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Healthy lunchbox snacks for kids

Healthy lunch box

Finding school snacks that pass muster with the dreaded lunchbox police isn't always easy. But healthy (and delicious) alternatives to crisps, chocolate and biscuits needn’t be an impossible dream. Soreen asked Mumsnetters for the snack ideas and recipes that they rely on to keep everybody happy – here's our pick of the best

Something savoury

Golden eggs

Golden boiled egg

“I like to make a variation of boiled eggs – ‘golden eggs’. It’s super simple; all I do is shake the eggs like crazy before putting them in the water to boil. They’re a great, healthy snack and this just makes them a little more exciting for the kids.”

Falafel balls

Falafel bites

“Bitesize falafel balls (either shop bought or homemade if I have the time) with a healthy yoghurt dip always seems to get past the lunchbox police at my kids' school.”

Mini tuna tarts

Tuna tarts

“My children absolutely love mini tuna tarts, which I make in individual muffin cases. That way, they’re the perfect lunchbox size and make a great alternative to sandwiches which the kids can get bored with. They would also work really well with ham or cheese.”

Mozzarella sticks

Mozzarella

“I like to include cheese in my children’s lunchboxes. Recently I’ve been adding mozzarella pearls wrapped in basil on a cocktail stick with cherry tomatoes as a fun snack full of calcium and protein.”

Frittata bites

Frittata bites

“I find frittata bites are a great way of sneaking in some extra veggies in the kids' lunchboxes. I mix a few egg whites with vegetables like red onions, bell peppers and spinach and then bake in the oven.”

For a sweet tooth

Banana and peanut sandwiches

Peanut butter and banana

“My little one loves thin slices of banana sandwiched with peanut butter and a drizzle of dark chocolate to hold it together – just make sure to check your kid’s school doesn’t have a ban on nuts due to potential allergies.”

Healthy Eton mess

Eton mess

“I make the kids a healthy version of an Eton mess by mixing summer berries with strawberry yoghurt and topping with some crushed meringue. The kids feels like they’re getting a treat but it is actually surprisingly low in calories and counts as one of their five a day.”

Soreen mini loaves

Happy and sad faces

“My child's school has a policy of no 'junk' in lunch boxes, there are pictures on the classroom wall of 'yes' and 'no' foods with smiley and sad faces as appropriate. Happily Soreen mini loaves have a smile against them.”

Power balls

Healthy power balls

“I like to make ‘power balls’ by mixing up coconut, sesame seeds, oats and lots of cacao, rolling them into little ball shapes and popping in the fridge. Yum.”

Frushi

Fruit sushi

“I take a wholemeal flatbread, smother it in almond butter, add a banana and roll it up. I then cut it up into bite-size slices so that it looks like banana sushi. Just make sure it's in an airtight container so it doesn't brown before break time.”

“I have been experimenting with making 'frushi' (fruit sushi): I blend up my choice of fruit which I bake in the oven on a tray to make a fruit alternative to seaweed. Once the fruit has cooled, I roll it up with sushi rice and pop more fruit in the middle.”

Homemade Scotch pancakes

Healthy scotch pancakes

“My son likes homemade Scotch pancakes in his lunchbox. I just combine flour, egg, milk and raisins, add a spoonful of the mixture to a pan and fry. So simple and healthy but a nicely sweet and filling treat.”