Sneaky Tricks to get the Vegetables Into You (or your kid!)!

Over the past few weeks we have been instagramming some of our favourite healthy snacks and meals for ourselves (and our kids!). There are LOTS of great ideas out there, however not all of us are culinary enthusiasts, nor have we the inclination to become one! The following recipes require little more than 10min, a blender, and an oven.

Two things that your child does not need more of; refined flour and added processed sugar. Not only do these snacks and meals taste fabulous, they all have heaps of protein, healthy fats, and vegetables. Whenever a recipe calls for flour, we use wholemeal and sub-in as much almond meal as possible. Where it asked for sugar, we sub-in apple sauce (stewed mashed green apples) or, if we must, coconut sugar or honey. At least there’s some nutritional value with these forms of sugar.

In summer, rather than ice cream, we bring out the frozen fruit. We buy it when it's in season, cut it up, and bring it out at the height of a hot day. Favourites include mango, oranges, and berries.

In summer, rather than ice cream, we bring out the frozen fruit. We buy it when it’s in season, cut it up, and bring it out at the height of a hot day. Favourites include mango, oranges, and berries.

These brownies are a "treat" in our house. Again, you literally throw all the ingredients in the blender, stir in your chunks (i used cacao chips and slivered almonds) and bake on 180 for 25min.  2 med sweet potato (cooked until just soft) 1/4C Cacao powder 1 & 1/4C Almond Meal 1/4C honey 1/2C dates

These brownies are a “treat” in our house. Again, you literally throw all the ingredients in the blender, stir in your chunks (i used cacao chips and slivered almonds) and bake on 180 for 25min.
2 med sweet potato (cooked until just soft)
1/4C Cacao powder
1 & 1/4C Almond Meal
1/4C honey
1/2C dates

This bread is one big vegetable! Slathered in creamed cheese it is a great way to add variety in your kid's lunch!

This bread is one big vegetable! Slathered in creamed cheese it is a great way to add variety in your kid’s lunch!

Stewed strawberries, or apples, are a great way to freshen up porridge, as well as a sugar-substitute in cooking.

Stewed strawberries, or apples, are a great way to freshen up porridge, as well as a sugar-substitute in cooking.

We follow a regular muffin recipe for these, but use wholemeal flour, coconut oil, strawberry or apple sauce, and almond milk.  Again, just chuck everything in the blender, then bake on 180 for 20-25min.

We follow a regular muffin recipe for these, but use wholemeal flour, coconut oil, strawberry or apple sauce, and almond milk. Again, just chuck everything in the blender, then bake on 180 for 20-25min.

Literally chuck all the ingredients in a blender, roll them into balls, and then into sesame seeds.

Literally chuck all the ingredients in a blender, roll them into balls, and then into sesame seeds.

Drizzle the carrots with honey and sesame seeds, melt cheese over the peas, a dollop of baked beans for them to dip their pumpkin in, and a boiled potato with a dash of oil and rosemary.

Vegetable Plate: Drizzle the carrots with honey and sesame seeds, melt cheese over the peas, a dollop of baked beans for them to dip their pumpkin in, and a boiled potato with a dash of oil and rosemary.

 

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