Lunch Box - Week 1

Lunch Box / Snack Idea:

Morning Tea -

Greek yoghurt & berries

Lunch -

Mountain bread wrap filed with shredded chicken, cottage cheese & spinach

Veggie sticks, rice crackers & hummus

Oat cookie & cup milk

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Cookie Recipe:

INGREDIENTS

Makes 12 cookies
 

1/2 Cup. mashed ripe banana

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

2 cups rolled oats

½ cup desiccated coconut

½ cup raisins or good quality dark chocolate chips or a little of both

¼ cup honey

50g soft butter

METHOD

 

  1. Preheat your oven to 160deg/c

  2. Mix all the ingredients into a large bowl.

  3. Really work the mixture in your hands to combine well.

  4. Roll into 12 cookies.

  5. Flatten slightly with your hand.

  6. Bake in a moderately low oven for 30 - 35 minutes or until golden and set on the outside.

  7. Cool and enjoy.

  8. Stores in an airtight container for 4 days.

Lunch Box - Week 2

#Nutrition tip -From one Mum to another I can tell you we all want what’s best for our little ones, because a healthy child is a happy child. To give them the greatest start in life it is critical to ensure they are getting everything they need from their diet. Easier said that done right!

The screwed up nose, food thrown on the floor and the all mighty tantrums at the sight of a tomato! I hear you, and I’m here to help.

*Children thrive on routine. Try keeping main meals and snack times at roughly the same time each day. Children have a strong need for rituals and for what feels familiar whether it is a bedtime routine, meal time routine or using a favourite plate. Some form of daily routine may provide a picky, fussy eater with predictability and security.

Morning Tea -

Boiled egg & piece of fruit

Lunch -

Banana & tahini sandwich

Toothpicks with cherry tomato, cucumber & cube of cheese

Chia seed pudding & berries

Recipe

Chia Pudding

¼  cup  chia seeds 

1  cup coconut milk.

1/2 cup organic  raspberries (fresh or frozen)

 

In a glass bowl or large jar, add chia seeds & coconut milk. 

Mix well, place in the fridge then leave to soak overnight or for at least 2 hours.

Serve with fruit (stewed apple or fresh berries) 

Serves 2

·      I find if you mix well, let it sit for 5 mins & mix again it will ensure all seeds are mixed in.

·      You can double the recipe and store then in jars in the fridge, will last for up to a week.

·      Chia pudding is a lovely concoction of nourishing fats & protein.

Chia Seed Pudding

Chia Seed Pudding

Lunch Box - Week 3

Infants and toddlers experience rapid growth throughout the first few years of life, and eating enough protein  is a vital contributor to making that growth possible. 

Proteins provide our body with the building blocks it needs to grow. They also maintain and replace body tissue, such as muscles, bones, blood, and body organs.

It can be hard to get enough protein into kids, they naturally like carbohydrate foods like bread & pasta because they're easy to eat. Here are some yummy ideas that provide a balance of protein, healthy fats & complex carbohydrates.

Morning Tea -

Frittata muffin & cup of milk

Lunch -

Rice cakes with hummus, cheese & cucumber slices

Piece of fruit

Bliss Ball or dates stuffed with a nut or nut butter

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Protein Savoury Muffins

1 small onion, diced

  • 4 rashers of bacon, diced

  • 8 eggs

  • ½ cup of milk of choice

  • ½ cup self raising flour

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • 2 handfuls of chopped spinach

  • 1 small bunch of chopped parsley

  • 1/3 cup grated cheese

  • 1 teaspoon turmeric

  • Salt & Pepper

  1. Pre heat oven to 180 deg.

  2. In a skillet saute onion & bacon in olive oil until cooked.

  3. In a large bowl whisk eggs & milk together.

  4. Add flour & baking powder and mix through.

  5. Add all other ingredients & mix well.

  6. Grease a muffin tin with butter or olive oil.

  7. Spoon mixture into muffin tins & bake for 25 minutes.

  8. Cool on a wire rack.

Lunch Box - Week 4

#nutrition tip -The importance of omega-3 starts all the way back when a fetus is forming in a mothers womb. It is involved in the development of the central nervous system.

The most rapid brain development occurs in the first two years of life, this is when the brain is especially sensitive to nutrition.  Including omega-3 rich foods such as oily fish in your little humans diet will help support cognitive development, concentration at school & their mental health.

Morning Tea -

Apple muffin

Lunch -

Small tin tuna on seaweed rice crackers

Carrot & cucumber sticks with hummus to dip

Seasonal piece of fruit

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Apple Muffins

Ingredients

  • 1 cup gluten free flour

  • 1 cup almond meal

  • 1/3 cup coconut sugar

  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

  • ½ teaspoon cardamom

  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

  • 3 teaspoons baking powder

  • 2 eggs

  • ¾ cup olive oil

  • 1 large grated apple + 1 apple cut into thin slices

  1. Preheat oven to 170 degrees Celsius.

  2. In a large bowl sift the flour.

  3. Add cinnamon, cardamom, almond meal and baking powder to the bowl and stir to combine.

  4. Crack the eggs into a seperate smaller bowl. Add the olive oil, vanilla essence and coconut milk and whisk to combine. 

  5. Add the grated apple and egg mixture to the flour mixture and stir until just combined.

  6. Line a muffin tray with cupcake papers or coat muffin tray with oil. Spoon mixture evenly among all 12 muffin moulds. Add a few thin apple slices on top or push into the mixture.

  7. Place muffins into the oven and bake for 30 minutes or until top is golden brown and muffins spring back when pushed gently in the centre.