The weather here today is awful!
The weather here today is awful!
We ran out of snacks yesterday and the kids were getting hangry! (It was 9 am so didn’t bode well!) I decided to rummage in the cupboards and see what I could make for them to avoid a non essential trip to the shops.
I don’t know about you but I love pop tarts! They’re a real guilty pleasure of mine as an occasional treat but lets face it, they aren’t the healthiest of snacks. I decided to have a go at making something a little bit healthier that I could enjoy with the kids and it was surprisingly easy.
These porridge cups are so quick and easy to make. They’re just 2 ingredients and are perfect for serving fun little snacks. I served mine with yoghurt and fruit but you could fill with ice cream and use as a healthy alternative to cones or whatever else you can think of!
Anyone who has followed me for a while will know that I love Organix snacks for my kids. I’ve always been a firm believer of giving treats in moderation as part of teaching my children to eat a balanced diet and if I can find healthier options then that’s always a bonus!
These refined sugar free treats are really easy to make and are loads of fun for little foodies. (I don’t know about you but my kids love anything in fancy shapes!) This was my first attempt at making these so there’s a few things I’d change if I made them again (just with the presentation) but I’ve added my top tips based on my mistakes in the recipe below!
I don’t know about you but the second we have a bit of sunshine my son immediately asks for ice lollies! Shop bought ones can be expensive and full of sugar and additives so I picked up some silicone ice pop moulds from B&M to make our own healthy smoothie ice pops.
It’s been a grim weekend here, really windy and rainy. Harry goes completely stir crazy when he can’t get out as much as he’d like so I decided to do some baking with him to keep him entertained! He loves baking and these banana and raspberry oat bars were the perfect recipe to make together. It’s really quick, easy and he loved learning how to make repeating patterns when adding the toppings! They are perfect for a healthy snack in packed lunches and went down a treat with Harry and Megan!
I know it’s still November but I asked on social media and it seems that people are ready for the festive spam so here it is. My first festive recipe of the year! These orange and cranberry biscuits are the perfect treat for your little one. With no added refined sugar they make a great snack for your little ones (they also taste great with a cup of tea for us parents)!
These banana and peanut butter energy balls are really quick and easy to make and perfect for cooking with your little ones. I made these with Harry who loved being my helper. They would be perfect for packed lunches (They will be going in Harry’s to school next week) or for a tasty, healthy treat. Harry loves getting involved in the kitchen at the moment and I’m constantly looking for healthy treats we can make together. These were perfect for getting my little foodie involved!
It’s been a while since Harry and I baked together. This was another, ‘make it up as we went along’ recipe. It was really quick and easy to make and they were so tasty! Healthy too which is always a bonus!
I’ll be honest, there’s not an awful lot of interests that Harry and I share. Don’t get me wrong, I love learning all about snails, dinosaurs and mud with him and I’ve found enjoyment in activities I never thought I would but it’s not what comes naturally to me. Recently we’ve started spending Megan’s nap times baking or cooking together and it’s become one of my favourite parts of the day. We make something most days, whether it’s baking cakes or just making scrambled egg on toast, and through cooking together have found a wonderful shared interest and a new way to bond.
With the weather being so sunny, frozen treats have been the perfect way to help cool the kids down while providing my 8 month old’s gums with a bit of relief while she’s teething. Shop bought ice lollies tend to be expensive and full of sugar and additives so I’ve been making my own. I had some leftover mix the other day and, on a whim poured it into some moulds.
I’ve always been a big fan of feeding my children the healthiest food possible, with as little effort as possible. I love making my own baby and toddler snacks as it’s the best way to know what’s in them. However, as a mum of two children under 3 years old, I also love a shortcut! Harry is now at an age where he wants ‘treats’ and I am trying to teach him about having them in moderation. Megan is weaning and hates being left out so I’m always looking for something that they can both enjoy!
I’m back on it this week at Slimming World and feeling positive about losing the weight I gained last week. I’m still battling the sweet cravings though and am fighting against the urge to fall back on my old ways of, ‘if you can’t have sleep have sugar.’ Today I had terrible chocolate cravings but didn’t want to fall at the first hurdle. I decided to get creative and make some 1 syn cheesecakes instead. They were tasty, not quite a family sized bar of galaxy caramel but they definitely curbed the sweet cravings. They worked out at 1 syn each but the recipe makes 2… and I ate them both!
Yesterday was one of those days where Harry decided he wanted a biscuit. He seems to think he’s the Highway Rat at the moment and is developing quite a sweet tooth. He will appear at the door of the kitchen and say, in his best baddie voice, “give me your buns and your biscuits, give me your chocolate and cake.” I decided to make him a little treat with some bits and bobs that we had in the cupboard and created these blueberry and carrot flapjacks.
These quinoa chocolate cake bites have very quickly become a new favourite in our house. They are super easy to make and healthy, but taste really naughty so are a great alternative to standard chocolate cake or brownies!
These healthy, festive chickpea cookies are full of flavour and make the perfect Christmas treat! They’re really easy to make and are refined sugar and gluten free. I’m going to make some of these for Harry’s Christmas party this weekend and I think we’ll make some to leave out for Father Christmas on Christmas Eve too. Obviously, if you don’t celebrate Christmas these can be made without the festive shapes or writing but as Christmas is getting nearer I couldn’t resist putting a little twist on an old favourite recipe!
Harry’s going through a phase at the moment where he’s constantly asking for cake and biscuits. Don’t get me wrong, he also asks for lots of fruit but I’m finding more and more that he’s asking for a ‘treat’ and as he gets older I want to teach him that it’s ok to have treats in moderation. In doing this I’ve found more creative ways to give him occasional treats while still keeping them as healthy as possible. The spiced apple and pear slices recipe was made up as I went along this morning when we both fancied something sweet but had nothing in the house. It has no refined sugars in and was really quick and easy to make.
These berry coconut balls are quick, easy to make and a great energy boost for your little one! Harry seems to be hungry all the time at the moment and constantly wanting to snack so I made these to keep him fuller for longer! He really enjoyed them and so did I! Continue reading “Berry coconut balls”
I often get asked about what snacks I give Harry throughout the day so thought I’d share with you some of my favourite snack ideas. I try to keep Harry’s snacks as healthy as possible but do let him have little treats occasionally. Continue reading “25 Baby and toddler snack ideas”
This tasty, healthy mango ice cream is quick and easy to make and super tasty!
As someone who likes to make a lot of Harry’s food from scratch myself I try to be wary of the snacks I buy for him. Like any parent, I want to give my child the healthiest foods possible but I also want quick and easy cheat foods that I can pop in my bag and take with us with no fuss or preparation.