Avoiding sugary treats, fried/deep-fried foods, processed foods, soda’s, and any and all junk food is ultimately the way to go. But it doesn’t mean we can’t find a suitable healthy alternative to enjoy when we get those cravings!!
As a mom of 3, I find the job of guiding my children into making the right food choices a huge responsibility, and equally a very important one, as healthy living starts from the time they are born. What I put into their mouth now will have a direct impact on their growth and ultimately in the decisions and habits they form as they grow. Finding a healthy alternative to “treats and goodie’s” is always a fun one! As usual, I try to have a practical approach for myself and for my family, which inevitably does lead us having a sugary treat from time to time. I’m comfortable with this, as this is the exception to the rule — definitely not a day-to-day or weekly practice.
Here is an easy, practical, and most importantly ‘healthy’ recipe for a treat you can put in a school lunch box or for an after school snack. It also offers a good breakfast for those mornings when you’re running late, or to take to work to avoid buying that awful sugary chocolate bar!
Apple & Carrot Muffins:
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 grated apple
3 grated carrots
100 ml vegetable oil
100 ml brown sugar
zest of 1 lemon
1/2 tsp cinnamon
Combine the eggs, sugar, oil, lemon zest, and cinnamon into a bowl and mix. Add the flour, baking soda and baking powder, and then gently stir in the grated apple and carrot. Spoon the batter into 12 muffin trays and bake at 180C degree’s for 30 minute’s. Continue to bake if still gooey in the center.
You can play around with this basic recipe by adding nuts (coconut is delish in this one), raisins, dark chocolate (70% or more) pieces, seeds, etc. This is the “school friendly”(nut free) option.
Remember: This recipe isn’t to substitute a fresh apple or raw/steamed carrot…it’s to substitute the sugary treat!
On a personal mommy note:
I can’t say that my kids are picky eaters, they basically like any type of cuisine or will at least give it a go…in fact the more interesting the better! Thankfully they’ll also eat just about any vegetable or fruit stick I give them! (Phew, I must be doing something right!) But if I did have picky eaters in the vegetable and fruit department I would say that this recipe would go down well (food disguise, as we know it, has us all fooled for better or for worse!).