As a mother, I am always on the hunt for a delicious and preferably easy snack idea for my children, for when they get the munchies in between meals. Being mini meals, you want your children's snack to be nutritious but not so filling that it will put them off their next main meal. When convenience is not high on the priority list, these days I prefer to make my own snack food, as commercially available alternatives can often be packed with preservatives, salt, sugar and other nasties.
Children are constantly on the go, and in order to grow and stay on top of their active lifestyles, they need fuel in the form of healthy calories. In addition to three well-balanced meals a day, your child will need nutritious snacks in between meals to see them through to the end of their day. If you happen to be the parent of teenagers, you may well find that your children eat continuously throughout the day, with hardly any distinction between snacks and meals!
For me, a great snack food is ideally portable, requires a minimal amount of time to assemble, tastes great and is good for my kids, too. I'm often offering snacks on the way to the playground or in between activities, so they need to be something that my children can feed themselves. My staples tend to be fruit- and nut-based, although I will occasionally offer grains, as long as it's not cakes and biscuits (everyday)! ;-)
The below list includes a few of the snacks I've tried with (and had approved by) my children. As I am always being hounded for snacks, expect this list to grow!