I am so passionate about health and nutrition, that it physically pains me when I see what teenagers at my school ‘nourish’ themselves with. They generally start the day with some form of fizzy pop along with sticky bars or sour sweets. Have they had a breakfast before this, who knows? Lunch tends to be white rolls filled with breaded ‘chicken’. (I’m sure you have seen the Irish documentary ‘What are we eating’ where the chicken fillet roll was outed for what it really is. Some episodes are still available on the RTE player here). Anyway if it’s not a chicken roll, its potato wedges, or white pasta with tomato sauce or sausage rolls. And if you look at all of these foods, what do they have in common? They are all white, highly processed, high in salts, with little or no nutritional value. And then we wonder why the students cannot focus or concentrate in class?
How do we overcome this? Well I don’t have children so I am very much unqualified to answer this important question. All I would suggest is that we teach them young. We condition them into loving to eat real food. We don’t let our likes and dislikes impact the foods we feed our children. We educated ourselves enough to know the difference between healthy and unhealthy foods.
So to kick things off I have come up with three very simple ways to make snacks more fun. They are all made using real foods and are all nutritious. Get them eating like this at a young age and you are nourishing them for life.
Perfect recipes for the hot Irish summer just around the corner!!!
Chocolate & Peanut butter banana bites
- Slice the banana
- Sandwich with a thin spread of peanut butter
- Melt chocolate
- Roll banana sandwich in chocolate
Keep in the freezer and have them ready to go when a snack is needed.
- Scoop greek yogurt into a cupcake container, (you can use any yogurt but be careful, most marketed towards children are full of sugar, ignore this packaging, just buy the best quality)
- Add a tiny squeeze of honey into each cupcake container
- Top with your kids favourite fruits
Again store in the freezer and have them ready to go.
What the hell is nana-icecream. Well very simply it is just frozen bananas popped into a food processor until it turns into an icecream.
- Pop 2 frozen bananas into the food processor
- Add in 2 tbsp cacao powder or 3 tbsp of regular cocoa powder to make this chocolate flavoured
- Drizzle in some honey or maple syrup for some sweetness
Scoop the nana – icecream into a bowl and sprinkle with whatever toppings you kids enjoy. Ice-cream needs never be unhealthy again!!!
Three perfect recipes for this weekends heatwave!!!
The Wholesome Nut x
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