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.
Mis K: “It’s the goodest cake Mummy, its the goodest cake with fruit in it”
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
This is a healthy, no added sugar, low fat, gluten free recipe… completely suitable for toddlers and adults alike.
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:
Large sausages sliced up
Cheese and pineapple
Mini eggy muffins
Carrots, cucumber sticks and celery
Pom Bear crisps
Ham and tuna sandwiches cut into star and rabbit shapes
Plus of course the birthday cake which was a sugar fest!
What are your top children’s party foods? I’d love to know.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Freelance Dietitian specialising in helping those with Eating Disorders and a Media Spokesperson for the profession.