Can I have a little snack? – JD, 5
This month, we’ve been trying out a range of snacks and treats that work great in kid’s and grownup’s lunch boxes alike.
First up, Metcalfe’s Skinny Topcorn as seen above. It’s air popped, which keeps the fat content low, but doesn’t seem to compromise the flavour at all.
I’ve long been a fan of this low fat, high flavour treat as I used often used to buy a pack of the Chocolate Crackle flavour to munch on when working late because a big bag is only 230 calories. They come in a range of flavours, all of which are delicious and appeal to pretty much anyone’s taste with options like Heat ‘n Sweet sweet chilli flavour, Wasabi Glaze, Sweet Cinnamon, Salt, and Sweet ‘n Salt.
As with most snacks, you’ll need to keep an eye on salt intake, of course. I put a small tub (about a third of a packet) of the Cinnamon flavour with JD’s lunch.
You can buy Metcalfes in Sainsbury’s, Tesco and Greggs, plus various other health food stores, for around £1.49 per bag.
Wild Trail wholegrain bars are free from wheat and dairy, suitable for vegans and vegetarians, low GI and come with enough fruit per bar to count as one of your five a day. They contain around 11g of sugar and 2g of fat, which is a lot less than most fruit and cereal bars, so while I’d still view this as an energy boosting treat, it’s definitely a healthier option than most.
Wild Trail bars come in a range of flavours, such as Sour Cherry or Orange and Apricot and I find them genuinely delicious, with a little bit, a little chew and plenty of fruity flavour. They’re available now at Selfridges, Whistlestop stores, POD Food, Abokado, The Natural Kitchen, Chop’d, Tossed, Vital Ingredient, many farm shops and selected Budgens stores, retailing at 79p-£1 for a 45g bar.
Ok, I’ve snuck a rather naughty choice into the mix, but since these delicious Choco Leibniz Caramel Bahlsen Biscuits arrived on my doorstep, I thought it rude not to shout about them.
They’re thin, crumbly butter biscuits, topped with creamy milk chocolate, which hides a layer of caramel beneath. A bit too naughty for the kid’s lunch boxes, but they taste great with a cuppa and I’d gladly sneak one into my packed lunch to have as a dessert. It’s worth the 50 calories a biscuit.
Choco Leibniz Caramel Bahlsen biscuits are suitable for vegetarians and available in ASDA and Waitrose priced at £1.78 for a pack of 12.
I remember Cheestrings being around when I was at school, but I never fancying trying them as I assumed that they were full of artificial flavours and tasted nothing like cheese. Not so, it seems. Today’s Cheestrings, at least, contain no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives and are, in fact, just cheese, with the added benefit of delivering 25% of a child’s recommended daily allowance of Calcium and Vitamin D in each pack.
I’m a little old to be peeling at Cheestrings now, but the kids are keen on the new cheese and tomato flavour – just eat in cautious moderation as they contain almost half a gram of salt per 20g pack.
Cheestrings are available to buy in packs of four from most supermarkets for around £1.60.
And finally, Little Crackers fruit drinks. I’m a fan of these for the kids’ lunch boxes, chiefly because they’re free from artificial sweetener, which JD has really started to develop an aversion to – good for him!
All the flavours in this new range of fruit drinks from Cracker Drinks Co contain no added sugar or sweeteners and is made up of 75% pure juice with a splash of water. Flavours current include Blackcurrant & Cherry, and Pear & Vanilla. Now, of course, all fruit drinks contain sugar, so as with everything, moderation is key, but it’s certainly a healthier choice than many drinks marketed at kids.
Little Crackers are available in Sainsbury’s priced at £1.99.
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