Trying to get the kids to choose carrot sticks over cheese strings can be a struggle. You want your kids to eat healthily, but sometimes the effort to make them do so is just too much to handle, and none of us can deny that we’ve given-in at the supermarket just to avoid an aisle-ten-tantrum.

But, there is a way to get your kids off the junk without them even realising! Sneakily healthy snacks are inundating mum’s forums the world-over, from zuchinni cupcakes to cocoa balls, these bitesize treats are so tasty, the kids cant tell that they’re good for them! Here’s our top three sneaky-snack recipes to get you started…

Coconut, date and cocoa bliss balls
These bliss balls are so tasty that you, and your kids, wont believe they’re as healthy as they are! Start off by blending 2 cups of desicated coconut, 2 cups of dates and 1/2 cup of cocoa powder in a food processor for 3-4 minutes or until smooth. Remove from the processor and scoop a teaspoon or so size amount into the palm of your hand and roll into a ball. Roll the ball into the remaining desicated coconut to lightly coat and you’re done, literally as easy as 123!
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5 minute hummus
Hummus is such a healthy snack that packs a punch of taste! Eat these with carrot and cucumber sticks, or treat the kids with corn chips. You can adapt this recipe to your own taste and add extra flavours such as lemon or chilli to mix it up a bit! In a food processor blend 1 can of chick peas, 1/4 cup of olive oil, 1 clove of garlic, 2 tablespoons of lemon juice, 2 tablespoons of tahini, 3/4 tablespoon salt and 1 teaspoon of cumin powder. Blend until smooth and gradually add 1-2 tablespoons of water to achieve the desired consistency, serve with a drizzle of olive oil and a sprinkle of paprika.
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Apple and banana oat slice
Have you ever read the list of ingredients on the wrapper of a ‘healthy’ meusli bar and almost passed out when you realised just HOW much sugar is packed into those things? Yeah, us too! Perfect for lunch boxes or for arvo tea, swap those sugar-filled snack sticks with one of these SUPER healthy oat slices. Peel and chop 2 apples and cook them in the microwave until mushy. In a separate bowl mash 3 bananas, add 3/4 cup of sultanas and 2 cups of rolled oats, add in the apples and mix well. Line a flat tray with baking paper and pour the mixture out evenly – it should be slightly less than 1 inch thick. Bake in the oven until golden brown and then slice. You can add as many ingredients as you want to this such as nuts, seeds, berries, dates, apricots and even cereals!
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