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Savoury Muffins: now you can have your cake and eat it for lunch.

Sssh until last weekend I was a savoury muffin virgin! Why had no-one introduced me to these lovelies before? I made them on a whim. My kids are really not fans of sandwiches, in fact I’m wondering  about just doing away with bread altogether in our house (my husband may have something to say about that one). So I’m always on the lookout for new lunch combos. Otherwise my kids will turn into crackers….. well they are already a bit crackers to be honest 😉

This little stunner of a recipe hits a bonus point. It is a great way to get extra vegetables in. 

I cooked these up and had to actually stop the small people from eating them all. 4 of them went as a bedtime snack!

Dietitian UK: Jboy with Spinach Muffin

On Monday I send them with a packed lunch to a playgroup with my husband and this week EVERYTHING in their packed lunch was eaten. So my new theory is muffins make the world a better place.

 

Dietitian UK:Spinach Savoury Muffins

Savoury Muffins
Yields 12
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
25 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
25 min
152 calories
15 g
26 g
8 g
4 g
2 g
61 g
287 g
1 g
0 g
5 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
61g
Yields
12
Amount Per Serving
Calories 152
Calories from Fat 75
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8g
13%
Saturated Fat 2g
11%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 4g
Cholesterol 26mg
9%
Sodium 287mg
12%
Total Carbohydrates 15g
5%
Dietary Fiber 1g
3%
Sugars 1g
Protein 4g
Vitamin A
27%
Vitamin C
6%
Calcium
10%
Iron
7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 225g self raising flour
  2. 100g cream cheese
  3. 150g fresh spinach or 6 lumps of frozen spinach (I didn't weigh it)
  4. 1 egg
  5. grated nutmeg
  6. 150ml semi skimmed milk
  7. 60ml oil
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to Gas Mark 6.
  2. Measure the flour out.
  3. Mix in the cream cheese and spinach with the grated nutmeg.
  4. Now add the egg and the milk with the oil.
  5. Mix to a lumpy batter.
  6. Spoon into muffin cases and bake for 20-25 minutes.
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calories
152
fat
8g
protein
4g
carbs
15g
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Dietitian UK http://www.dietitianuk.co.uk/

Rhubarb Crumble Squares (GF, DF, WF).

We’ve just had a wonderful week away in France, where all the food was cooked for us. I love being cooked for. One of the days we had rhubarb crumble. Rhubarb is one of those fruits that I adore but don’t cook very often as the rest of the family are not as keen on it as I am. I love the tart flavour and the way it perfectly compliments custard, another of my favourite foods!

On coming back home we have all felt pretty exhausted. Such is the joy of a holiday and travelling with small children (one of whom did not sleep at all well all week). However after a week out of the kitchen and a week of no flapjack, my creative side was itching to get going. So instead of sitting on the sofa and dozing, like I should have done, I remembered a neglected bag of rhubarb in my freezer. It was literally shouting out to me cooked up into an oaty, crunchy, crispsy, chewy delight. I took inspiration from crumble, a rhubarb crisp recipe that came to me from childhood and my beloved flapjack.

This isn’t any ordinary flapjack. This is rhubarb cooked to a jam consistency, layered ontop of a soft oaty base, topped with crispy oaty bits. I’ll admit I was unsure about the peanut butter, but you know what? It works! Both my kids are instant fans, rhubarb is back on the menu!

A few shots of baking in action:

The rhubarb layer goes on.

Rhubarb Crumble Squares

Before Baking.

Dietitian UK: Rhubarb Crumble Squares before cooking

The finished product:

Dietitian UK: Rhubarb Crumble Squares

Rhubarb Crumble Squares
Yields 12
Naturally sweetened rhubarb on a soft oaty base with a crunchy oat crumble on top. No added sugars. Plenty of natural sweetness and wholegrain goodness.
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Prep Time
20 min
Prep Time
20 min
150 calories
21 g
16 g
6 g
6 g
1 g
71 g
48 g
7 g
0 g
4 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
71g
Yields
12
Amount Per Serving
Calories 150
Calories from Fat 49
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 6g
9%
Saturated Fat 1g
5%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 16mg
5%
Sodium 48mg
2%
Total Carbohydrates 21g
7%
Dietary Fiber 3g
14%
Sugars 7g
Protein 6g
Vitamin A
1%
Vitamin C
3%
Calcium
4%
Iron
6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
For the Rhubarb filling
  1. 300g rhubarb in chunks (I used frozen)
  2. 2 tsp corn flour mixed with 2 tbsp water
  3. 100g dates
  4. 100ml water
For the oaty layer
  1. 200g oats
  2. 100g peanut butter
  3. 1 egg
Instructions
  1. Place the rhubarb in a pan over a medium heat. Let it start to release its juices and cook.
  2. Meanwhile finely chop the dates and add to the pan with 100ml water.
  3. Mix the cornflour with the 2 tbsp water and mix in.
  4. Allow it to all simmer away for 10 minutes, stirring frequently so the rhubarb breaks down and it all become a sort of jam.
  5. Whilst that cooks mix the oats with the peanut butter and the egg.
  6. Spread just over half of the layer on the base of a flapjack pan.
  7. Top with the rhubarb jam.
  8. Crumble the rest of the oat mixture over the top.
  9. Bake in the oven at Gas Mark 5 for 25-30 minutes.
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calories
150
fat
6g
protein
6g
carbs
21g
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Dietitian UK http://www.dietitianuk.co.uk/

Healthy Apricot Fruit Loaf (no added sugar, gluten free)

My afternoons often consist of “Mummy my tummy’s hungry” from Miss K (age 4) and “Mor Mor” with a sign for “Eat” from J-boy (17 months). I swear the toddler boy could graze all afternoon if allowed! I’m constantly on the look out for tasty, healthy snacks for my kids. Generally I prefer to have some savoury snacks around – with some veggies involved when I can sneak them in. However this week, after spending time talking to clients about malt loaf, I was fancying a chewy, sweet but healthy loaf cake that is dense to keep hungry tums full.

This one was knocked up in about 20 minutes with J-boy helping me. He ate some of the apricots, tipped out the flour and licked the spatula clean! I cooked at the same time as our chicken tray bake was in the oven too. That meant both the kids sneaked a piece with their yoghurt after tea 🙂  Let’s just say it was devoured pretty quickly.

Dietitian UK: Apricot Fruit Loaf 3

Mis K: “It’s the goodest cake Mummy, its the goodest cake with fruit in it”

Dietitian UK: Apricot Fruit Loaf 4

Although I made this for the kids, I made it wheat and gluten free so that I can join in the fun too!

Healthy Apricot Fruit Loaf
Serves 15
This is a healthy, no added sugar, low fat, gluten free recipe… completely suitable for toddlers and adults alike.
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
40 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
40 min
196 calories
45 g
0 g
2 g
3 g
0 g
89 g
6 g
16 g
0 g
2 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
89g
Servings
15
Amount Per Serving
Calories 196
Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 2g
3%
Saturated Fat 0g
1%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 6mg
0%
Total Carbohydrates 45g
15%
Dietary Fiber 2g
8%
Sugars 16g
Protein 3g
Vitamin A
35%
Vitamin C
19%
Calcium
7%
Iron
9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 200g dried apricots
  2. 2 oranges
  3. water
  4. 225g rice flour
  5. 1 tsp xanthum gum
  6. 2 tsp baking powder
  7. 1 tsp cinnamon
  8. 50g ground almonds
  9. 350g raisins
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to Gas Mark 3. Grease and line a loaf tin.
  2. Cut up the apricots into small chunks and place in a small saucepan.
  3. Juice the 2 oranges into a measuring jug, make up to 350ml with water and add to the saucepan. Heat to boiling and then turn the heat off.
  4. Mix the flours, xanthum gum, baking powder, cinnamon, ground almonds and raisins together.
  5. Now add the apricots and liquid in, mix well.
  6. The mixture will be thick and sticky (but tasty). Spoon into the loaf tin and bake.
  7. Leave to cool a little in the loaf tin if you can before cooling properly on a wire rack.
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calories
196
fat
2g
protein
3g
carbs
45g
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Dietitian UK http://www.dietitianuk.co.uk/

Great Balls of….Goodness

I’m constantly on the look out for quick, easy, healthy snacks. Life with a toddler and baby with 2 businesses to run means I’m constantly on the go running from the kids to a Pilates class to cooking dinner or to a clinic. So with some baking time on my hands the toddler and I experimented with oats, fruit, peanut butter and seeds to make an easy to eat, healthy, nutritious snack. These are wheat free, dairy free and gluten free if you use gluten free oats.

This was a lot of fun for the toddler, she did later get her hands stuck in and loved squidging it all. Perfect for textures, messy play and all round fun for her. I’ve found these great for eating between Pilates classes or for grabbing as a snack between meals when I’m feeding the baby. 

Perfect for a post-exercise snack due to the protein content and great for mums on the run!

 

 

Oaty Peanut Balls
Serves 15
Great for healthy snacking on the run, for post-workouts and for toddlers/children.
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134 calories
18 g
0 g
6 g
4 g
1 g
31 g
10 g
1 g
0 g
4 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
31g
Servings
15
Amount Per Serving
Calories 134
Calories from Fat 50
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 6g
9%
Saturated Fat 1g
3%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 10mg
0%
Total Carbohydrates 18g
6%
Dietary Fiber 3g
13%
Sugars 1g
Protein 4g
Vitamin A
20%
Vitamin C
1%
Calcium
3%
Iron
8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1 cup oats
  2. 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
  3. 1/2 cup linseeds
  4. 1 cup chopped dried apricots
  5. 4 tsp peanut butter
  6. 3 tsp honey
  7. 1 tsp cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Mix out all the ingredients then take teaspoons of the mixture, squash and roll into balls.
  2. Place in the fridge to firm up.
  3. These can be eaten from the fridge or store in an airtight container.
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calories
134
fat
6g
protein
4g
carbs
18g
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Dietitian UK http://www.dietitianuk.co.uk/

A 3rd birthday party, keeping the sugar down.

Birthdays. I love them. Having a toddler makes them even more fun. The sheer slight on her face when she opens presents and cards is amazing. When there is a 3 year old in the house there has to be a party!

We kept things very low key this year and had a little party at home. Having a studio in the house means we have the luxury of a room without furniture that kids can run around in so we made full use of it having a few little friends over for party games.

Now my toddler, as most do, enjoys cakes and biscuits. However I limit these. Firstly because its just not good to be having them everyday and secondly because she reacts to the sugar and I end up with a hyperactive toddler! So I planned the party food carefully. I also got the toddler involved asking her what she would
Like. She chose melon, grapes and hummus. Strange child!

So here is the spread we ended up with:

Dietitian UK: Toddler Party Food 3
Large sausages sliced up
Cheese and pineapple
Mini eggy muffins
Carrots, cucumber sticks and celery
Hummus
Pom Bear crisps
Ham and tuna sandwiches cut into star and rabbit shapes
Melon
Grapes

Dietitian UK: Toddler Party Food 1

Plus of course the birthday cake which was a sugar fest!

What are your top children’s party foods? I’d love to know.

Cheesy Courgette Biscuits Vlog – great toddler snack.

Recently the husband and the toddler have been have a bit of a “snack-off”. She asks for “pink biscuits”, “sweeties” and snacks that generally she knows are not for everyday eating and Daddy finds it hard to negotiate. She is a highly skilled negotiator (may get that skill from me), watch out for her later in life!

So my mummy mind leapt into action and to save the day, we made up a pile of more suitable snacks. Here is our vlog of making cheesy courgette biscuits, we made 3 batches of these and froze them in freezer bags ready to get out when needed. Written recipe here.

 

I’d love to hear your favourite snack ideas. Here are some more of mine.

 

No added sugar fruity muffins

My toddler has got to the age where she is well aware about the delights of cakes and biscuits. Being a dietitian I’m not keen on her eating lots of bought and sugary snacks, so most weeks we have a baking session. I’m also pregnant at the moment so keen to find myself healthy treats to snack on too.

This week toddler girl asked to make some cakes, so I popped over to Mamcook’s blog for some inspiration. She has these lovely looking Fruity Prune Muffins on her blog which I’ve adapted to make them gluten and wheat free, plus we used apricots (toddler’s choice).

The whole family was pretty pleased with them, in fact these are likely to be adapted and cooked quite regularly as they were easy for the toddler to get involved with too.

Dietitian UK: No added sugar Fruit muffins
Dietitian UK: No added sugar Fruit muffins

 

Recipe:

100g, 3.5 oz Gluten Free Self Raising flour or 50g rice flour, 30g cornmeal and 20g tapioca starch

40g, 1.5oz Porridge oats

1 tsp Gluten Free Baking powder

1/4 tsp Bicarbonate of soda

140g, 5oz Natural yoghurt

1 tbsp Apple  juice

1/2 tsp Vanilla extract

3 tbsp of Vegetable oil

1 Egg

140g, 5oz Chopped Dried Apricots

 

  • Preheat the oven to Gas Mark 4.
  • Mix the flours, oats, apricots, baking powder and bicarbonate of soda together.
  • Now mix the yoghurt, apple juice, vanilla extract, oil, egg together.
  • Next mix the wet ingredients into the dry ones.
  • Spoon into a muffin tin and bake for 12-14 minutes, they should be risen and golden.

Let me know what variations you try out.

 

Holiday Foods: what does it mean to you?

Holidays, what do they mean to you? To me it’s usually about relaxing, enjoying great food, seeing amazing sights and making special memories. My parents live out in Spain, which means we have to go out and visit them from time to time…..all that sun, sea and Sangria…. it’s a hard life 😉

This holiday has involved having the joys of a toddler…and I really do mean the joys. Today I loved hearing “Wow, horses” at horse drawn carriages and watching her sheer delight on the beach has been amazing, plus being in a hot place has meant the treat of an ice lolly.

Being pregnant and having a toddler has meant things are slightly different… no going out in the evenings for dinners and drinks, no long lazy lunches as toddler needs a nap, the constant need to find toilets (for me) and carry snacks (for us both) and definitely no Sangria (major BOO).

However, I do have a toddler who is also loves food, trying new places to eat and new experiences. So we have been treated by my parents to some super yummy meals cooked at home and have enjoyed snacking out and about. Being wheat free makes it slightly more complicated but not impossible.

I’ve been having giant amazing strawberries with breakfast, lots of different cheeses, my mum has cooked steak for my hubby (his favourite) and prawn for me (one of my favourites).

What are your favourite holiday foods?

Here are some of our favourite food moments so far:


Dietitian UK: Steak and Salad
Dietitian UK: Steak and Salad

Dietitian UK: Holiday Ice-Cream!
Dietitian UK: Holiday Ice-Cream!

 

Dietitian UK: Prawns of yumminess.
Dietitian UK: Prawns of yumminess.

Baking Banana Flapjacks – our first vlog!

Yesterday I decided to take the plunge and try out a vlog. It’s a bit long so next time I’ll remember to keep it short and sweet….but I’m quite suprised with the end result….not too bad 😉 Personally I think that’s all due to my glamourous assisstant!

Please do take a look and let me know what you think…..and feel free to share too.

Due to the length (6 minutes) it’s on You Tube.

Please click above, here is a photo of the end result – yum yum!

Dietitian UK: Toddler enjoys banana flapjack
Dietitian UK: Toddler enjoys banana flapjack

Baby Snacks

Feeding a little one is such a responsibility and every parent wants to do the best they can. However a hectic life and a mobile, becoming ever more independant yet constantly hungry can mean you constantly have to carry snacks around with you. Well it does for me. My change bag has been overtaken with pots, bags and wrappers.

Here are my top tips on healthy snacks for your baby/toddler:

  • Grapes, blueberries or strawberries in pots.
  • Cubes of cheese (cheaper and better than cheese strings). Try different types of cheese too.
  • My fabulous oaty bars.
  • Dry cereal, choose a wholegrain, low salt option.
  • Raw veggie sticks and breadsticks with a dip our favourites are homemade hummous or try mixing greek yoghurt with mint and cumin.
  • Cream cheese pinwheels – spread it in a wrap, roll and slice.
  • Rice cakes, there are so many flavours out there for little ones
  • Potato wedges – peel, slice and baked in the oven, use sweet potato and normal whites.
  • Steamed veggies. My little one loves cooked broccoli 🙂
  • Sliced avocardo, cucumber and tomato
  • Boiled eggs
  • Pancakes either thick or thin
  • Fruity small plain scones
  • Pitta bread stuffed with cottage cheese and grated carrot, sliced up.
  • Pasta twists, cooked.
As you can see these are all easy to prepare foods showing you don’t have to buy lots of specialist baby snacks to keep your little ones happily munching (although those can be useful at times also). Now go enjoy the mess!!

 

Any other ideas or top tips? Please do share, I’d love to hear.