When your munchers start eating like Baby Sharks it’s quite scary!
They hover around staring at you, licking their lips and sometimes I’m so scared I just throw things at them.
I’ve started to carry a bucket around with me with various, healthy snacks to ensure they are eating the healthiest options.
It’s like feeding time at the zoo!
Here are some of their favourites;
1. Banana bread is a huge favourite in our house. Even with the adults but it never seems to last very long.
1/2 cup melted coconut oil or olive oil.
1/3 cup honey or maple syrup – this is optional because the bananas make the load very sweet anyway.
1/4 cup milk or Greek yogurt.
1 teaspoon vanilla extract.
1 cup mashed ripe bananas about 2-3 medium, mature bananas.
1 3/4 cups white whole wheat flour or regular whole wheat flour or gluten free flour.
Mix all of the above together in a stick proof loaf tray and cook at 220 degrees for about 20 minutes.
This will make about 8 – 12 portions or can be made into muffins.
Additions: You can also add blueberries, chocolate chips or peanut butter.
2. Protein balls or bars; I’m not great with recipes and normally throw things together that I already have in my cupboard. These will release energy slowly without delivering huge energy peak, followed by a crash and burn situation – which isn’t helpful for anyone!
2 cups raw almonds.
20 medjool dates, pitted.
1/2 cup of cocoa powder.
1/2 cup all-natural peanut butter.
3 tablespoons maple syrup, honey or agave.
Stick all of this in the food processor and then either roll into balls or put in a tray and flatten into bars. I top ours with some coconut shavings.
Price: £3.20 and this will make about 10-15 bars or 20 balls.
3. Salad with a twist (and a turn). I give the children salad a few times a week and the only way they eat this is if we pretend to be rabbits – which is way too exhausting! So I use a ‘spiralizer’ which I bought when I found out I was gluten intolerant and I lived in Malta. This is the best invention to encourage kidlets to eat veg. They love It and we do carrots, apples and cucumber. Sometimes we make a batch and they go in and out of the fridge and help themselves.
3. Healthy strawberry ice cream is another snack / dessert that does not last long in our house and at under £0.20 a portion, it really is worth it.
Half a bag of frozen strawberries £1
2 medium avocados £0.50
½ liter of Greek or normal yogurt £1
1 large spoonful of honey or agave
Whiz all of this up in the food processor. Freeze in a Tupperware.
12-18 servings and it really is delicious.
5. Fruit kebabs. This is the snack idea that keeps on giving. The ideas and combinations are endless. Great for picnics, parties, special treats, snacks, a side with breakfast, lunch or dinner and you can customise it to what your bambinos like.
We normally go for:
An apple – £0.20
Box of grapes – £1
Strawberries – £1
Orange or tangerine – £0.10
Mango – £1
2 bananas – £0.40
3 kiwis – £1
This will make 15-20 kebabs, about £0.32 per kebab.