Tuesday, 13 August 2013

{Guest Post: Fun Summer Recipes}

We all want the best for our little ones, including a healthy diet. Feeding them a variety of different foods can be very difficult when you have financial restraints, work commitments, and many other factors to consider. Sometimes, by our own admission, we are guilty of whipping up ‘something quick’.  Looking for some summer inspiration to keep them full of goodness and recipes they will enjoy joining in with? Look no further. Cooking is a skill for life so introduce it to your little ones with these creative culinary delights.

Fruit Ice Pops

These are perfect for hot days and ensure your little ones aren’t getting any of those icky additives the shop-bought ices may contain. You can also make these up any fruit that is close to spoiling.

You will need:
  •        Ice Lolly Moulds
  •        Diced fruit
  •         A blender or masher

1. Chop up the fruit of your choice. Strawberries and watermelon work well together, as do peaches and mango. Then, add them to a blender.
2. Blend the fruit until smooth, and then pour the thick liquid into your lolly moulds.
3. Freeze them for 6-8 hours, or until fully frozen, then enjoy!

Banana Bagels

Whether you take these on a picnic, or serve them as a treat breakfast, banana bagels are a perfect way to give your kids the fuel they need while tasting delicious.

You will need:

  •        One bagel per child
  •        Peanut butter or Nutella
  •        Banana slices

1.  Cut each bagel in half as you would cut a bread bun and toast it until warm and slightly crispy.
2. Spread each half with your peanut butter or chocolate spread, then add 6-8 banana slices. Serve open, or put both halves back together if desired. Simple!

Rainbow Salad

A delicious salad filled with a rainbow of colour to get your child the nutrition they need in the most colourful 
form possible!

You will need:
  •        Shredded lettuce
  •         Grated beetroot (around 50g)
  •        Three grated carrots
  •        Sweetcorn 
  •         2 red peppers, one cut into strips and one diced
  •        If desired, some lean bacon strips, cooked.

1. Each salad should be prepared separately for maximum effect, so pick a bowl for each child.
2. Following the principles of the ‘rainbow’, layer your ingredients in the bowl, starting with beetroot at the bottom, then lettuce, then sweetcorn, then carrot, followed by red peppers on top.
3. Top your salad with the bacon and serve!

About the Author
This article was written on behalf of Galt Toys. Galt Toys have been manufacturing toys for over 175 years, and know a thing or two about toys…and having fun!

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