When you’re a parent, making sure your child has a balanced diet is really important. Especially if it’s a time full of treats like birthdays and holidays.
But treats and snacks don’t have to be ‘bad’. I’ve found some healthier alternatives to crisps. Your children won’t feel like they’re missing out yet they’re not as bad for their tiny bodies.
The first alternative we tried was Hippeas, a snack made from chickpeas. The texture is like a Wotsit but a little bit firmer. It’s perfect for little ones who can’t handle a crunchy crisp.
They come in two flavours, “Cheese and Love” and “Sweet and Smokin”. We went for the Sweet and Smokin. It had a BBQ flavour, but it wasn’t too overpowering. They came in a 78g bag, available in Tesco for £1.79. Per 25g serving, they have 0.3g salt and 0.7g sugar.
I would happily give these to my boys to snack on. We’d never heard of these before, but they’re now a firm favourite in our household!
Kettle Chips also make a version of these but I decided to test out Morrison’s own, on the basis that they were cheaper. However, looking at the nutritional value, Kettle Chips seem to be healthier.
The Kettle chips have a salt content of 0.25g per 100g, compared to 1.06g in the Morrison’s own. Based on that, it’s probably worth spending a little bit more.
If you fancy, you could try making your own. Thinly slice root vegetables, lay them in a single layer on a baking sheet and bake them until they’re crisp. That way, you know exactly what your children are eating.
Peckish Rice Crackers
Crackers are a good alternatives to crisps. Some popular brands are quite high in salt and sugar, so they’re not necessarily better. Peckish crackers are made from rice flour, and they’re thinner than conventional crackers.
This makes them light, and they almost melt in your mouth when eating them. They come in a 100g pack, which contains roughly 50 crackers. In a 20g serving (around ten crackers), there’s 0.21g of salt and 1.9g of fat. We got the Tangy BBQ flavour (can you tell it’s a favourite flavour here?!) and these were definitely mine and my one year old’s favourite.
For a 100g pack in Morrison’s it’s £1, but in Tesco, they sell a multipack of five individual 20g bags for £1.79.
You may have read articles surrounding harmful levels of arsenic in rice crackers. However the occasional rice based snack is safe. But, the advice is that children under five shouldn’t have rice milk as a substitute to breast or cow’s milk. This could push their rice consumption over the recommended limit.
To be completely safe though, avoid rice based snacks until they’re a bit older.
Popcorn is a popular snack with my two year old. I sometimes buy the kernels and make it myself, but I don’t always have the time. Propercorn is a great readymade low-fat and low-salt popcorn.
We only like sweet popcorn in our household, so we bought the Sweet Coconut and Vanilla variety. It was delicious! It wasn’t too sweet or overbearing, and the coconut and vanilla both came through. In a 25g serving, there;s 0.05g of salt and 3.8g of sugar.
This was £1 from Morrison’s for a 100g bag but it’s usually £1.57. Tesco are selling a kid’s multipack of “Simply Sweet” popcorn for £1.79. This got my toddler’s seal of approval, 100%!
While in Morrison’s, I spotted bags of toffee apple crisps. They were 70p for a 20g bag or two for £1. The sugar content is quite high (14.6g) but the bag doesn’t say how much of that is naturally occurring.
They weren’t too sweet to taste, in fact they had a sour note to them. Neither of my children liked them but then I made my own and they loved those.
I thinly sliced an apple (Granny Smith) and baked them just like I did the root vegetables mentioned above. These were neither too sweet nor too sour and I know exactly what went into them.
Our Favourite Alternatives to Crisps
Based on our taste test, Peckish and Hippeas will be making their way into our house on a regular basis. And not just for the children!