Kale Chips

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Did you know that only 4% of Australians get enough veggie everyday?
It’s really important to introduce children to their vegetables, but we all understand how hard it can be. Just remember to keep trying and introduce them in different ways without pressure.

I would also suggest registering for the Try for 5 challenge by Nutrition Australia. When you sign up, you receive emails with loads of tips on how to incorporate veggies into your daily meals!

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In light of the Try for 5 challenge, I also decided to share my easy recipe for kale chips. If your child likes food with a crispy texture, why not give this a try!

Ingredients

1 bunch of kale
2 tbsp olive oil
salt
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese (optional)
any other herbs or spices

Method

 

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees and line 2 oven trays with baking paper.

Wash the kale and trim the leaves off the stem. Tear the leaves into even pieces (don’t make them too small as they will shrink) and dry thoroughly with kitchen paper. A salad spinner will be handy for this.

Mix oil, salt, cheese and other spices in a bowl and add the kale. Toss to coat.

Spread the kale evenly on the baking paper and bake for 10-15 minutes (swapping trays in between) or until leaves are crisp but not burnt.

I was amazed at how crisp the kale was, though I thought there could have been more cheese! 😀

-R.L.

No Recipe Nutritious Snacks Ideas

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I bet we’ve all seen those amazingly complicated snacks that parents prepare for children, which require hours in the kitchen.

The fact is mums and dads are terribly busy, and though those snacks may look amazing, many people just don’t have the time.

So I thought I’d sort a list of quick nutritious snacks that require minimal preparation or can be easily bulk prepared before hand. These yummy, yet quick ideas will keep your kids satisfied without you reaching out for processed snacks and drinks!

  1. Fresh fruit (probably the quickest option)

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  2. Pure nut butter + toast
  3. Roasted nuts + dried fruit
  4. Veggie stalks (bell peppers, cucumber, carrots, celery) + hummus
  5. Yogurt + berries
  6. Cup of milk + cocoa powder (remember to choose the ones with no sugar)
  7. Cheese + crackers
  8. Oats + milk
  9. Cheese + toast
  10. Peas + corn + butter
  11. Fruit + Nut butter
  12. Boiled eggs (these can be pre-cooked and kept in the fridge for a few days) + salt & pepper OR soy sauce
  13. Smashed avocado + canned tuna + crackers
  14. Baked sweet potato chips
  15. Seaweed (try to get ones that aren’t flavoured to skip the sugar & flavourings)

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  16. Roasted chick peas or broad beans
  17. Popcorn (buy natural ones and slightly flavour them yourself w/ butter or salt)
  18. Fruit & yogurt popsicles
  19. Homemade fruit smoothie (bananas, dates, cooked sweet potato/pumpkin are all good natural sweeteners)
  20. Edamame beans (The frozen ones only need 2-3 minutes in the microwave and they taste great salted or eaten as they are)

 

If you have any other good suggestion, please comment and let me know!

-R.L.