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Easy snack from the supermarket: Porridge pouches

29 Jul
Baby Food Porridge Pouch

Baby Food Porridge Pouch

I sometimes buy these baby food porridge pouches when they’re on special at the supermarket. My favourite ones to buy are actually the organic ones (not the one in the photograph, which was just the one on special at the time) because the organic ones seem to have the best ingredients. These are really convenient as snacks or small meals and Koha loves having them in her lunch box to ‘sip’ on. They are also pretty yummy and nice for adults too 🙂

I can’t cook – healthy snacks

22 Jul
Fruits and vegetables

Fruits and vegetables make great snacks (Photo credit: nutrilover)

If you aren’t able to cook for whatever reason, that’s no reason to forgo healthy meals. These snacks and lunch box ideas are all easy and require minimal or no preparation.
Prepared by the Earth
Mother nature can be so kind, as she’s already prepared the following snacks for us ready to eat. All we need to go is buy them from the supermarket, or pull them off the tree or out of the ground.
  • Banana
  • Apple
  • Carrots (or baby carrots for extra cuteness)
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Sunflower Seeds
  • Pumpkin Seeds
  • Apricots
  • Pears
  • Peanuts
  • Almonds
Minimal Preparation at Home 
  • Sandwiches
  • Wraps
  • Salads
  • Baked potatoes
  • Porridge
  • Eggs
  • Barley

Store Bought Snacks

  • Baby food pouches of porridge or organic veges or fruit (really easy to eat for adults too)
  • Cheese
  • Marinated mussels
  • Smoked chicken
  • Smoked eel
  • Sushi
  • Sandwiches, wraps, salads
  • Deli meats
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Koha’s Lunch: Sandwiches, Egg, Blueberries, Carrots, Olives

2 Jul
Koha's Lunch

Sandwiches (homemade hummus spread on Freyas bread), blueberries, hardboiled egg, carrots, olives.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner: Protein Pancakes! (Gluten & Lactose free)

29 Jun
Blueberry Pancake

Yum Yum Blueberry Pancakes!

Koha is obsessed with these blueberry pancakes, and if she had her way we’d have them for breakfast, lunch, and dinner! Luckily these pancakes are also very nutritionally dense, and while I wouldn’t recommend them for every meal (way too many egg whites for one day), they are a healthy everyday meal option and can be slipped into the lunch box and eaten cold. This recipe doesn’t have any dairy and, depending on the brand of oats used, are also gluten free. I always laugh when Koha takes these pancakes in her lunch box to creche because they look like they are less healthy than the standard jam sandwiches other children at creche have, but they are actually much healthier. We will post a video of us making these delicious pancakes soon (as I’ve promised Koha we will).

Ingredients: (makes about 4 serves)

– rolled or quick oats, 2 cups
– stevia, 1/4 cup
– baking soda, 1/2 teaspoon
– salt, 1/8th teaspoon
– egg whites, x 6-8 eggs (size dependent) *
– vanilla essence – 1 teaspoon (optional)
– water about 1-1.5 cups, cold or warm but not hot
– blueberries 1 handful 
– canola oil spray

Method:

1: Turn the oats into oat flour by putting them through the blender until fine. Doesn’t need to be perfect, just sorta like flour.

2: Mix all the dry ingredients well.

3: Add in the vanilla & egg whites & mix.

4: Slowly mix in water. You should have a batter about the same as for normal pancake recipes, perhaps slightly thicker

5: Fold the blueberries into this batter. Try not to mix too much because it looks better if you don’t.. otherwise they become blue pancakes instead of white ones with blueberries inside them.

6: Heat frying pan, and lightly spray bottom of pan with canola oil spray.

7: Pour batter into pan. I like to do dollops which are small enough so that the resulting pancake can fit into the toaster.

8: Like with normal pancake recipes, turn when bubbles appear.

9: When cooked remove from pan (when you have made pancakes before you become good at judging this, if you are still unsure of your abilities, the best way is to cook one smaller pancake on one half of the pan, and when it gets bubbles you flip it and pour some more batter on the other half of the pan, when that second one gets bubbles you flip the second one and remove the first one.. and continue that way… at most you burn 1 pancake.)

10: DONE! Either eat immediately, or pop into the fridge and toast them later in the toaster (that’s what my husband will do every morning as I make these babies in bulk), or eat them cold later. You can eat these plain, or add a topping like honey, butter, or peanut butter.

We initially started making these because my husband and I were following a weight training program and diet from www.bodybuilding.com, which required breakfasts of egg whites and oats. This pancake incorporates those main ingredients in an appetizing way. The addition of blueberries (super food!!) packs these pancakes with additional antioxidants, which are really good for maintaining a healthy body and which also support recovery when training or exercising.

Because these protein pancakes do not have any additional protein powders added to them, they are fine for children to have. * To make them even better for children, you should half the number of eggs and use whole eggs instead of just whites, because the yolks of eggs are an excellent source of healthy fat and nutrients which support brain development. You could also try them as waffles by cooking them in a waffle iron, or you could switch the blueberries for something like bananas for a new flavour.

Koha’s Lunch: Dipping Snacks Hummus or Yoghurt

27 Jun
Hummus Lunch Box

Hummus is a fantastic and healthy option for the lunch box

There’s just something about the action of dipping that makes eating fun. For Koha’s lunch I gave her a variety of things which she could dip into this homemade hummus (we will put a cooking show video up soon). Wholegrain toast, carrots and rice crackers are all good options for serving with this homemade dip. I haven’t tried banana with hummus, but who’s to say that wouldn’t taste good too?

Yoghurt is another alternative for healthy dipping. Carrot sticks or celery taste amazing with yoghurt.

I’m a big advocate for taking the tricks of the fast-food junk-food companies and applying them as a Mum for the purpose of getting my child to eat and love healthy foods. This lunch uses loads of bright and interesting colours. It also uses the trick of small things. Chips and lollies are small, and I know from experience just how easy it is to eat a lot of those! These snacks are all “fun size”, and I’ve noticed that when I serve vegetables like this Koha actually eats a lot more of them.