Healthy habits are important for all ages of life.
I still remember grocery shopping with my mum as a child begging and pleading her to buy fruit loops or roll-ups or whatever snacks had an image of my favourite cartoon character on the packaging. My mum would instead fill our trolley with fresh fruits, vegetables and relatively healthy foods. Although I didn’t realise this at the time (I was too distraught that I was missing out on the latest toy that was coming in the box of Coco-Pops) but mum was creating healthy habits for the whole family. We soon realised that in our house dessert was for special occasions and that dinner wasn’t dinner unless there was multiple vegetables on the plate. This became the “norm”.
I want you to think about what the norm is in your home? And does this norm provide your kids with the foods they need to nourish their body?
As we have spoken about in previous blogs, this becomes even more tricky when it comes to school lunch boxes. Between the restrictions placed upon parents by the school, to the craziness that most parents face juggling work and family, packing a lunchbox can cause many headaches. Check out my previous blog for more information and ideas.
Today I am sharing one of my favourite nut-free muffin recipes that could find their place in your child’s lunchbox. To make things even easier, consider making these in bulk and freezing them.
Muffins perfect for lunchboxes
2 medium carrot, grated
1 large apple, grated
1 small zucchini, grated squeeze water out
1 cup buckwheat flour
1 cup plain GF flour
1.5 tsp GF baking powder
2 Tbs Coconut Sugar
1. 5 tsp cinnamon
1 small banana, mashed
1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 cup milk
1. In a medium bowl, combine all dry ingredients.
2. Add the grated carrots, apple, zucchini, and mashed banana.
3. Stir in the milk, and oil. Mix until well combined.
4. Place baking cups in a muffin pan and divide the mixture evenly.
5. Bake for about 30 minutes at 180°C.
Let muffins cool down in the muffin tin for half an hour.
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Have fun baking 🙂