SmoothiesThere’s no one way to make a smoothie, which means it’s a
great excuse to get creative or use up whatever ingredients you have in the
house. It’s also fantastic for slipping some extra nutrients into the kids – or
yourself! To a base of fruit and milk or coconut water, add avocado (for
healthy fats and a creamy texture), soft-leafed vegies such as baby spinach, or
protein-packed pantry staples like oats, quinoa flakes or chia seeds.Fruit LeathersStore-bought fruit leathers are little more than sugar,
but making your own is surprisingly easy and turns a vice into a virtuous
treat. Cookbook queen Louise Keats’ mango leathers tick the easy and
delicious boxes. Puree 2 cups of mango flesh, spread thinly on baking paper or
a silicone baking mat, and bake at 80ºC for 3-4 hours. Any fibrous fruits –
apples, pears, peaches – should work well. Pack them in kids’ lunches or, for
the grown-ups, serve strips on a cheese platter. DipsEnticing the kids to embrace a savoury snack requires
some clever marketing. Dips are a great one for this, as kids generally enjoy scooping
food and will love choosing between all the different types of crackers and
crudités. Simple guacamole or hummus dips are the easiest and mildest-tasting
options. For dipping, try vegies such as carrot, celery, zucchini, broccoli,
cauliflower and baby mushrooms.
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