Recently I have had so many children related events to attend, from sports days, to pink ribbon morning teas, to mini Olympic days- it never stops. The one thing they all have in common? ‘A plate to share’ I hear those words and ideas swirl around in my head- cheesecakes, biscuits, fruit salads- the options are endless. So I rock up with a huge over done plate of natural treats, that any health conscious parent would ooo and ahh over, to the standard cupcakes, lollies, sweet biscuits etc etc I’m so thankful that the health industry is starting to gain a little more momentum and give parents who are time poor some amazing (and tasty) treats ideas! Remember, healthy doesn’t always have to mean hard to make, or tedious- or one of the biggest issues, will the children like it? I know from my own children some things are hit or miss.
A few things I always ensure with my boys:
- Colourful- Children love bright colours!
- Presentation- although my boys are only 5 & 6, it makes a difference! If you present them crumbled biscuits that aren’t appetizing they won’t be interested at all. However there are some fantastic ranges of cake decorating products available in health food stores that don’t contain any sugars or artificial flavours, they are naturally coloured and look amazing on biscuits and cakes!
- Sweet- there are so many options when it comes to natural sweeteners- honey, stevia, coconut syrup, rice malt syrup. Play around with the taste, texture and consistency.
- Consult them- Ask them what they want you to make- whether it be dinosaur quinoa cookies etc