The Twinadoes go to kinder (preschool) two mornings and one afternoon a week. They need to take ‘a healthy snack’ for each session. I try to prepare snacks the night before for the morning kinder sessions, which means we need food that will keep well over night and still be good the next day. Some days I struggle to come up with something that they will eat and that fits into our budget.
Some of our favourite snack ideas are:
Small boxes of sultanas or dried fruit
I bought one packet of boxed sultanas at the girl’s requests and ask them to bring the empty boxes home so I
can refill them. So much cheaper than always buying boxed fruit and I can put in a variety of different fruits. If the budget allows it they love dried pineapple, mango and paw paw.
Half a Sandwich
If we haven’t eaten all the bread for breakfast a half sandwich is very popular. Vegemite for Zoe and Jam for Izzy – without fail. Though I wouldn’t mind them having a bit more variety at least I know jam and Vegemite will keep well if I make it the night before and always get eaten.
I don’t put in fresh fruit as often as I thought I would. In the summer there was a bigger variety of fresh fruit that was appropriate but these days the only fruit they can reliably manage and eat is a mandarin. I peel it and put half in each box wrapped in cling wrap. They would both eat apples but Zoe needs hers cut up (because of the lack of teeth) and Izzy likes hers peeled which means they just don’t keep well. A little container of strawberries are always a hit but not within the budget these days.
Veggies and cold meat
A big favourite with both girls is a selection of salami or cabana slices, sliced raw mushroom, cheese squares and olives. My girls LOVE olives – they are classed as a green vegetable in our house.
I often put in a selection of crackers, rice biscuits or other savoury biscuits because we often have them when we don’t have anything else! I can’t say they are a favourite but I figure if they are hungry they’ll eat them!
I always try to put in ‘something special’ and for our girls that is usually a sweet biscuit or something we’ve baked together. That biscuit recipe from yesterday is going to be my saviour… I am going to make up the dough and freeze it in small batches so we always have fresh baked biscuits to wack into the snack box and to save our food money for other things!
Tip for little fingers
A quick tip I learnt after teaching preschool for a long time- If you are wrapping your kid’s snacks in cling wrap, to make it easier for little fingers to open it, place the sandwich (or whatever) at one end of the wrap, wrap the short sides in first then roll the long bit over and over until the sandwich is wrapped but leave the end of the cling wrap sticking out from the end of the sandwich a bit. This way, little fingers easily know to grab and pull the sticky out bit and the whole item will unwrap easily, rather than them struggling to find the ‘ends’ to start opening things.
So what do you send in snack/lunch boxes?