Is it frustrating sometimes when you cannot make your kids feel much better after losing their soccer game? Does it bother you when their best friend seems to hate them? Parents always care for their kids even from the smallest things to the little details. But believe that you can have a way to keep the energy going and mood to be more positive of your kids. Well, what else than to hand them out a plate of delicious and healthy foods! Here are some great picks that can surely make your boys and girls smile despite their bad or tiring days.
Recipe 1: Oat and Macadamia Cookies
Macadamia nuts and oats are loaded with nutrients that can surely recharge your kids’ energy.
3/4 cup oats (rolled)
1/3 cup macadamias (chopped)
1 cup plain flour (sifted)
2/3 cup coconut (desiccated)
125g unsalted butter
1/2 cup sugar
2 tablespoons golden syrup
1/2 teaspoon bi carb soda
1. Preheat oven to 170-degree Celsius. Line a baking tray with baking paper and set aside.
2. Combine macadamias, oats, coconut, flour, and sugar in a bowl.
3. Melt butter and golden syrup in a saucepan.
4. Mix bi carb soda with 1 tablespoon of hot water and add into the butter mixture.
5. Create a well in the center of the macadamia mixture and pour the syrup.
6. Stir the syrup and flour mixture to combine.
7. Spoon mixture onto a baking tray.
8. Bake until becomes golden brown (good for 15 to 20 minutes).
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Recipe 2: Raspberry-Blueberry Muffins
Muffins are among the favorite desserts of children. To give a tastier flavor, choose blueberries and raspberries. Plus, these are fruits full of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.
150g or 2 cups raspberries (frozen)
150g or 2 cups blueberries (frozen)
2 cups self-raising flour
1 egg (lightly whisked)
1 cup) buttermilk
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1. Preheat oven to 190-degree Celsiuis. Line non-stick baking paper in muffin pans and set aside.
2. Mix flour, blueberries, raspberries, and sugar in a bowl.
3. Add buttermilk, egg, and oil. Stir to combine all ingredients until foamy.
4. Spoon mixture in each pan.
5. Bake for 25 minutes.
Recipe 3: Pita Chips with Chunky Fruit Dip
Pita chips are a quick snack that most kids won’t say no to. Just keep it healthy by making a dip of chopped fruits.
2 ripe avocadoes (halved, stoned, peeled, and chopped)
2 ripe tomatoes (rinsed and chopped)
1/2 cup mixed berries (chopped)
1 red birds-eye chili (seeded and chopped)
1 tablespoon lime juice
salt and pepper (to taste)
1/2 red onion (chopped)
1. Combine all fruits, chili, and lime juice in a small serving bowl.
2. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Stir lightly if necessary.
3. Arrange Pita chips on a plate, place the fruit dip in the center, and serve.
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Recipe 4: Pita Chips with Avocado Dip
You may also use a guacamole or avocado dip for a much faster preparation. This is also healthy as avocado contains many vitamins and minerals that are energy booster.
1 whole avocado (pitted and chopped)
1 tablespoon salsa
1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon light sour cream
1. Toss all ingredients in a blender or a food processor.
2. Blend until the mixture is soft.
3. Arrange Pita chips on a plate, place the avocado dip in the center, and serve.
Recipe 5: Crunchy Mozzarella Sticks
This can be served as dessert or a snack. The crunchiness and creaminess can make your kids go “mmm”.
8 to 10 string cheese sticks
1/4 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup Panko
1/2 cup bread crumbs (Italian seasoned)
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon water
1. Preheat oven to 375-degrees Celsius. Spray baking sheet with cooking spray.
2. Beat egg and add water in a bowl.
3. In a separate bowl, mix breadcrumbs, Panko, and garlic powder.
4. Pour flour on a plate or tray. Coat cheese with flour (roll in the flour).
5. Dip cheese into the mixture.
6. Dip in the breadcrumb mixture.
7. Place cheese sticks in he baking sheet.
8. Bake for around 10 minutes.
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Recipe 6: Freezer Banana Bites
Packed with fiber and B vitamins, banana is surely a good treat for kids. But make it more appealing by coating them with chocolates!
3 bananas (sliced into quarters)
1 cup chocolate chunks or chips
1 cup coconut (shredded)
1. Melt chocolate in a saucepan under low heat.
2. Remove chocolate from the pan and pour in a bowl.
3. Place a toothpick in each banana slice.
4. Dip each banana in the chocolate bowl.
5. Sprinkle with coconut.
6. Place all chocolate coated banana slice on a cookie sheet line with parchment paper or wax paper.
7. Put in the fridge and refrigerate for 30 to 60 minutes.
Optional: You may also refrigerate banana first for 20 minutes before coating with chocolate and put back in the fridge for another 30 minutes.
You can put smile onto the faces of your grumpy or disappointed kids again with these snacks. The more they appreciate your act if you present them in a fun, creative way. So, go ahead prepare any of these recipes and have your children enjoy a day despite the bad moments they just had.