What are little kids doing that is so important that it takes precedence over eating? I’m expecting a cure for cancer to come out of their playroom any day now. Because, possibly like your kids, my boys take it in turns to choose play over food.
It happens almost every meal time. The struggle to get my young boys to the table, and keep them there, causes such intense drama someone should be filming it for a reality TV series. We could make millions.
And then, once they've been cajoled into sitting down, and a plate of nutritious home-cooked goodness is placed before them, the sweet angels become tiny insane dictators intent on your destruction. It could go nuclear. There will most likely be executions.
Sure there are many amazing ways to get your kids eating well, no tricks involved. But sometimes - some of us - need a little help. Here are a few (almost) fool proof recipes for basically tricking your children into eating superfoods with no resistance. You're welcome to laugh maniacally over the empty plates in the sink once they're in bed later. I do.
1 head of broccoli
3 TBSP raw cacao
2 TBSP maple syrup
2C self-raising flour (I use gluten free)
Rice/almond milk to combine
Blend the broccoli to a fine pulp in the food processor, then add the other ingredients and blend to combine. Continue to add milk until the mix is smooth and pourable. Heat a couple of teaspoons of coconut oil in a pan and fry batches of pancakes until they're crisp and golden on both sides. Serve with yoghurt, fruit, maple syrup or whatever you want, and watch your kids inhale a plate of broccoli. This will make a heap of pancakes, but leftover mixture lasts for at least a few days in the fridge.
Our whole family starts every day with this delicious green smoothie. It's literally the only meal we can all agree on without a fuss.
1/2C frozen blueberries
2C kombucha/almond milk/water
1 TBSP maple syrup
1 TBSP peanut butter or 1 TBSP raw cacao - or both!
Blend until smooth, add more liquid if your kids like it thinner. You can also try adding extra superfoods like a teaspoon of spirulina, chia seeds or goji berries for extra punch.
I use this one to sneak extra veggies into my husband's diet too :)
500g quality beef or lamb mince
3C any vegetables you like - zucchini, broccoli, spinach, carrots, beetroot etc.
1/2C breadcrumbs (I use gluten free)
Salt to taste
Burger accessories - buns, lettuce, cheese, tomatoes, sauce (whatever the spawn will eat)
Blend the vegetables to a fine pulp in the food processor with the onion. Add everything else (except the accessories) and pulse to combine, or if you want the patties chunkier, mix it all together by hand. Fry patties the width and height of your bun in a hot frying pan with coconut oil until they're cooked through, then assemble the burgers to the bosses' specifications. Laugh maniacally while they eat.
Les Mills Nutrition contributor, Diana is the daughter of Phillip and Jackie Mills. Diana is the Creative Director for Les Mills BODYCOMBAT®, BODYJAM®, BODYPUMP® and RPM®. On top of being a Creative Director, Diana is also Co-Program Director for Les Mills BODYBALANCE®. When Diana isn't at work you'll find her in the kitchen - "I love cooking for people. Feed 'em up and then send 'em to the gym - that's my motto."
This recipe is so healthy that it kind of hurts... my sweet tooth because I ate SO many of these dang things! I can never quite justify buying or eating Oreo's despite their supposedly 'vegan' status because they contain non-sustainable palm oil and I'm not about deforestation and destruction of valuable habitat for hundreds of animals. No thank you! These are fudgey, chocolate-y, nourishing, and full of amazing raw and activated ingredients from Little Bird Organics' Pantry Staples range. Yum! However, if you leap into this recipe expecting it to taste just like a baked, white-sugar-laden, refined cookie then you will be sorely disappointed. This is more like a raw dessert in the shape of a tasty Oreo cookie - inspired loosely, if you will.
Whip this muesli up to share with your dad for brunch. I also rate muesli as a good snack idea too in the afternoon sometimes. It can save me from hitting those sugary snacks. I pair this with coconut yoghurt and blueberries. It’s great for satiety levels (you know, that all important “fullness factor”).
The holiday season can be a tricky time of year for those of us trying to stick to our diet goals. These chocolate truffles are packed with the natural goodness of nuts and seeds and sweetened with dates, making them the perfect, healthy contribution to any party spread or even just a delicious mid-afternoon pick-me-up.