Healthy & simple school holiday snack ideas (week 1) no baking required

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School holidays….what are you up to?  The girls went to a sports camp on Monday which they loved, it involved trampolining so why wouldn’t they really? Then we’ve got play dates and pottering around in the sunshine the rest of this week.  Time permitting I like to try and experiment with different foods with the girls during the holidays to know whether they will be winners in the lunch box or not when they go back to school. I know, I know some of you could think of nothing worse but it’s some “structured play” that fills in time and gets them involved in the kitchen too!  The idea’s in this post require minimal effort, the kids can really do them all themselves they are so easy, healthy and nutritious and best of all are all raw so no baking required!

I’m a big fan of the website The Kitchn, they come up with some delicious recipes, hints, tips and clever ideas.  I put a link to Cucumber baguettes,  in last weeks newsletter but now we have tried them, success! You can do anything you like as a filling of course.  We did peanut butter (although I’m the only one in the family that likes it, weirdo’s), ham & cream cheese and cream cheese & raisins (remember “ants on a log”, celery & saltanas when you were little?)  I think that they would be lovely with chicken, mayo and walnuts too…endless options!

Set aside the seeds that you have scraped out from the middle of the cucumber and keep in the fridge as tomorrow I’m going to let you in on a delicious way to use those up, waste not, want not!

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The kids love eating anything off skewers, do yours?  I am  thinking though that they may not be approved at school, potential weapons perhaps??? Will have to ask someone who knows these things but they are great as snacks in the holidays – it won’t stop them poking each other but at least hopefully there’s no potential law suit involved.  These ones were super easy, a bit of carrot, cherry tomato and baby boccocini.  What would you use?

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As the sun is shining and it’s warming up we finished off this meal with frozen oranges.  My girls devour them on a daily basis and they are so handy to have in the freezer when they come in after school all hot and bothered.  Just cut them into quarters, pop them in a zip lock bag or freezable container and freeze.  Grapes are also great to do this with and I always have a few banana’s in the freezer to add into smoothies or fruit whips.  Speaking of which …..

This banana “ice cream” (see below) is amazing even if I do say so myself!  No dairy, just frozen banana’s, a bit of maple syrup, vanilla and some nuts.  It deserves a post of it’s own so if you’d like to see the recipe, click here.  Takes about 4 minutes to make from start to finish, so easy and so yummy. (I was inspired by Gwyneth Paltrow for this one).

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While you’ve got the nuts out how about making your own trail mix for a snack?  Will your kids eat it?  Mine will pick out what they like, (almonds and cranberries but are still suspicious of whole seeds unfortunately, I find that adding some dark choc chips sometimes seems to help!).  I’ve taken to putting a bowl of these out on the kitchen bench and when I get the “I’m hungry” whinge I point them in the direction of the bowl (to be honest it’s not been all that successful yet but I live in hope!)

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What do you think?  Will you do any of these? Do you have any quick & easy no cook snack ideas that you can share?

 

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