Each and every day I speak to busy parents about healthy snacking for kids. Unfortunately too often snacking for primary school aged children equates to bites, balls, bars, biscuits, twists and straps which not only contain much refined carbohydrate but very little in the way of nutrition. Not only do these types of snacks leave our kids missing out nutritionally, but it also tends to leave them feeling hungry, unsatisfied and more likely to overeat more carb rich foods.
It is for this reason that I like to include protein rich snack food choices for kids within their lunchbox prescription. Protein rich foods that are not only acceptable to children but which offer some nutrition include cheese sticks, milk drinks, Greek yoghurt and homemade protein rich treats but unfortunately the list is relatively small compared to the carb heavy mini biscuit packs, muesli bars, fruit sticks, potato chips and confectionery. It is for this reason that I am a massive fan of roasted broadbeans and chic peas – not only are they nut and gluten free, but a protein rich packet snack food that kids do like. So if you have not tried them already, be sure to give them a go with your own kids.
Be Natural Dry Roasted Fava Beans (website)
Nutrition per 22g serve = 350kJ (83cal), 6.2g protein, 10.1g carbs, 0.9g sugars, 2.3g fibre