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Healthy crisps for a picnic lunch

My kids don’t seem to think that it’s a perfect picnic unless there’s also a bag of crisps present.

And while I try to avoid including crisps in their school packed lunches – I really don’t want them to expect it as their right – I’m not an ogre, and I do give way for a family weekend picnic, opting usually for healthy-ish bags of crisps.

I say ‘healthy-ish’ because I make sure they’re the smaller 20g packets – as found in a multi-pack – and I also select varieties that are lower in calories, for example Quavers.

But on my quest for junk-free alternatives, I’ve discovered two healthy natural alternatives and… drumroll… my kids rather enjoyed them: apple crisps and pitta crisps.

Both types of crisps are simple to make. For the apple crisps, just slice the fruit very thinly and bake them in a very low oven until they are, well, crispy of course. (Recipe comes thanks to Holly Bell, the mum behind the blog Recipes from a Normal Mum and a finalist in the Great British Bake-Off in 2011.)

To make pitta crisps, cut the bread in half, and then into triangles to make thin crisps. Again bake in a low oven, for about 25 minutes.

pitta crisps for a picnic

My three kids demolished both containers of crisps and didn’t ask for the usual bagged variety once. And we found they’re perfect for dipping into homemade hummus too. They’ve even asked to make the crisps again, which says it all.

Recipe for homemade hummus

hummus1 x 410g tin of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
Juice of a lemon
120ml olive oil
1 crushed garlic clove
Black pepper

Blend all the ingredients together. Add extra oil if necessary to taste.

 

This blog post was written in support of the Organix #NoJunk Challenge.

Orange LogoIt can be difficult to eat food with no junk, so join the Organix challenge to say no to junk and yes to healthy, real food for your family. Sign up to get involved by clicking on http://www.organix.com/nojunk

 

 

 

You might also like to read:

6 kitchen tools for healthy summer eating for kids
Healthy lamb, quinoa and feta burgers
The Organix #NoJunk Challenge

 


Comments (16)

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    you baby me mummy

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    We buy apple crisps but I think after this I am going to make them x

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      healthiermummy

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      It’s really easy. Am sure you’ll like them.

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    Rachel

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    I am a huge fan of Hummus, especially if I have some carrot batons or celery to eat it with. Just tried my first ever apple crisps and not sure I 100% like them, but they were different x

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      healthiermummy

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      I love hummus too, but sorry you didn’t like the apple crisps though.

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    Emma

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    What great ideas! Love the apple crisps, bet they are delicious! :)

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      healthiermummy

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      They were – really tasty!

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    Rachel @ Parenthood Highs and Lows

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    These look great and something to definitely try. We have tried making ‘lasagne doritos’ before, which is a slimming world recipe, where you spray lasange sheets in low cal oil and then bake them, they’re lovely as well!

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      healthiermummy

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      Mmm, sounds good! My kids would like those too

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    Louisa

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    I love vegetable crisps but the rest of the family aren’t so keen. I know they would love the pitta bread crisps, they would enjoy dipping them into hummus.

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    Angela Spicer

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    I love pitta crisps, but apple crisps are a little too sweet for me.

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    Clare @ Emmys Mummy

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    I do love houmous and pitta bread. Sadly my kids don’t.

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    Globalmouse

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    Gosh that really does look healthy…and tasty too! I love the idea of the apple crisps, yum!

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    Jen aka Muminthemadhouse

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    Ooh Apple crisp – must try those. My boys like home made kale crisps

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    Jess Howliston

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    These look great and an idea I will definitely be trying for my 5 year old little boy. He can be a bit of a crisp monster and I do try and limit the amount he eats so these could be fab! xx

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    Shell Louise

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    As a slimming world member, I’m always on the lookout for healthier versions of favourite snacks so these are great :) Another one a lot of my fellow members like is to cook sheets of lasagne then cut into triangles and bake until crispy. They’re like doritos but with a lot less calories!

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    Laura

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    I’m not a fan of hummus, but the apple crisps sounds good. I’ve also found that my children quite like oatcakes (seasoned ones of course) as an alternative to traditional crackers.

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