I have so many memories of bags full of tooth rotting sweets at Halloween! For some parents its a nightmare trying to limit the amount of sweets they eat at one go!
Anyway I'm all for having fun and treats and Halloween is just one of the times that sweets and unhealthy stuff take over, so I'm offering a few wee simple ideas for a healthier Halloween!
At Nourished by Nature, its all about eating real food, especially fruit and veggies and encouraging kids to eat them from an early age. After all fruit is naturally sweet and delicious and should be given instead of sweets at every opportunity!
So here are some simple spooky ideas to try out on your kids!
Banana ghosts and satsuma pumpkins. Pretty self explanatory, put half a banana on a stick and put two chocolate chips for eyes. These can be frozen and given instead of an ice lolly! Peel satsuma and put a piece of celery (preferably organic, celery is on The Dirty Dozen list and high in pesticide residues) for a stalk!
This is my favourite and my daughter Jennas idea. She spent last Halloween at a farm in New Hampshire where Halloween is a big deal, and came up with the idea of ghost toast!
Its simply small wraps, cut into triangle shapes with eyes and a mouth cut out using a straw. Bake at 180C for around 10 minutes until browned.
Sweet Potato Dip
I really don't like pumpkin flesh, its really watery and tasteless and Halloween pumpkins are really better for carving into lanterns, in my opinion.
So simply boil or steam a large or a few small sweet potatoes then mash or blend them with a tablespoon of tahini, then add a teaspoon of paprika and a wee sprinkling of Himalyan Sea Salt for a healthy, delicious dip!
Serve with ghost toasts!
Last but not least, here are some simple spider biscuits. Just use ritz or any small savoury cracker, small oatcakes would work well. spread with some cream cheese, add 6 pretzels for legs and a couple of raisins for eyes!
I would also offer green smoothies and call them Slime Juice or something similar. A good blend is pineapple, banana, kiwi, orange, carrot and spinach.
If you use frozen banana or pineapple, it will be lovely and cold. You can add some yoghurt if you want to make it more creamy or half an avocado! You could also sneak in some spirulina powder or wheatgrass if you had any!
....your health in your hands....
Its been a heck of a busy week here at Nourished by Nature! I've been out and about spreading the word on Healthy Eating at Nurseries, Community Halls and schools!
I've started a blog post on sugar but haven't finished it so will post it next week, its such a big topic!
Instead I thought I'd share this rather genius pancake idea from the lovely people over at Food Matters
It passes the NbyN test in that it is free of anything unhealthy or artificial, is super easy, tastes delicious and your kids will love it!
Its so simple you don't need a recipe at all.
I'm a big fan of bananas, they are naturally sweet, a great energy source and easy on the digestion. Likewise eggs are a great source of omega 3, protein, vitamins and antioxidants but please buy organic eggs, they are so much higher in omega 3 and antioxidants and the chickens who produced them will have had a natural life, see blog post Eggsellent eggs.
Anyway back to the super simple pancakes!!
Makes 1 large pancake
1 ripe banana
1 medium to large organic egg
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon (optional but recommended)
1 spoonful coconut or rapeseed oil
The cinnamon gives your body a wee helping hand to deal with the sugar in the banana.
1. Simply mash the banana in a bowl then add an egg and whisk them both together to form a batter, add the cinnamon.
2. Heat enough oil to cover the bottom of a non stick pan, add your batter and cook on a medium heat for around 5 minutes until bubbles start to form on the surface, lift the edges and check if the pancake is browned, then flip it over and cook the other side for another few minutes until cooked and nicely browned.
I didn't actually manage to flip mine, I had visions of it stuck to the ceiling or my face!! I just used a lifter but feel free to flip yours!
.I'm a big fan of coconut oil which has many health benefits and is the most stable oil to cook with and it tastes delicious, will boost your metabolism and every other body system.
Rapeseed oil is also very stable at high temperatures, has a great fatty acid profile and is a great alternative to coconut oil. A lot of it is produced in Scotland and I am a big promoter of quality, healthy Scottish products. I use both oils for cooking, a blog post on oils will be coming soon!
A wee note, I made a pancake for Laura's breakfast this morning and used a fairly small egg. Its rather strange I have 2 ex battery chickens, both the same size and they lay quite significantly different sized eggs!
Anyway the pancake tasted fine but was more difficult to turn and broke up slightly so I'd always use a medium to large egg, for ease of flipping!
The pancake doesn't taste remotely eggy, its deliciously sweet and is perfect served with some lovely berries for extra vitamins and antioxidants and a drizzle of maple syrup or rice malt syrup, for a lovely sweet but nutritious breakfast!
Give them a go this weekend, you will be pleasantly surprised how simple and delicious these pancakes are!!
Apologies about the random coloured text, Weebly is playing up today so it's not my fault!
.........your health in your hands......
Today we've been busy decorating our lounge and we needed something quick and nourishing for lunch. Jenna quickly threw this soup together in literally 5 minutes and it was delicious so I thought I'd post the recipe.
This soup ticks a lot of boxes for me, its simple, nutritious and tastes great!
You get fibre, protein and vitamins from the chickpeas, a good dose of antioxidants from the tomatoes, and your good gut bacteria will be very happy with the fibre from the red onions.
This soup also packs a real punch flavour wise from the sun dried tomatoes, paprika and balsamic vinegar.
I finished mine with seaweed flakes to add more minerals but Chia seeds, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds or fresh basil or parsley would also be a great addition.
It's also so much fun creating a nice pattern with some soya or oat cream!
It never ceases to amaze me how delicious and healthy a soup can be made from a few store cupboard ingredients!
I hope you give this one a go!
1 tin tomatoes
1 tin chickpeas
1 red onion, chopped
1heaped teaspoon paprika
2 garlic cloves, chopped or crushed
1 litre vegetable stock
4 sun dried tomatoes, chopped or 1 tablespoon red pesto
Splash of balsamic vinegar ( optional)
.......your health in your hands.....
🍃 Health educator🍃