Having a healthy lifestyle and diet can be hard for time poor busy Mums. Juggling work, kids, house and life in general can have a huge impact on what we cook for our families, especially when you are tired after a long day or having to fit in something to eat between work and running kids to sporting or other activities.
It might be tempting to go through a drive through or pop into the local take away store but in the long run, it isn’t worth the calories, fat and health issues caused by eating junk food.
Soups, salads, pastas with tomato-based sauces, stir fries, even slow cooker meals are easy and quick to prepare.
Cooking extra on the weekend and freezing it to reheat during the week is also a great idea. We do this with pasta sauces and casseroles. Roast meats can be used to add to meals such as salads or quiches.
If you are short on ideas, The Healthy Mummy
team have shared two popular recipes from their newly released cookbook, Healthy Kids Cookbook
Fish fingers are very popular with children and an easy win at the dinner table. The problem with store-‐bought fish fingers is they are often high in sodium and can contain up to 25 ingredients – in this homemade recipe, there are only 6. Fish is a good source of protein, which is important for growth, and is also a good source of omega 3 fatty acids, which are important for eye and brain development, and have anti-‐inflammatory properties which are beneficial for immunity and heart health.
1⁄4 cup milk
400g white fish, cut into 2cm-‐thick chunks or strips
1⁄2 cup plain flour
2 cups breadcrumbs
Olive oil spray
METHOD Preheat oven to 200°C. Whisk egg and milk together. Coat fish in flour, dip in the egg mixture, then roll in breadcrumbs. Lay on a lined baking tray and spray with oil. Bake for 15 minutes, until golden and cooked through.
Of course, you need something for dessert or a sweet snack and these apple bites are perfectly healthy!
This tasty treat, like an apple pie sandwich, can be assembled by the kids as a fun party activity. The ingredients used to make it are lower in fat, sugar and salt than a traditional apple pie.
20 basic round biscuits 10 tbsp natural yoghurt Honey Cinnamon
10 tbsp natural yoghurt Honey Cinnamon
METHOD Preheat oven to 180°C. Peel and core apples, then cut into 5mm-‐thick slices. Place on a lined baking tray and bake for 15 minutes. Allow to cool for 5 minutes. Assemble bites by layering a biscuit, a slice of apple, a spoonful of yoghurt, a drizzle of honey, a shake of cinnamon and another biscuit on the top.
Fussy eaters? Or need some inspiration for lunch box winners and delicious dinners? Then look no further than The Healthy Mummy Healthy Kids Cookbook, featuring 68 healthy recipes little ones will love.
Each recipe has been designed and cooked by The Healthy Mummy Nutritionist – Mandy dos Santos and taste tested by real kids.
The Healthy Mummy Healthy Kids Cookbook includes:
- 68 healthy recipes
- Australian Dietary Guidelines
- Tips for healthy eating habits and fussy eaters
- Foods for baby
- Breakfast ideas
- Lunch-box food
- Delicious dinners
- Party time food
Using readily available ingredients from the local supermarket, each recipe can be cooked in around 30 minutes and have components where the kids can get involved, making mealtime enjoyable for all the family.
Available from www.healthymummy.com for RRP $34.95.
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