Let’s face it, all kids love snacking, but when you’re a busy mum, having a stash of healthy snacks for children at the ready is often the last thing on your mind when you’re trying to juggle a bajillion other things in life. BUT….the thing is that healthy snacks are important as they help to give children the nutrients they need between meals, especially while their tummies are still small can only hold so much at main mealtimes. The good news is that there are plenty of healthy and quick snacks which you can either make with your children, or for your children to build up a supply they can dip into to help the keep going in-between meals.
With that said, today I have teamed up with Ísey Skyr to share with you seven super easy and pretty quick snacks you can make with their wonderfully luscious dairy product, which is unique to Iceland but is actually having a bit of a moment on our shores.
What’s so great about Ísey Skyr? Well firstly – it’s the real thing. It’s produced in Iceland, using milk from local farmers across the country against the backdrop of its pristine nature. So think amazing quality Icelandic water and milk, plus no pesticides.
It’s also high in protein, fat free, rich in flavour, a source of calcium and vitamins AND all-natural. It therefore makes the perfect nutritious base for a variety of snacks for children so you can feel absolute zero mum guilt for making and serving these babies up – hurrah! and maybe even give yourself a little fist-bump for doing so by sending some extra calcium and protein their way for healthy growth.
So without further ado, here are seven healthy snacks for children you can make at home using Ísey Skyr!
Frozen banana cups
This is a super quick and easy one to knock up and a great one to have a supply of in the freezer for a healthy, cooling snack (I have to say I also love munching on them too!). Grab one banana, mash it up in a bowl and add a 170g of Ísey Skyr (we used vanilla).
Mix together thoroughly and then pop a dollop each into a cupcake case, place them on a tray that will fit into a freezer (we used a muffin tin because it helped keep the shape in tact), then freeze for a couple of hours until solid. Once frozen, take them out of the cases – you may need to let them stand for a little bit to do this, then bag them up to have on hand for a healthy snack on a hot day or a healthy after dinner treat.
Snow capped granola bars
We love granola bars in this house, but store bought ones can be laden with sugar so why not have a bash at making them yourself? Simply combine 1 1/2 cups of the rolled oats, 1 cup of rice Krispies and half a cup of natural peanuts in a bowl. Heat 1 cup of smooth peanut butter and 1/2 cup of honey together slightly in a smaller bowl either in the microwave or over small pan of boiling water so that it’s melty. Then, pour the mixture over the oats and peanuts and mix thoroughly until combined. Press the mixture into a 9 x 9 inch tin, freezing for bars for half an hour so set, then cutting into bars.
While the mixture is setting, mix 1/4 cup of Ísey Skyr with a tablespoon of peanut butter for the coating and coat the bars with it and leave to set. It’s as simple as that!
Ice lollies are a heaven-send in summer and the kids go wild for them! I also love them because at your absolute laziest, all you need to do is fill up your favourite moulds with some Ísey Skyr (we love the strawberry and blueberry flavours for this), then pop it in the freezer. If you’re feeling more adventurous and have a little more time you can whizz up some fresh strawberries (or fruit of your choice) inside. The perfect after dinner treat! You can also see my post on additional ice lolly ideas here for more ice lolly inspo.
Seeing as peaches are now in season it would be rude not to include peach donuts as a snacking option. And the great thing about these donuts is that they come with a zero guilt (unlike the real deal) – hurrah! They are also super easy to make. All you need to do is halve the peach to core it, then cut into slices. Freeze the slices for 30 minutes, then dip in Ísey Skyr, pop on a line baking tray that will fit into your freezer, and sprinkle with whatever toppings you fancy – think granola, nuts, sprinkles – you get the picture!
All hail the rice cake! Although children these days seem to have a modern day love affair with rice cakes, have you ever thought of making them into a healthy pizza? I bet not! This is super easy to do, and makes a great healthy snack. All you need to do is mix together 1/2 cup Ísey Skyr, 2 tablespoons of peanut butter, 1 tablespoon of honey. Spread the mix over the rice cakes, and decorate with topping of your choice – bananas, blueberries, grapes, apples, strawberries are all great – you could even go for some granola or make some funny faces which I have a bit of an obsession with…
Frozen strawberry bark
Another awesome frozen treat to keep in your back pocket (or freezer) for when the littles are begging for a snack. All you need to do for this is mix up 1 cups of Ísey Skyr, 1 tablespoon of maple syrup, 1/4 cup strawberries and 1/4 cup blueberries. Spoon into a baking tray that will fit into your freezer lined with baking paper and freeze overnight. Break up into pieces to serve!
A healthier rendition of the usual chocolate variation, this one is the perfect summer cousin which also happens to be healthier too! Simply mix 1 1/2 cup of Ísey Skyr (we loved using the strawberry one for this!) with another 1/4 cup of milk of your choice, cut up a selection of fruit like apples, pears, bananas, strawberries, pop them on some skewers and now for the fun part – time to get dipping!
As you can see all of the above make great healthy snacks for children and are perfect for after school snack demands to keep them going until dinner, or as a healthy treat after dinner time.
Ísey Skyr is available at Waitrose in the following flavours: Blueberry, Vanilla, and Strawberry (170g pots). Ísey Skyr also available at selected Aldi UK stores in the following flavours: Blueberry, Vanilla, Strawberry and Mango (170g pots). Natural Ísey Skyr is available in 1kg tubs at Costco.
And now for the exciting part! I’ve teamed up with Ísey Skyr for a chance to win a £50 Waitrose gift card to spend on Ísey Skyr and other ingredients to help you make some of the healthy snacks featured above.
Which of the above healthy snacks for children do you like the sound of the most? And which are you tempted to try? Do leave a comment and share below.
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