It’s always a struggle getting healthy food into kids, but getting them involved in the preparation can be a fun way to arouse their interest in food and get them to eat better. Kids love to be involved, and you can use the opportunity to talk to them about the food they eat and where it comes from. Here are some great fun, easy and engaging recipes to try with your children.
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Lunch on a stick
On one plate prepare 1 inch cubes of the following:
Cucumber, chicken, ham, cheese, tomatoes (cherry tomatoes would work well and be less messy!),
On a second plate slice:
Banana, apple, strawberries, dried Apricots , cherries, any other fruit that may appeal!
Give each child a skewer and allow them to prepare their lunch on a stick. (Bear in mind that skewers are sharp and smaller children may need assistance)
If your children are anything like mine, about half as much again gets eaten before it reaches the sticks! They also like to mix the sweet and savoury…let them be creative, the object is to get them to eat, who cares about the combinations!
- 350g flour
- 7g easy yeast
- 2.5 teaspoons salt
- 2 teaspoons sugar
- 240ml warm water
- 2 tablespoons of olive oil
Combine the flour, yeast, salt and sugar in a mixing bowl. Add the water and olive oil and stir until it becomes dough. Let the kids knead the dough…it is often their favourite part. Being allowed to get messy with mum´s permission is every kids dream! Then let the dough prove for 45 minutes. You can split this quantity of dough and either make 2 pizzas with different toppings or freeze half. Roll out the dough into a rough circle to make the pizza base.
For the topping, process some chopped tomatoes or use passata and spread on the dough, then sprinkle cheese over it. Additional healthy toppings include:
Mushrooms, sweet corn , ham, chicken, peppers, onions, low fat salami, chicken breast, tuna
Let your kids choose what they want, and remember there is goodness in the tomato as well! Bake the pizza until the cheese is golden and the crust is crisp.
Serve with a side salad and low fat garlic bread for a lunch the whole family can enjoy, courtesy of the smallest cook in the house!