Some kids go nuts for candies, some kids only have eyes for pizza. But if there’s one thing that kids of all ages hate, it’s eating healthy. But don’t worry, with these wholesome, healthy delights, you can say goodbye to those mid-meal tantrums.
1. Spiced Apple Crisps
These all-natural apple crisps are way better than the store-bought, preservative-induced potato chips! Just a sprinkle of cinnamon on top, and your kids will gobble up these fruity delights like there’s no tomorrow.
• 2 green apples
• Cinnamon powder, for sprinkling
1. Heat the oven to 160C gas mark. Core the apple and slice through the equator into very thin slices, about 1 - 2mm thick.
2. Dust them with the cinnamon powder and lay them flat on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
3. Cook for 45 minutes – 1 hour, turning them halfway through and removing any crisps that have turned brown. Continue cooking until the apples have dried out and are light golden.
4. Cool the crisps and store them in an airtight container for an everyday snack.
2. Dried Fruit Energy Nuggets
These dried fruit healthy bites can provide oodles of energy. You can make a whole batch at home and pack them as mini snacks in your kid’s daily lunchbox.
• 50g of Healthy Alternatives Turkish Apricots
• 100g of Healthy Alternatives Saudi Dates, seedless
• 50g of L’Exclusif Whole Dried Cranberries
• 2 tsp. coconut oil
• 1 tbsp. Healthy Alternatives White Sesame Seeds, toasted
1. Whizz the apricots with the dates and the cherries in a food processor until they are very finely chopped.
2. Tip them into a bowl and use your hands to work in the coconut oil.
3. Shape the mix into walnut-sized balls, then roll them in the sesame seeds.
4. Store in an airtight container until you need a quick energy fix.
Can’t get over these dried fruit energy nuggets? Wait till you check out this easy fruit bliss ball recipe.
3. Pita Pockets
These pita pockets make the ultimate after-school snack! Delicious, healthy and wholesome, you will turn to this quick-fix recipe every time you are in a time crunch.
• ½ of L’Exclusif Pita Bread
• 25g of chicken breast, cooked
• ¼ cucumber, cut into chunks
• 4 cherry tomatoes, halved
• Seasonings according to taste
1. Fill the pitta half with the chicken breast, cucumber and the cherry tomatoes.
2. Top with your favourite seasonings.
4. Healthy Chocolate Hummus
If you are looking for a way to get your kids to eat their fruits and veggies, search no more! This healthy chocolate hummus can make even the fussiest picky eater’s mouth water.
• 2 cups of cooked, unsalted chickpeas
• 3-4 tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa powder
• 2 tablespoons of Healthy Alternatives Peanut Butter/ Healthy Alternatives Almond Butter
• 1/4 cup of maple syrup
• 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
1. Add all the ingredients into the cup of a large food processor, and puree until the mixture turns smooth.
2. Serve it with fresh fruit, crackers, or some pita chips.
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