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I’m here to make your life as easy as possible. So, here are 6 recipes you can batch cook this week and fill up your freezer with 126 snacks! Divide that by 31 days and that works out at 4 months of snacks for kids. How would it feel to know you had all of that food in your freezer? I bet pretty good and the best part is that to prep all 6 of these recipes will take you 1 hour and 15 mins. Even if it took you double that time, perhaps you have a little one trying to help, or a baby on your hip (i’ve been there so I know what it’s like)…even at double time, 4 months of snacks will only take 2.5 hours. You could try to make 3 on Saturday and 3 on Sunday. It’s all about making life easy!

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Do kids need snacks?

The answer depends on the age of your child. Babies under the age of 12 months still rely on getting the majority of their nutrition from milk. In fact from 6-12 months, babies get 75% of all their nutrition from milk, which is a lot. In this case, food compliments the milk and it is more important to get established with a solid breakfast, lunch and dinner by the time they reach 12 months. Because of this babies under 12 months do not need snacks – it just takes away from the amount of milk they drink, and need.

Once your baby reaches 12 months, they will be eating those three meals a day and will have stopped bottle feeding and started drinking whole milk. Their nutritional needs are still really high and because their tummies are really small, it is important to introduce high quality snacks into their diet. Typically a child aged 1-4 will have 3 meals per day + 2 snacks – Breakfast, Snack, Lunch Snack, Dinner (small snack before bed).

A snack shouldn’t be the size of a meal, but should be filling and nutritious. High protein will keep your little one full for longer and the inclusion of iron rich foods will also help with brain development which is really important at this age. For example, you can serve any of the snacks below with a side of Greek yogurt, hummus, yogurt dip and a little piece of fruit. This will give your child a balanced, nourishing, healthy snack that will keep them full until their next meal.

For the last snack of the day, I like to serve protein which helps to keep your little one full before they go to sleep and won’t raise their blood sugar and give them energy before sleeping.

Veggie Nuggets for Baby Led Weaning Stacked

Cheese and Veggie Nuggets

These are one of my favourite savoury snacks for kids. The cheese gives them a delicious flavour that kids really love and they are a great way to get a few extra veggies in there. My advice is double up on the recipe. A portion of just one nugget is perfect for children 6 months to 12 months but over that two will suffice. Defrost at room temperature or overnight in a fridge. Reheat in the oven or even quicker in a microwave.

Prep Time 15 Mins | Makes 24 Snacks

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Baby Led Feeding Mini Veggie Baby Empanadas

On the Go Vegetarian Empanadas

To make this recipe quicker, buy a good quality pre-made shortcrust pastry. This saves 15 minutes of your time. Empanadas make an amazing finger food for babies, but they are also a brilliant snack idea for kids too. This recipe is vegetarian but you can also add some minced beef which will add addition iron for your little one. Make up the pastries, cool, then freeze with a little parchment paper inbetween each one. This prevents them from sticking. Defrost at room temperature or overnight in a fridge. Reheat in an oven or microwave.

Prep Time 20 Mins | Makes 16 Snacks

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First Finger Foods for Baby Sweet Potato Cheesy Bites Easy snacks for kids

Sweet Potato Cheesy Puff Bites

These are insanely delicious and are so soft and perfect as a first food for baby led weaning. They also make one of the most delicious snacks for children. Serve with a side of berries (I used strawberries) and a small bowl of Greek yogurt. Lot’s of protein will help keep your child full until their next meal. Store these in a freezer container with a layer of parchment inbetween each one to prevent sticking. Defrost at room temperature or overnight in a fridge. Reheat in the oven or microwave.

Prep Time 10 Mins | Makes 30 Snacks

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Healthy Chickpea Cookies that are refined sugar free especially as a healthy snacks for kids.

Chickpea Cookies – Healthy Snacks for Kids

These are insanely delicious and are so easy to make. Honestly, it takes less than 10 minutes to prep. They are great for the freezer! Take one out in the morning for a snack, let it defrost at room temperature and thats pretty much it! You can also make and store in a cookie tin for around 5 days.

Prep Time 10 Mins | Makes 16 Snacks

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Teething biscuits for baby led weaning in a jar.

The Ultimate Teething Biscuit

These teething cookies are packed full of healthy fats, protein, iron and are so delicious too. Store in an airtight container for one week,, or you can also freeze. Take a portion out in the morning and defrost at room temperature.

Prep Time 10 Mins | Makes 16 Snacks

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Carrot Cake Bites Healthy Snacks for Kids

Sugar Free Carrot Cake Bites

One of our favourite healthy snack ideas for kids. These Carrot Cake Bites are delicious! Easy to make (they take 5 minutes prep) and kids love them! They are also packed full of fibre and are a great source of protein too which will help keep your little one full until dinner time. Make up a double batch then roll into balls, this will take you a little longer than 5 minutes. However, you can also empty the contents into a dish lined with parchment. Leave to set and then cut into little squares. So much quicker. Store in the fridge for one week or freeze! They defrost at room temperature in less than 30 minutes or you can defrost overnight in a fridge.

Prep Time 10 Mins | Makes 12 Snacks (but I double up the recipe to make 24)

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