18 Jan 2016, Liz Roberts
Q: My nursery provides a snack tea, rather than a light meal before they go home. Should we be offering something more substantial?
There is no right or wrong here; some provide a main meal for tea, while others offer a basic snack. The most important thing is to make sure that you communicate your offering to families so that they can plan their own meals when they get home.
If you are providing a snack to keep them going, the most important thing is that these need to be healthy whilst remaining appealing. It can be all too easy to opt for a sweet, carb dense treat that will give a quick energy boost but leave them feeling tired and not hungry soon after. That then spells problems for dinner time at home.
Here are my top 5 snacking tips:
Quick & healthy snack idea
CHICKEN WRAPS WITH PLUM SAUCE AND CUCUMBER
50g chicken, sliced
1 tbsp mayonnaise
1 tsp plum sauce
1 spring onion, shredded
1/8 cucumber, sliced into strips
Prep time: 5 minutes
Makes 2 portions
KIWI AND RASPBERRY FLOWERS
2 large firm kiwi fruits
5cm flower-shaped cookie cutter
1. Peel the kiwi fruits and cut 4 round slices about 1.5cm thick from the centre section of each kiwi fruit.
2. Cut each slice into a flower shape using your cookie cutter.
3. Arrange the kiwi flowers on a plate and top each one with a raspberry.
Makes 8 flowers
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