Healthy School Lunch Snacks

Most of us can probably remember that sinking feeling as the school holidays were coming to an end. You’ve spent two or three weeks free from the confines of the classroom and had the chance to do loads of fun holiday stuff. Sure, it has to end sometime, but it’s not all bad news for kids: they’ll get to see their friends every day and with these treats in their lunchbox there will be fewer groans as they head out the door each morning.

Choc Hazelnut Bites
This Nutella-esque treat is a classic energy booster that tastes far more devilish than it is. One’s never enough, but you can enjoy the whole batch guilt-free as there is no refined sugar in sight.

3/4 cup medjool dates, pitted and soaked
1/2 cup hazelnuts, roasted and skins removed
2 tbsps cocoa (plus extra for dusting)

Step 1: Discard date soaking water
Step 2: Place all ingredients in a blender and blitz until they form a dough-like texture
Step 3: With moist hands, take a tablespoon-sized amount of mixture and roll into balls. 
Step 4: Roll balls in extra cocoa and refrigerate.



Avocado Sushi Rolls
Upgrade their lunchbox or afternoon tea game with this gluten-free, dairy-free, nutrient-dense answer to savoury snacking. Did you know that avocados contain almost 20 vitamins and minerals? They’re rich in antioxidants and healthy fats, and a good source of fibre and vitamin C too.

1/4 cup cooked sushi rice
1 large avocado, cut into quarters then sliced lengthways into thin strips
2 nori (edible seaweed) sheets

Step 1: Place nori sheets on a bamboo sushi mat with the shiny side facing down, then scoop on 1/4 cup of loosely packed rice, leaving a 2cm edge at the top edge
Step 2: Place a few strips of avocado onto the rice, about 5 cm from the bottom
Step 3: Roll sheet up from the bottom, rolling away from you and pressing firmly to keep the shape of the sushi. To stick down, run a wet finger along the top edge of the nori and smooth the end down over the roll.
Step 4: With a sharp knife, slice into bite-sized rounds.


Apple Almond Stacks
The humble apple gets an upgrade in this flavour-packed, protein-rich snack perfect for a mid-morning nibble.


1 large apple, any variety 
3 tbsps almond butter
2/3 cup sultanas 


Step 1: Core apple and slice into 2 cm rounds that look a little like a bagel
Step 2: Spread almond butter over the apple and scatter sultanas on top
Step 3: Top with another apple round, press together, and continue stacking