Bliss balls are a yummy sweet treat in any lunchbox! They’re also fabulous for hiding some added nutritious ingredients in, like seeds, oils, superfood powders, vegetables, and even probiotics. Yep! Probiotic bliss balls are a thing! You heard it here, ladies and gentlemen. These probiotic bliss balls are easy, yummy, reasonably healthy for a sweet treat and your kids will love them!
You might be wondering why I don’t just get the kids to pop a supplement or eat some yoghurt, which is fair enough given the marketing hype around some probiotic products. The truth though is that, well, they’re usually pretty garbage.
A few years ago, apple donuts became a craze in our house! I started out having them for breakfast when I was trying to lay off the grains, and before long the kids were eating apple donuts of their own. Back then, our apple donuts were nothing more than apple rounds covered in peanut butter, but as the kids have gotten older and realised that real donuts exist and they’re prettier than apple smothered in peanut butter, I decided to jazz ours up a little bit!
Easter is only a few days away! Can you believe it? Whether you celebrate Easter, Ostara, something in between or nothing at all, you can’t deny that being only a couple of days away from the one day of the year where it’s perfectly acceptable to literally wake up and eat copious amounts of chocolate in your pyjamas is really freaking exciting. How about a few chocolate Easter recipes to get you started? 😉
If you’re a parent of young kids with little self control and you’re not feeling the chocolate excitement, I’d encourage you to read this post from nutritionist Mandy dos Santos on the Little Peeps Eats blog.
We’re personally a number 1 in this house. Does that surprise you? While I’m all for healthier options for kids, I don’t think it should mean missing out and it should absolutely be in consultation with your kids. Easter comes but once a year, so if they want to go wild on the Cadbury – go for it. It doesn’t mean you can’t add in some healthier options too, like the ones on this list!
1. Yoghurt filled Easter eggs
Do chocolate eggs with white and golden insides that look just like Cadbury Creme eggs but without the high sugar content and weird ingredients sound good? Then you’re going to love these healthy chocolate yogurt-filled Easter eggs!
This morning, after two weeks of perfecting this lunchbox slice recipe, I sat out on my deck photographing it and noticed two rainbow lorikeets in my neighbour’s Callistemon and thought to myself, “I’ve already tested this lunchbox slice recipe on the kids. I wonder if the birds will like it?” So, I threw them a slice of it, crumbled up into bird-friendly sized pieces and stood still waiting for them to come over. It didn’t take them long – they flew over the fence a few seconds later, straight onto my lawn and gobbled up every crumb of the lunchbox slice! So not only is this allergy-friendly and kid-approved, it’s also bird-approved! Haha!
“I have this mince that’s going to turn bad soon, and this mint is looking a bit dodgy. I really need some protein for tomorrow’s lunchboxes, too. I know! Make the Greek meatballs you made often early in your marriage.”
And that’s how these Greek meatballs became Greek lunchbox meatballs.
Originally published 2nd February, 2015 as Easy Peasy Coconut Yoghurt.
Dairy allergies and intolerances can seem like a really big pain sometimes. Dairy-free replacements for milk, cheese, yoghurt and cream often contain weird non-food ingredients and taste nothing like the real thing.
I’ve spent some time dairy-free at my doctor’s request and it was a pain, so I can imagine how hard it is trying to feed a toddler or child who absolutely has to cut out dairy.
Nectarines with cream is one of my favourite desserts. I love love love a Mexican bowl loaded with cheese and sour cream. And cappuccinos. Oh, the cappuccinos.
When I went dairy-free, I really needed a replacement for a few of these things, and being a fan of real food, I wasn’t about to try any weird mock replacements full of goodness knows what. Coconut yoghurt seemed like a good place to start, so I gave it a crack.
There are heaps of different methods online. Many aren’t 100% dairy free, require weird thickeners or only seem to specify how to make coconut yoghurt with fancy equipment. I remember reading once about using probiotic capsules as a starter for something, so I thought I’d try it with yoghurt.
I first heard about Little Mashies about a year ago and they sounded like a dream come true. My kids were always wanting to buy pouch yoghurts when we did groceries because they were fun and easy and other kids had them. Sadly, yoghurt pouches sold in stores are chock full of sugar and/or absolute crap.
Vaalia My First Yoghurt? Should be healthy given it’s marketed as a great option when weaning your babe, right? Not so much. Almost 10% sugar and full of starches and additives. Slightly better than the Coles pouch (11.2% sugar) and the Paul’s pouch (11.7%). What about when you go for a healthy option, like Macro Organic vanilla yoghurt? 12.8% sugar! Admittedly, the ingredients list is a tad better on the Macro Organic, but you make up for that with the added sugar.
It’s really no surprise to me that on the few occasions my kids have eaten these pouches, they’ve ended up pretty hard to handle, followed by a whole lot of grumpiness in the afternoon.
After six months of being slightly disappointed my Little Mashies purchase kept being bumped down the priority list, hubby surprised me with a 10 pack he bought from biome and we’ve been using them ever since. So, what do I think of them?
They’re sweet, they’re chewy, they’re minty and they’re chocolatey. Best of all – they’re easy to make, contain no refined sugar, and they’re kid approved and lunchbox friendly. They’re my Christmas Snowballs!
These Christmas bliss balls are so delicious they were gone in less than 24 hours the first time I made them. Both the kids and hubby were grabbing them straight from the freezer and eating them without waiting for them to thaw!
Like most of my recipes, these freeze really well. You can put them straight into lunchboxes frozen, eat them straight from the freezer, or put a few in the fridge to soften as you want them.
These muffins are SO DAMN GOOD. I’ve never had a complaint from my two kidlets about them, and they’re just as delicious for grown-ups!
So many paleo and gluten-free baking recipes use almond meal which rules them out for lunchboxes with most schools, but these ones use coconut flour. It’s my favourite gluten-free flour to bake with and I’ll tell you why.
Coconut flour is about as good as it gets. It’s high in fibre, protein and healthy fats, while being low carbohydrate, low calorie, low GI, and free from gluten, wheat, soy, legumes and nuts. Great for those with gut issues and diabetes, and great for little kidlets who need some extra nutrition in their lunchbox without the insulin spike you get from wheat flour. Sounds pretty good, right?
Its only downfall is that it’s super thirsty, which means you can’t substitute it 1:1 in recipes. If you’re wanting to give it a shot, look for recipes that specifically call for coconut flour… like this one!
The kids will love these healthier banana muffins made with no grains, gluten, dairy (if you choose), and no refined white sugar. YUM! The sweetness in these muffins comes from honey and banana – still sugars, so don’t go crazy with them now!