School Holiday Snacks
The December school holidays are upon us! The school year seems so long and so short at the same time. It is time to let routines slide, put the books away and bring on the fun!
I have a wonderfully energetic 6-year old little boy, who keeps me on my toes all of the time, but especially through the very long December holidays. Not only are we busy all of the time, but he is constantly looking for food! If I don’t have healthy snacks readily available, he will sneak into the treat cupboard and help himself to whatever he finds there. (Unfortunately for him, the cupboard is often bare, except for a packet of Marie biscuits.)
The standard snacks that are always available in my kitchen are:
- Biltong or dry wors
- Fruit - mostly the regular apples and bananas, but anything that is in season and doesn’t cost an arm and a leg.
- Raw veggies - carrots, cucumber and green beans are standard fare
- Popcorn - a staple low calorie, high fiber snack in my house
- Cheese - I would prefer it if he chose the cheddar and/or Gouda that is always in the fridge, but he tends to go for the cream cheese wedges - when I have given into his request to buy them
- Rice cakes and Provitas - the rice cakes are new and I always buy the ones made with brown rice
These keep him happy most of the time, but sometimes he wants something more exciting! So, we might do some baking.
If he chooses to join me in the kitchen, we will use a bran muffin mix and add some bananas and dates to make them seem a bit more special.
He learned how to make pizza from scratch at school this year, which makes for a messy hour in the kitchen, but the pride he shows in his shark-shaped pizza is worth all the mess.
He loves to cut herbs from the garden. It think that we will have a go at making some herby cheese straws these holidays. (I will post the results on Facebook)
I bought a little recipe book recently with lunchbox snack recipes that my son is keen to try. There are some very nice suggestions such as samosas, meatballs, herby cheese balls, wraps and lots more that should keep us busy in the kitchen until school (eventually) opens again in January.
I am looking forward to some interesting, messy, super fun (and most likely frustrating) hours in the kitchen these holidays.
I hope that you will have some creative foodie fun with your kids too!