Healthy eating along with a healthy lifestyle are important to leading a happy, healthy, active life. Let’s face it, we really are what we eat. Naturally as a parent we want to feed our kids healthy food but sometimes we experience push back from kids that won’t eat their veggies or we may just run out of ideas. Well, here to help you with the later problem is a new book from health guru, Lee Holmes, called Supercharged Food for Kids. If you are looking for wholesome, nutrient-rich meals and fun healthy snacks kids will actually eat, there are plenty of fantastic ideas in this book. I will give you a brief run-down on the book and then share a fun healthy snack recipe from the book that just may make you want to play with your food and eat it!
Supercharged Fun Snacks
The book is all about “Building stronger, healthier, brighter kids from the ground up”. It is divided into two parts. The first part is full of resources to help kids establish positive eating habits. You will find plenty of information on your child’s nutrient needs and food allergies and intolerances. You will also get great tips for removing sugar and additives from your child’s diet and packing and presenting a creative lunchbox.
The second part of the book is packed with supercharged food recipes. From shakes and drinks, to breakfasts, lunchbox ideas, and healthy meals, you will find plenty of meal solutions that your kids will love to eat and that will deliver the nutrients needed to help sustain their energy levels, keep their mood up, concentrate and perform at their best. Plus, she had plenty of fun healthy snacks kids will enjoy and that will help transform fussy eaters into healthy eaters. The book is available at your local book retailer or through my affiliate link at Amazon.
Sometime It Is OK To Play With Your Food
Some fun, healthy snacks kids will love because they can play with them! Well, if a fun presentation helps get kiddos to adopt positive eating habits, why not try it?
The following recipe was excerpted with permission from Supercharged Food for Kids (Murdoch Books / August 7, 2018).
VEGIE NOUGHTS AND CROSSES (Or as I would say Veggie Tic Tac Toe)
2 slices brown rice or buckwheat bread
1 slice sourdough bread
2 teaspoons Hummus the hero (below)
2 teaspoons Cucumber and yoghurt dip (below)
1 celery stalk
4 thin slices carrot
Cut five 4 cm (1 1 2 inch) squares from the brown rice bread and four 4 cm (1 1 2 inch) squares from the sourdough and set aside. Spread the sourdough squares with hummus and the brown rice bread squares with yoghurt dip.
On a large platter or tray, arrange the bread squares to form a checkerboard pattern with the brown rice bread in the corners and centre. Cut ten 5 cm (2 inch) long thin pieces from the celery stalk to make crosses and place on the brown rice squares, then place the carrot slices on the sourdough squares to make noughts.
More fun healthy snacks for kids
These fun, healthy snacks kids will love are perfect for after school snacks and you just may want to join in on the veggie tic tac toe fun with your kids. These fun, healthy snacks could be prepared with store bought dip but for extra supercharged goodness, the dip recipes are included in the book and reprinted with permission below. Let’s face it, dips are great for making snack time more fun!
CUCUMBER AND YOGHURT DIP
WF GF SF NF
MAKES 375 ML (13 FL OZ/1 1 2 CUPS)
- 1 medium Lebanese (short) cucumber, peeled, cut in half lengthways, seeds removed
- 260 g (9 1 4 oz/1 cup) plain full-fat yoghurt
- 1 garlic clove, crushed
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- large handful of mint leaves, finely chopped
- Celtic sea salt, to taste
Grate the cucumber using the large-holed side of a grater. Transfer to a sieve and squeeze the liquid out with your hands. Combine with the remaining ingredients in a medium bowl and stir well.
HUMMUS THE HERO
WF DF GF SF VG NF
MAKES ABOUT 220 G (7 3 4 OZ/1 CUP)
- 400 g (14 oz) tin chickpeas, rinsed and drained
- 60 ml (2 fl oz/ 1 4 cup) extra virgin olive oil
- 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
Whizz all the ingredients together in a food processor until smooth and creamy. Serve with vegies, 4 pm Pick-up bicks (page 78), or rice or gluten-free crackers.
I hope you enjoy these fun snacks to make and play with. I hope you enjoyed these fun, healthy snacks kids will love. You can get the book for more great recipes!