Mum to Mum
As parents we want the best for our kids and nutrition is no exception. It can be a struggle sometimes coming up with exciting new dishes to wow our children's taste buds. It can also be so disheartening when you've spent all afternoon creating something new for dinner only to find your little one won't eat it.
That is why we created Tiny Foragers. To help make mealtimes that little bit easier.
Toddler Snack Ideas
Toddlers are constantly on the go. Their growing minds and bodies need fuel to function. Healthy, fun snacks will provide your little one with energy to burn.
Here are some ideas:
- Humous with pitta bread triangles
- Banana, kiwifruit and spinach smoothie with yogurt and almond milk
- Avocado on toast
- Frozen seedless grapes
- Popcorn, the little ones love watching it pop to life
- Cracker sandwiches using cream cheese
- Mini Pizzas, halved English muffins topped with creamed corn and cheese, grilled
Our NEW Mini Bites range will be a great addition to your toddler’s snacks
Wanting exciting new snacks to add to your kids lunch boxes?
Look no further.
- Mini savoury muffins
- Mini banana and raisin muffins
- Apricot and coconut oat slice
Breakfast can sometimes be the hardest meal of the day to prepare. Mornings in our households are very busy, trying to get everyone ready for the day ahead with daycare drop off, activities, making sure the pets are watered and fed plus you add more than one child to the mix and it's a hectic morning.
Top 5 tips for a quick breakfast:
- Eggs - Eggs are fantastic, they are super versatile and quick to cook. With so many options you can't go wrong.
- Porridge - Get creative with different flavours, my son loves grated apple and diced medjool dates. You can make porridge dairy free by using almond milk or coconut milk.
- Pancakes - An absolute favourite in our household. I use a simple mixture that has no added sugar and I add a whole mashed banana to the mix.
- Savoury Muffins - I know what you're thinking 'when will I have time to make muffins?' Muffins freeze really well so you can make a batch one afternoon with the kiddies, once cooked pop them in the freezer and just take them out when needed.
- Cereals - There are so many cereals on the market, just be sure to choose one that doesn't have too much sugar. My son loves rice bubbles mixed with natural yogurt and banana.
Spring is here!!
Finally Winter has ended and Spring has arrived. Now is the perfect time to plant your veggie garden. This year we have planted a large selection of lettuces - we love salads in our households, tomatoes, capsicums, herbs, chillies and of course strawberries.
On a beautiful sunny day having a picnic lunch with the kids is a fun way to get them outside. Top 4 tips for the perfect picnic snack:
- Frittata - So easy to make and you can pack them full of tasty veggies. Steamed kumara, spinach, tomatoes, capsicum, cheese such as feta, caramelised onions, cooked bacon or ham. You really can add anything.
- Fruit skewers - There are so many yummy fruits coming into season and if you’re feeling naughty drizzle the fruit with melted chocolate.
- Mashed egg - As a kid my Mum always use to make us mashed egg sandwiches for picnics, old school but so tasty. You can use wraps instead of bread and why not try adding a pinch of curry powder into the egg mixture for extra taste.
- Avocados - Such a nutrient rich fruit and naturally yummy. Guacamole always goes down well with kids (and adults). You can make pita bread chips for dipping or a stack of veggie sticks.
* Party Food *
We have just celebrated a 2nd birthday in the Tiny Foragers family and had a wee party.
With Christmas only 6 weeks away and birthdays happening every day of the year we thought we would give you our top 5 tips on party food.
- Sushi!! Our kids love sushi. This was the main feature on our party food table this year. I made teriyaki chicken with avocado, tuna and mayonnaise and a veggie option with cucumber, carrot, capsicum and avocado. It’s fair to say there wasn’t a single sushi roll left.
- Cookie cutter sandwiches. Mini sandwiches are always great to have for a party, picnic or the lunch box. There are so many fun cookie cutter shapes around these days and your filling options are endless.
- Pita Bread Pizzas. Making pita bread pizzas is a great cooking activity for the kids. Buy the pita pockets, have the toppings chopped up and ready to go and let the little ones create their very own pizza.
- Bliss Balls are a yummy healthy treat. Made using a mixture of nuts, dates, seeds and cocoa. You can roll them in coconut or get festive and use crushed freeze dried raspberries.
- Frozen grapes. This might sound strange but trust us they are really good, even the adults will love them on a hot summers day.