3 HEALTHY EASTER TREATS YOU AND YOUR KIDS WILL ENJOY

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There is nothing sweeter than seeing your children happy and excited about Easter morning and all the goodies that come with it. But let’s face it, an 8 minute Easter egg hunt and the 15 minutes that follow (after they’ve eaten all their eggs in the basket) aren’t as fun for you. Thus this Easter we encourage you to skip the regular sugar-high Easter treats and try something equally as yummy yet healthier. Check out these 3 fantastic healthy alternatives to processed Easter junk food & goodies.

There is nothing sweeter than seeing your children happy and excited about Easter morning and all the goodies that come with it. But let’s face it, an 8 minute Easter egg hunt and the 15 minutes that follow (after they’ve eaten all their eggs in the basket) aren’t as fun for you. Thus this Easter we encourage you to skip the regular sugar-high Easter treats and try something equally as yummy yet healthier. Check out these 3 fantastic healthy alternatives to processed Easter junk food & goodies.

1. BRUNCH POPS

Here’s a treat your little ones will enjoy making and eating.  This recipe uses healthy ingredients which you may already have lying around in your pantry. These brunch pops are made with yoghurt, muesli, a handful of berries and some lollipop sticks.

INGREDIENTS

  • A tub of yoghurt
  • 1 cup plain muesli
  • 1 cup fresh or dried blueberries
  • 1 cup fresh or dried raspberries

GOOD TO KNOW

  • Yoghurt is a good source of calcium and vitamin D, which are important nutrients for your child’s development and growth.
  • Muesli is a great source of energy.
  • Blueberries are one of the richest sources of antioxidants and they are good for brain function.
  • Raspberries are an excellent source of vitamin C, they also contribute folate and vitamin E.

EQUIPMENT

  • Lollipop moulds or muffin cups
  • Lollipop sticks
  • Or plastic lollipop moulds

METHOD

Place a spoon of yoghurt into each mould, filling each one, roughly a third of the way.  Add some muesli to the yoghurt, then add a few raspberries and blueberries to each one, essentially creating layers. Then place a lollipop stick into each mould. Make sure to fill each one with yoghurt, making sure it entirely covers the lollipop stick. Place the mould into the freezer and freeze for at least 2 hours or overnight. Once frozen, pop them out of their moulds, place on a plastic serving tray or wooden board and leave at room temperature for a few minutes to soften. Then you’re ready to serve your healthy Brunch Pops.

2. BABY CARROTS AND HUMMUS

So, you might be thinking, “kids like hummus?” but the secret lies in pairing and presentation. You see, if your kids like how something looks they’ll probably eat it! So make sure your presentation is eye-catching! Now onto the pairing, baby carrots tend to be sweet so they are a great healthy and complementary snack to hummus.

HUMMUS INGREDIENTS

  • 2 cans chickpeas
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tsp. rosemary, basil & thyme mix
  • 1/2 tsp of salt
  • 1/2 cup water

GOOD TO KNOW

  • Chickpeas are a rich source of folate, iron, zinc, protein, manganese and they strengthen the immune system.
  • Garlic is a remedy for respiratory diseases and it contains antimicrobial properties.
  • Olive oil is beneficial in improving health and brain development.
  • Rosemary, basil and thyme improve stability and display some protective attributes against fatty acid oxidation.
  • Salt is good for your little one’s kidneys, but here less is more.
  • Water, do we really need to explain how good H2O is? Thought not!

EQUIPMENT

  • Blender or food processor

METHOD

The key to making great hummus lies in its texture so we recommend removing the chickpea skins. To do this, simply drain the chickpeas then slightly pinch them, you’ll see, the skins will just slip right off. We know that it’s a tedious task, but believe us when we say, your freshly homemade hummus will be smoother than a baby’s bottom. Once you’ve removed all the chickpea skins, pop them into a blender or food processor. Before you flip-the-switch, add the above ingredients and then blend until smooth. Boil the baby carrots in water, you can add cinnamon for taste, but this is optional. Allow the carrots to cool, then place a wooden serving tray and there you have it, delicious homemade hummus and a healthy sweet veggie. Remember presentation is key so make it look pretty.

3. YOGHURT COVERED STRAWBERRIES

And now for something to tantalize your kid’s sweet milk tooth, yoghurt covered strawberries. This healthy treat is great because you only need 3 ingredients, which equals minimum effort from your side and maximum enjoyment for your little ones.

INGREDIENTS

  • Strawberries
  • Plain yoghurt

GOOD TO KNOW

  • Strawberries provide a considerable amount of calcium and phosphorous which is good for your child’s growth.
  • Yoghurt is a good source of potassium.

EQUIPMENT

  • Wax paper

METHOD
Start by cleaning and trimming the strawberries. You can either have them halved or whole, we suggest halved for the young ones and whole for the adults. Then thicken the yoghurt by simply popping it into the freezer for a while. Alternatively, use a cheesecloth to strain the yoghurt of excess liquid, which in turn makes the yoghurt thicker. Then dip the strawberries in the thickened yoghurt, place on the wax paper lined tray, and pop them in the freezer for 2 hours and then set on your plastic serving tray to cool.

 


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