Whether you’re preparing a lunchbox for the little ones or a picnic basket for the adults, selecting the right snacks is important to ensure a well-balanced diet. Planning menus is often tedious and can leaves us uninspired; but fear not, here are a few handy ideas that can help you plan the perfect snack menu.
Snack bars are probably our first choice! Intended to boost energy while maintaining a good dose of nutrition, we’ve found this great recipe for Sticky Quinoa and Muesli Squares that’ll hit the spot every time. They are easy to make and tasty too! These bars get our full five star rating and can be used as lunchbox fillers, picnic basket treats, or even as a breakfast snack on-the-run with a glass of your favourite soymilk!
Once baked, spring rolls can be easily stored in an airtight container and then served cold. Served up with a sweet chilli or mayo dip, spring rolls are without a doubt one of the most versatile snack foods around. A spring roll filling is just as versatile, you can easily tailor it for vegetarians or vegans, or beef it up literally with protein-rich tuna, seared chicken breast fillet or cubed steak for meat lovers. Always choose low fat meat cut.
Bread with Dip
Stretching the imagination is good for the mind, and the spirit! So grab a freshly baked loaf of wholegrain or rye bread and whip up a dairy-free dip: perhaps something with Roast Pumpkin and Cashew? Perfect for any occasion you can serve it with your favourite breads or crackers at your next picnic. Simply pass the loaf around and let your guests enjoy it with your delicious homemade dip!
Always a treat whether savoury or sweet, Muffins are enjoyed by everyone! Served fresh out of the oven or popped in a lunchbox for a midday snack, by carefully selecting a recipe that suits the occasion you can wow the old and young. Why not try some of these tasty recipes?
Carrot and Pecan
A savoury snack that offers the nutritious and crunchy combination of carrots and pecan nuts. It’s free of dairy and gluten, and quite an addictive snack too.
Tomato, Olive and Herb
Something for the adults; this delicious blend of herbs in a gluten-free snack packs a punch your taste buds will love.
Savoury Feta & Olive
We’re almost certain that even the kids will love these as tasty is in the name for a very good reason! A nutritious snack that can be enjoyed as is, or with a spread of Vegemite for a salty bite!
Chocolate and Tofu
For a little bit of fun in the kitchen, why not let the kid’s help out with this yummy chocolate muffin recipe.
Before you hit the road, fuel up the family with a nutritious fresh fruit or vegetable smoothie. The joy of a smoothie is that you can literally make it up as you go along. It’s a great way of getting the kids to enjoy vegetables disguised in a delicious chocolate or strawberry shake, and is also a great source of fibre when blended with mixed berries and nuts. Here are a couple of our favourite soymilk smoothie recipes!
Choc Banana Smoothie
A simple recipe to base your smoothie on, fill it up with frozen apple and banana for a thicker texture and delicious taste.
Tropical Fruit Smoothie
While this recipe calls for pureed fruit, you can mix it up with any frozen fruits you may have.
HINT: Before your weekly vegetables and fruits spoil, clean and prepare them, chop them up and freeze them, then when you make your next smoothie you’ll have a great choice of frozen ingredients ready for your recipe.
Edamame aka soybeans are a great snack to enjoy on the run. Have them as they are or mix up your own trail mix using your favourite nuts, legumes, seeds and dried fruits. Check the ‘Health Foods’ rack at your local supermarket or pop in to a health store for Asian grocer to stock up on this tasty soybean snack.
Mini skewers are always a hit, in the lunchbox and at the dinner table. Green and Gold Kangaroo Skewers are easy to make, and delicious to eat! Take it up a level with Tandoori Chicken, Sweet Chilli Beef or even a vegetarian version with baked capsicum, eggplant, cherry tomatoes and broccoli.
Knowing our list could indeed go on, these are merely a few ideas to get you on the creative road to planning for you road trip, family picnic or future lunchboxes. Most of these recipes are indeed easy to make. Making them in advance means Mum can also be putting her feet up while the family tucks in!