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School holidays are upon us! School term may be over, but unfortunately, that doesn’t mean the end to packed lunches… Summer camps are fun, busy times for kids, but they can be hungry and thirsty work too. Keeping lunches nutritious and tasty can be an ongoing challenge for parents. But remember that snacking is very important for kids; snacks can account for up to a third of a child’s daily calories. So we have put together some fun snack ideas that are delicious and packed with essential nutrients to keep kids fueled and ready for all their daily adventures. 

Trail Mix is the perfect portable snack for all your outdoor explorations. It is also one you can alter to suit your tastes. Mix crunchy nuts like almonds, walnuts, sunflower seeds and sweet and tangy dried fruits like cranberries, raisins, or apricots. You could opt for a nut, popcorn and raisin mix or add dark chocolate chips instead of dried fruit. Nuts and seeds provide healthy fats and protein, while dried fruits offer natural sweetness, fibre, vitamins, and minerals. You’re good to go with just a handful. Another option is to keep kids busy and get them to make some fruity muffins. Make them with oats, seeds and a mix of berries. The fruits add a touch of sweetness and provide vitamins and fibre. Muffins are perfect for on-the-go snacking and will satisfy kids during those active camp days.

Yoghurt parfait may sound fancy, but they are tasty and easy to make! Grab some portable containers and layer them with yoghurt, a medley of fresh berries like strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries, and a sprinkle of crunchy granola or toasted coconut flakes. Yoghurt is an excellent source of protein and calcium, while berries contribute vitamins, antioxidants, and fibre. Breadsticks or rice cakes with fruity, creamy dip are also delicious and fun options. Make the dip from either Greek yoghurt or cream cheese, a touch of honey, and a handful of mashed berries like raspberries or blackberries.

One of the simplest options is to prepare a refreshing fruit salad with fresh fruits like watermelon, pineapple, berries, and citrus fruits. You can squeeze a bit of lime or orange juice for added flavour. This colourful mix of fruits is hydrating and rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. The juice from the lemon or orange will also help preserve the fruit salad.

Remember, it’s essential to consider individual dietary needs and allergies when preparing snacks. Check the camp policy, and if you or someone in the camp has a nut allergy, omit nuts or use alternative ingredients. Enjoy!

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