Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Valentines day is just around the corner and its a great time of year to incorporate some easy food art fun into your little ones meals. Food art doesn't have to be complicated, only a few extra minutes can make a meal or snack more fun or educational.



Putting food on a stick is a way to instantly make a meal more fun! Sometimes just changing things up is a great way to keep kids interested in food or to encourage picky eaters to try new foods.


So to make some valentines fruity sticks you will need some wooden skewers and a heart cookie cutter. You can use whatever fruit you like but I went for strawberries and watermelon just because they were red.


Simply cut hearts into your fruit using your cookie cutters and then carefully place them onto the skewers. That's it, it's that easy! Enjoy as part of breakfast by perhaps dipping it into some yogurt or having as a healthy snack.




Sunday, 22 January 2017

Peanut butter was not a big part of my life when I was growing up, my parents didn't like it so myself and my sister never ate it. It just became one of those things in life I thought I didn't like. I never actually offered Jessica any peanut butter maybe for the same reason, it was something I never bought so it didn't occur to me to let Jessica try it for herself. I got given a free jar so I then thought I may as well try it with her but she said she didn't like it. I tried some myself and was pleasantly surprised. I didn't think wow where has this been all my life but it was definitely something I could start using. When it came to weaning Oliver I had no hesitation in offering him peanut butter from an early age (we have no history of nut allergy's). Well it was safe to say that he loved it. He really is the peanut butter fan in the house.


National peanut butter day is on the 24th of January so I've complied a round up of some fantastic recipes for you to try out all containing the magic ingredient! Some of them are really going to surprise you!




Sweet Treats

1) Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Oat Muffins (Kat's Delicious Kitchen)

A super yummy chocolate muffin that children will love.


2) Chocolate Chia Cookies ( My Fussy Eater)

Chocolate cookies with health benefits and only 4 ingredients!


3) Chickpea Banana Chocolate Slice ( My Kids Lick The Bowl)

High in fiber and protein you could almost get away with having it for breakfast!


4) Peanut Butter Granola Bar (Tiny Tummy Tales)

A fantastic recipe containing lots of healthy ingredients topped with chocolate, a sure winner!



Breakfast Ideas

5) Peanut Butter Honey Pancakes (Baby Toddler Foods)

These are perfect for a weekend treat breakfast


6) Peanut Butter Porridge Cups (All About Kids)

A delicious breakfast cup made with banana, oats and peanut butter to keep tummies full until lunch.


7) Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie (My Fussy Eater)

A smoothie recipe that includes chocolate but is still healthy enough for breakfast with some hidden spinach included!


8) Banana French Toast Sushi (Simply Hendrix)

A great alternative to traditional french toast.



Healthy Snacks

9) Raspberry and Coconut Energy Bites (My Fussy Eater)

An amazing healthy energy bite filled with protein and no refined sugar.


10) Banana Peanut Butter Sweet Potato Sandwiches (Healthy Little Foodies)

We love a banana and peanut butter combination and would never have thought of adding sweet potato to it!


11) Peanut Butter Oaty Protein Balls (All About Kids)

A great yummy energy ball full of goodies and no refined sugar.


12) Raspberry Peanut Butter Freezer Bites (Healthy Little Foodies)

A great refreshing healthy sweet snack only containing 5 ingredients.



Main Meals

13) Chicken Satay Burgers (Healthy Little Foodies)

A fantastic healthy meal that all the family will love.


14) Kid Friendly Vegetarian Chilli (Kitchen Counter Chronicles)

A superb vegetarian chilli recipe with a surprise addition of peanut butter.


15) Satay Pork and Egg Fried Rice (Babyled Blog)

A great Chinese dish that is quick and easy to make especially when you marinate the night before!


16) Satay Vegetable Noodles (My Fussy Eater)

A quick and easy 5 minute meal for the whole family




Thursday, 12 January 2017

So when any child free opportunity arises I tend to try and bake. I had an unprecedented 5 whole hours to myself on Tuesday so I tried to bake as many things as possible as I really needed to re stock my freezer stash! I made some of our favourtites including carrot savoury flapjack and some banana and blueberry muffins. I still had some free time and for some reason I still had ample carrots left over so impulsively started to pull together a carrot muffin. 



As I know my banana and blackberry muffin recipe works a treat I used that as a base but obviously decided to sub the blackberries for carrots and I chucked in a few apples. I was actually pleasantly surprised at how well this came together. Oliver absolutely loved them. I decided to give them a second go so I could also get some pictures and tweaked them slightly and now they are spot on! These muffins are free from added sugar and only contains naturally occurring sugars. These are perfect as part of a healthy breakfast, lunch or a snack. I hope your little one enjoys them. 



Carrot and Apple Muffins

Ingredients

1 banana, mashed
2 medium carrots (80g), grated and excess water squeezed out
2 small apples, grated and excess water squeezed out
2 eggs, beaten
175g of wholemeal flour
1 tsp of cinnamon
1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
60g of unsalted butter
!/2 cup of milk


Method

Melt the butter in a pan over a low heat then leave to one side. Sift the flour, cinnamon and bicarbonate of soda into a large bowl. Add the beaten eggs to the banana mixture and then add the melted butter and mix really well. Then add the grated carrot and apple to the banana mixture and make sure its all combined with the banana mixture. Add the wet bowl to the dry bowl and stir gently. add the milk in slowly and only use what you need. 



If the mixture seems too dry add a little more at a time until you get the right consistency. Then transfer into a greased muffin tin or use silicone cases. I put this in at 160 fan for around 25 to 30 minutes until they are well risen and springy. If you do not have a fan oven perhaps use 180 and keep and eye on them from around 20 minutes.