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Back To School Snacks

It's officially back to school season and that means back to eating healthily again - for you and your family.

When the children come home from school starving it can be tempting to give them something quick and often unhealthy, like a chocolate bar or a packet of crisps. According to Government figures, nearly one-third of children aged 2-15 are overweight or obese and younger generations are becoming obese at an earlier age and staying obese for longer. To help you and your family snack more healthily, we've pulled together 6 sweet and savoury snack ideas which are easy to make and are perfect for all the family to enjoy.
Pea Fritters
400g frozen peas
3 eggs
210g self-raising flour
1 spring onion - chopped
55 g crumbled feta cheese
2 tbsp chopped parsley
 
Boil the peas for 4 minutes and drain. Add the flour, eggs, spring onion and half of the peas to a food processor and pulse until combined. Fold through the remaining peas, feta cheese and parsley. Fry spoonfuls of the mixture in a little oil for 2 minutes on each side until golden.
Ready in 10 minutes! 
 Trail Mix
125g raw cashew 
95g pumpkin seeds 
125g  almonds 
85g dried fruit

Snacking on nuts and seeds are a great option! Not only are they filling but they contain protein and healthy fats. Avoid any salted nuts and watch the portion size. You can use any combination to suit your own taste buds. Easy to prepare the night before!
 Peanut Butter Apple Rings
1 Apple sliced
Natural peanut butter 
Toppings (optional, eg almond flakes, coconut chips, granola)

Spread half a tablespoon of peanut butter onto one side of each apple slice and add your favourite toppings. A great way to eat more fruit!
 Granola Parfait
Homemade or bought (ensure low sugar option) granola
Natural greek yoghurt
Fruit  

Place yoghurt at the bottom of a glass. Add a layer of granola and fruit. Repeat. Easy as a snack or breakfast!
Popcorn
Popcorn kernels 
Olive oil 
Toppings (optional - smoked paprika)

Drizzle a little olive oil in a large saucepan and heat on high. Add popcorn kernels and put on the lid. Wait for the popcorn to finish popping and sprinkle your favourite flavours. 
Baked Veggie Crips 
Veggies - carrots, parsnips, sweet potatoes or beetroot. 
1 tbsp Olive oil 
Toppings (optional) 

Peel and slice up the veggies. Layer on a baking sheet. Drizzle olive oil. Pop in the oven for around 20 minutes at 200C/gas 6 until golden. Keep an eye out, to avoid them burning. Place them on a paper towel and add toppings 

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