangry strikes? Try a handful of veggie chips – but not the processed kind in a pack. Consider a mix of real dried veggies including sweet potato, purple sweet potato, squash, taro, carrot and green beans that retain their natural colour, nutritional value and have half the salt of a packet of chips.
- Consider making your own trail mix at home from natural ingredients without the added preservatives. Add in natural sun-dried fruit like goji or Inca berries for more energy and excitement. Buy in bulk – make it go further and reduce plastic waste.
- Most kids love sultanas. Buy natural, sulphur- and preservative-free Australian sultanas and not in a throw-away pack. Dried currants, dried blueberries, dried raisins and dates provide variety for the kids. And speaking of dates, natural date and coconut rolls are always a hit.
- The Source recommends our dried mango cheeks that come from far north Queensland, are dried in the Australian sun and contain no added sugar or preservatives. Preservative-free, non-GMO, no added sugar, paleo, vegan and delicious. Also, try our dried pineapple rings that not only smell like summer but are a great source of vitamin c and are just as good as our mango cheeks.
The Source also stocks a large range of protein balls that are preservative free and sized for school lunchboxes and little fingers.