I was on dessert duty this weekend for a BBQ we were attending, and I decided to bring something healthy. Fruit platters are a nice and easy dessert for large groups, and especially delicious on a hot day!
I also knew that there would be a lot of kids around, so I wanted something practical for everyone.... and this is what I threw together!
Eat the Rainbow Dessert Fruit Platter
1 green apple- thinly sliced into discs
1 red apple- thinly sliced into discs
1 pear, cut into spears, sees removed
4 kiwis, peeled and sliced
1 large mandarin, peeled and segmented
1/2 a medium watermelon, quartered and sliced into triangles
1 large passionfruit, drizzled on top
1 punnet of blueberries
Arrange on a plate and enjoy!
Nutritious Dairy- Free Toddler Snack
(or breakfast), Serves 1
Coconut yogurt (Dairy free/Vegan Option)
Added (optional) toppings:
Raw honey (if over the age of 1)
Fresh fruit, like blueberries or strawberries
Why these toppings?
Sesame seeds are high in fibre which is great for digestive health. A mere three tablespoons of sesame seeds have a whopping 5 grams of protein. They are also high in calcium (3 tablespoons of unhulled sesame seeds have 22% of the RDI).
Goji berries contain all EIGHT essential amino acids. A single 4oz serving contains 10% of your daily value for protein... and it's a fruit! They are also great for added vitamin C, fibre and iron.
Flaxseeds are high in protein, fibre and omega-3 fatty acids.
Would your toddler enjoy this simple snack?
Tell me in the comments below!
This a quick and easy raw and cooked mezze platter that would make an excellent lunch, snack or dinner.
✖️Raw zucchini spears
✖️Cooked eggplant, sweet potato and zucchini
✖️Raw carrot spears
Would your toddler like this spread? Tell me in the comments below!
The weather has been fantastic is Sydney, so lovely and warm, and it seemed like the perfect opportunity to start giving my daughter some nutrient dense, refreshing smoothies.
Keeping with the theme of our "war on waste," I raided the fridge to get some inspiration and see what needed to be used. I came up with this delicious smoothie which I enjoyed just as much as she did! This smoothie makes a great snack or a wonderful addition to your toddler's breakfast.
Toddler Friendly Green Smoothie
Serves 1 hungry toddler
1/2 a zucchini, raw and unpeeled
1/2 fresh banana
1 large handful of kale (stems removed)
2 organic frozen strawberries
Almond Milk (carrageenan free). I'm trying this one at the moment, which is sold at Aldi.
-----> The more almond milk, the larger (and thinner) the smoothie. Personally, I like thick smoothies, but kids won't be able to drink them if the are too thick, so keep that in mind!
I eyeball the almond milk, but if I had to guess, I'd say about 1/2 a cup would do the trick!
Place all the ingredients in the blender and blend until smooth. Very smooth if you have picky eaters or kids that are sensitive to textures.
Coconut flakes (make sure this is age appropriate for your child)
A drizzle of raw honey if your kids are 1 year +
TIP: I like serving it with a stainless steel straw because it makes less mess and also prevents choking hazards.
You guys know how I feel about turmeric if you read my latest blog post.
These burgers are so easy and make, healthy and fantastic for 8+ months - toddlers (and beyond). My daughter loved them. I like to incorporate some type of homemade burger on my Saturday meal prep day, and this is my latest made-up recipe which was a hit on all fronts, with all members of the family.
Turmeric Chicken Burgers
(makes 7-9 patties )
500 grams of chicken mince (free range, organic, you do you)
1 bunch coriander, washed well and roughly chopped
1 white onion, peeled and grated
1 egg (if vegan, don't use an egg- or add a tablespoon of chia seeds if you want)
1 large carrot, trim ends, peel, then grated
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp garlic salt
Take the mince out of the fridge 30 minutes prior to making the burgers
Add all the ingredients to a large bowl and mix well with your hands
While pan heats up, roll into desired size patties. Add a tablespoon of coconut oil (or avocado oil), and the cook approximately 4 minutes per side.
For the Love of Food
I think eating well is a form of self-respect, and that's evident in my recipes.