Yummy, smooth, and healthy, hummus, hommus, houmous or however you choose to spell it, is one of R’s (4 yrs) favourite snacks. He has enjoyed it since he was a toddler and would happily eat bowls full of the stuff when he was two.
Hummus is one of those foods that I call a double win – he loves eating it and I don’t have any Mummy guilt in serving it to him because it’s so nutritious. Hummus is high in iron, Vitamin C, Vitamin B6 and folate and the chickpeas are high in protein. It also tastes fantastic! What’s not to love about that?
R is into all things space, and he is always excited when I make our “moon and stars” afternoon snack. Our “moons” are rice crackers, our “stars” are sliced cheese cut into stars using a cookie cutter, and the hummus in the centre of the plate? I’m not sure what that is. A swirling galaxy of stars perhaps? Work with me here! The great thing about this little snack is that it shows it doesn’t take much effort at all to serve something that’s fun, tastes great and is healthy as well. Between the protein, iron, and vitamins in the hummus, the snack also includes calcium via the cheese. R sees it as a treat and I’m happy to see him eating something that’s so good for him.
Hummus is great for school lunches as well. Last year when R was attending day care two days a week, I’d often include some hummus and crackers in his lunch box. It keeps well with an ice brick in a cooler bag. For an even healthier snack, try carrot or celery sticks instead of crackers for dipping into the hummus.
What are some of your children’s favourite snacks? Let’s swap some ideas in the comments!
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