Category Archives: Cooking with Kids

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

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

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

Low Fat, Healthy Shredded Wheat Cake

Dietitian UK: Shredded Wheat Cake

When I was younger my mum found a Weetabix cake recipe and it was one of those recipes I really remember, partially because it was a little unusual and partially because I loved it. My mum-in-law also used to make a great All-bran loaf so my husband tells me. So when faced with a large box of shredded wheat that were bought by accident I decided to try them out in a cake.

Now as this contains wheat I can’t eat it but I have tried this out on my taste testers with good results. In fact half the cake went in one day!

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So here is a wholegrain, healthy recipe for you to try out on your family. Great for growing kids.

Dietitian UK: Shredded Wheat Cake 3

Shredded Wheat Cake
Yields 12
A low fat, healthy and tasty high fibre cake the whole family can eat.
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
40 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
40 min
153 calories
32 g
17 g
1 g
4 g
0 g
92 g
228 g
12 g
0 g
0 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
92g
Yields
12
Amount Per Serving
Calories 153
Calories from Fat 10
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 1g
2%
Saturated Fat 0g
2%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 17mg
6%
Sodium 228mg
9%
Total Carbohydrates 32g
11%
Dietary Fiber 2g
6%
Sugars 12g
Protein 4g
Vitamin A
2%
Vitamin C
3%
Calcium
9%
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.
Ingredients
  1. 3 shredded wheat
  2. 1/2 pint milk
  3. 2 medium apples
  4. 50g sultanas
  5. 200g self raising flour
  6. 100g sweetener or sugar
  7. 1 egg
  8. 1 tsp cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Soak the shredded wheat in the milk for 5 minutes.
  2. Grate the apples and add these to the mixture (no need to peel them), then add in the sultanas and stir. Leave this to soak whilst you grease and line a loaf tin and put the oven on to Gas Mark 5.
  3. Stir in the flour, sugar/sweetener, egg and cinnamon.
  4. Pour into the loaf tin and bake in the middle of the oven for 30-40 minutes.
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calories
153
fat
1g
protein
4g
carbs
32g
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No Bake Breastfeeding/Breakfast Bars (wheatfree, glutenfree, dairyfree).

Having just given birth to my gorgeous baby boy  I’m in need of quick, easy, healthy snacks that I can eat whilst breastfeeding. Here is my latest favourite  version of a flapjacky bar. It’s also a great option as a breakfast bar and a good snack for the whole family.

Breakfast biscuits, bars and eat on the run snacks seem to be a common thing these days, but the bought versions are often high in sugar. This option is much healthier plus you can adapt it to suit your own taste.  These would also be super easy for children to make but are not suitable for under 1 year olds due to the honey.

What I love about these is it literally took me 10 minutes to mix them up and then they just go into the fridge for 2 hours (or overnight), next morning, Wham, Bam, there’s your tasty bars all ready and waiting!

These bars are nutritious so you don’t have to feel compromised. Pair them with some fruit and you have a balanced, healthy breakfast/snack on the go. The oats provide a low glycaemic index base to help keep your blood sugar levels stable, the almond butter provides a little fat in a health monounsaturated form. You will be getting vitamin E from the sunflower seeds, this is an important antioxidant that plays a role in heart health and is anti-inflammatory. Magnesium from the almonds and seeds aids energy production, giving you a great boost to your day.

Dietitian UK: No Bake Breastfeeding/Breakfast Bars

No Bake Breakfast Bars
Yields 12
Super quick, no bake breakfast bar recipe packed with slow release energy.
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Prep Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
112 calories
15 g
0 g
5 g
3 g
0 g
26 g
1 g
7 g
0 g
4 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
26g
Yields
12
Amount Per Serving
Calories 112
Calories from Fat 43
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g
8%
Saturated Fat 0g
2%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 1mg
0%
Total Carbohydrates 15g
5%
Dietary Fiber 2g
8%
Sugars 7g
Protein 3g
Vitamin A
0%
Vitamin C
0%
Calcium
3%
Iron
5%
* 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. 100g oats (gluten free if needed)
  2. 25g sunflower seeds
  3. 1 tsp vanilla extract
  4. 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  5. 60g raisins
  6. 75g almond butter
  7. 50g honey
Instructions
  1. Mix the oats, sunflower seeds, vanilla, cinnamon and raisins together.
  2. Place the almond butter and honey into a microwave safe bowl, heat for 30 seconds and stir. Heat for 10 seconds at a time until it is all melted.
  3. Mix the melted ingredients into the oaty mixture.
  4. Press into a greased and lined 20cmx20cm tin and refridgerate for 2 hours or overnight.
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112
fat
5g
protein
3g
carbs
15g
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Dietitian UK https://www.dietitianuk.co.uk/
Amusingly I actually made these the night I went into labour, they made a great snack during the early stages of things!

If you like flapjack bars then why not try my Sunshine Bars my Banana Flapjack or my superhealthy Oaty Bars.

I would love to see/hear your pictures, comments and variations that you try out 🙂 tweet me or comment on the blog post please.

 

Turkey Meatballs fit for Lady and the Tramp.

We knocked these up recently as I felt we needed a little comfort food. I asked my little one what she wanted for dinner and she asked for Moussaka. We settled on meatballs, mainly as they were easier for a tired mummy to make and also as I thought she may enjoy helping me, turns out I made a good decision. Whilst some chopped tomatoes, garlic and herbs simmered to make a sauce myself and the toddler mixed spices into the mince, then squished, squelched and rolled our meatballs out. Then they cooked whilst we watched Spot the Dog. Perfect weekend afternoon activity!

These are gluten free, low in fat, high in protein and the vegetables make it a great all round meal.

Dietitian UK: Low fat, gluten free, Turkey Meatballs

Low Fat, Gluten Free, Turkey Meatballs
Serves 5
Low fat turkey meatballs, perfect comfort food and a great family meal.
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
1 hr
218 calories
11 g
76 g
5 g
31 g
2 g
250 g
103 g
5 g
0 g
3 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
250g
Servings
5
Amount Per Serving
Calories 218
Calories from Fat 48
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g
8%
Saturated Fat 2g
8%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 76mg
25%
Sodium 103mg
4%
Total Carbohydrates 11g
4%
Dietary Fiber 3g
12%
Sugars 5g
Protein 31g
Vitamin A
137%
Vitamin C
29%
Calcium
6%
Iron
15%
* 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 Sauce
  1. 2 x 400g tins chopped tomatoes
  2. 2 tbsp tomato puree
  3. 3 cloves garlic
  4. 2 tbsp fresh mixed herbs or 2 tsp dried
  5. 2 bay leaves
  6. black pepper
For the Meatballs
  1. 500g turkey mince
  2. 1/2 tsp tumeric
  3. 1 tsp cumin
  4. 1 tsp coriander
  5. 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  6. black pepper
  7. 3 grated or finely chopped carrots
  8. 1 grated or finely chopped onion
  9. 200g sweetcorn
Instructions
  1. Add all the spices to the mince, mix and leave it to one side.
  2. Now place the chopped tomatoes, garlic, herbs and tomato puree in a pan and leave to simmer.
  3. Grate or chop the carrot and onion, add to the mince and mix.
  4. Roll the mince into small meatballs (we made about 20) and place them into the sauce.
  5. Leave covered to simmer for 20 minutes, now turn them over and add the sweetcorn.
  6. Leave to simmer for another 20 minutes.
  7. Serve with spaghetti and slurp away!
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calories
218
fat
5g
protein
31g
carbs
11g
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Gluten Free Ginger Biscuits Recipe, baking with the toddler.

Baking and cooking with my toddler is a very regular occurrence, it’s one activity that I find teaches her lots, keeps us both amused and we get to eat the results.

So here is out latest recipe, in the final stages of pregnancy I had a bit of morning sickness creeping back in, so these ginger biscuits were a cunning ploy to help me get through the day. They have a great texture, in fact you won’t know they are gluten free and they last week in the biscuit tin.