It’s that time of year when the days are short and the weather is (even more) unpredictable. We can all start to feel a bit drained and our families seem susceptible to catching every bug going.
Time to fight back with some immune boosting snacks to keep our kids' energy levels up - and coughs and colds down. These easy to prepare munchies will stop them reaching for the biscuit tin in their post-school eating frenzy:
It couldn’t be simpler - load up the fruit bowl and set them free. Full of vitamin C, antioxidants, and fiber, fresh fruit goes towards their 5 (or 7!) a day and will satisfy the sugar craving. Bananas, apples, pears and oranges are hardy enough to be kept out of the fridge and are great for when you’re out and about. Berries are more delicate and less portable, but are a lower sugar option for when you’re hunkering down inside.
On the trail:
Trail mix is great alternative to high in fat and salt crisps. You can easily make your own, tailoring it to your particular tastes. With nuts, seeds and dried fruit, this tasty combo delivers a bunch of immune and mood boosting goodies such as antioxidants, protein, B complex vitamins, beta carotene, vitamin E and potassium. Here’s a great recipe to get you started.
We all want our children to eat more veggies. Keeping a stack of ready prepared veggie sticks in the fridge makes life a whole a lot easier. Choosing their favourites means there’ll be no complaining and teaming it up with some tasty hummus will liven it up. Go for the ‘rainbow’ effect and try to have a variety of different coloured veg to hand - each colour provides a different nutrient. The British Heart Foundation has a great guide on the benefits of rainbow fruit and veg. Hummus is also a great source of phosphorus, antioxidants and vitamin C. Double win!
Popcorn is a family favourite. It’s a go to snack for most of us when we’re cosying down with a film in the long winter nights. It’s high in fibre, so nice and filling, and whole grain so healthier than crisps. Try not to reach for the pre-packed/microwavable options and have a go at making it yourself - the kids will love the frenzied popping! All you need is popcorn kernels, butter and a pan with a lid (don’t forget the lid!). Not only is this much cheaper, but much healthier too! Here’s a fool-proof way to do it.
These easy options should keep them going in the winter months and stave off some of the winter snuffles. We’ve also got some great meal time ideas to keep energy levels up - snowball fight, anyone?