If you and your family have overindulged this Christmas I’m sure you are already thinking about how to be healthier in the new year. With young children that may be fussy eaters, it may be difficult to incorporate healthy snacks into their school routine. But don’t worry! We have some ideas for you!
New year, new healthy snacks for the kids!
Fruit and Veg
It can be difficult to incorporate fruit and vegetables into a child’s school routine, especially when they may be expecting sweet treats. So, it is important to make these healthy snacks as fun as possible. You could cut the fruit and vegetables into fun shapes and mix it into a colourful fruit salad or make a fruity pizza! Adding some Greek yogurt or fruit yogurt could also excite their palette.
Manuka Honey Flapjacks
Instead of buying flapjacks from the supermarket and not knowing exactly what is in them, why not make them yourself?! It’s so quick and easy!
Add the unsalted butter, vanilla essence and 5 tablespoons of Manuka honey and melt them together. Then add the oats to the mixture and combine together.
Oil the base and the sides of the tray and then spread the mixture evenly on the tray.
Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes until golden brown. Then leave out to cool.
Once cool, smear a thin layer of Manuka honey across the surface. Evenly cut the flapjacks into squares.
Which Manuka Honey should I use?
As part of our Wedderspoon range we have KFactor 12 and KFactor 16 Raw, Manuka honey. KFactor 12 is a multifloral Manuka honey, which is made from the nectar of several different flowers, but still has a significant amount of Manuka pollen. It is great daily Manuka honey that is less expensive. You may choose to use this honey for making baked goods!
KFactor 16 is a monofloral Manuka honey, made mainly from one nectar source – Manuka flowers! It has a richer concentration of valuable active enzymes and so it is more expensive. It is recommended for people who have underlying health conditions or people who are under the weather for an extra health and energy boost. You may choose to use this Manuka honey when your child has a cold.
Rice Cakes are a great healthy snack that children can take to school to give them energy between meals. They are available in multiple flavours, which is perfect for fussy eaters as they can choose their favourite! So, instead of crisps, why not choose rice cakes?!
The healthiest rice cakes are made of whole grain brown rice. They are a great source of carbohydrates and proteins! They can also be topped with healthy toppings to make them even healthier.
Get your child’s daily dose of Manuka honey with our Wedderspoon Manuka Honey On the Go Snap Packs! The perfect snack to pop into your child’s lunch box without any mess. So wherever they are they can simply snap open and squeeze the honey straight into their mouth. Deliciously simple! Manuka Honey Snap Packs are a great energy boost for children on a daily basis, and especially when they have a cold.
Homemade Sweet & Salted Popcorn with Manuka Honey
Children will often want a sweet and also a savoury snack during the day, so why not combine the two?!
Homemade popcorn is an efficiently healthy snack when it is air-popped, lightly seasoned at home, and you know what you are putting in it. It is a low-calorie snack that is high in fibre and is filling. Whereas, popcorn at the cinema is very different and not nearly as healthy!
Pre-heat your covered pot over a high heat.
Flick a few drops of water into the pot and when it begins to sizzle, add your popcorn kernels and cover the lid. Reduce your heat to medium-low.
Shake the pot every few seconds to avoid burning the kernels.
After 3-4 minutes the kernels should start popping
If you do not hear a pop for more than 5 or 6 seconds, remove the pot from the heat as your popcorn is done!
At the end you can leave the popcorn as it is or add the toppings of your choice, such as salt and manuka honey!
Our Wedderspoon Natural Manuka Honey Drops are another great way to incorporate Manuka Honey goodness into your child’s routine with a sweet treat. Our Manuka Honey 20 drops with ginger and echinacea come in individually wrapped packets, perfect to pop into a lunchbox. They are made from natural, authentic ingredients and are slow dissolving to coat the throat. The antibacterial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties of the Manuka honey properties are great if your child has a cold or a sore throat, and they can also be a great daily energy boost!