I don’t know about you but I find the lunchbox daily ritual rather tedious. Come to think of it, I find the dinnertime ritual pretty tedious too, but you know, kids must eat and all that!
The sandwich component of the lunch box doesn’t stress me, as I know my girls will eat a healthy salad wrap or sandwich. But, I do find it harder to come up with healthy snacks other than fruit. Miss A is a great fruit eater, Miss J is not, and Miss H is somewhere in between. I went through a bad stage (lazy stage) where I would buy store-bought muesli bars, which were not only expensive but also loaded with sugar and other nasties. Finally I came across a healthy homemade muesli bar recipe, which has been a hit with the girls.
But I don’t have time to bake nutritious snacks every day so I was thrilled to discover Table of Plenty’s new offering: mini rice snacks. These naturally crunchy wholegrain rice cakes are gluten free, wheat free and contain no artificial flavours or palm oil (the latter is a deal breaker for me!). The dark choc flavour is also dairy free.
My girls have declared the triple berry yoghurt their favourite flavour. It is topped with creamy yoghurt topping sweetened naturally by pure forest berries. These yummy treats are perfect the kids’ lunchboxes or for a snack on the go. I now have a packet permanently in my handbag for the following occasions:
- When my kids say they’re hungry in the car (because even on a ten-minute drive someone will say they’re hungry;
- When I need to buy/bribe more time while I am shopping; food always seems to keep them quiet for a few moments;
- When we’re hanging around waiting at school pick up or after school ballet and I need something to get them through to dinner.
What’s more, they are YUMMY!!! My girls think they are delicious and with only 17 calories per rice cake, I reckon they’re a winner.
Do you struggle with appropriate, healthy snacks for your kids’ lunchboxes? What goes into your lunchboxes? Ideas other than fruit especially welcome.
* Disclosure: NASD partnered with Table of Plenty on this post. All views expressed in this review are my own.