How to pack the ultimate beach picnic for your family

Baby on beach eating banana

Today we welcome mum and business owner, Melanie Aslanidis from Beachside Collective – an online space for lovers of coastal design and island style.  She’s giving us her tips on how to pack the ultimate beach picnic for your family!  Over to you Mel…

It’s that time of year when it’s the perfect weather to get out and about in the Australian Summer and enjoy a beach picnic with little ones.  There is nothing like a cool dip in the ocean and the feeling of sand between your toes to bring you back to nature and let relaxation wash over you.

However, getting to the beach is often not stress free with kids.  When you need to cart along towels, buckets, spades, beach tents and a toddler under one arm, it can be super tempting to buy fish and chips or unhealthy snacks from the shops just to eliminate one more layer of packing.  But, before you crack out the salt laced snacks, check out these tips for what to pack and how to pack it! Hopefully this will make your beach day a little easier!Continue Reading →

Banana & Apple Muffins that your kids will love

Banana & Apple Muffins

Creating healthy lunchbox snacks is important to me, I am a mum of 2 little balls of energy, and love to ensure they have lunchboxes full of goodness.  Somehow we all seem to have over-ripened bananas in our fruit bowl, and this great Banana & Apple muffin recipe is the perfect way to use up those bananas!

The recipe is also refined sugar free for those who are looking to reduce sugar in their diet, and it is great to have a healthy muffin recipe that still tastes great!  These Banana & Apple muffins are perfect for school lunches and can also be frozen, so are perfect for the weekend baking list!

Banana & Apple Muffins

Ingredients

  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 2 apples
  • 125g butter (or coconut oil for dairy free)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups wholemeal flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/3 cup rice malt syrup or maple syrup (or your preferred sweetener, maple syrup works really well too)

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Directions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 180 degrees & place 24 silicone muffin moulds on 2 baking trays.
  2. Melt butter (or coconut oil if using the dairy free option).
  3. Pour melted butter in to mixing bowl and then add 1/3 cup of rice malt syrup and combine.
  4. Whisk 2 eggs in a separate bowl and then add to butter & rice malt syrup and mix together.
  5. Mash banana with a fork until a smooth consistency is reached. Add bananas to mixture.
  6. Grate 2 apples and add to mixture.  Combine all ingredients together well.
  7. Slowly add 1 1/2 cups wholemeal flour and 1 teaspoon of baking powder to mixture and combine until all ingredients are mixed well.
  8. Place 2-3 spoonfuls of mixture into each muffin mould (each mould should be two-thirds full).
  9. Bake in pre-heated oven for 15-20 minutes.  Test with cake skewer, and if skewer comes out clean, then muffins are ready.  When ready, remove from oven and place on wire rack to cool.

Mel Melissa Dickfos, is the Founder at Nourishing Your World, a coffee lover, mum of two children, advocate of making small steps towards healthy living and loves to laugh.  Thank you Mel for contributing this wonderful recipe to the Little Peeps Eats blog!

 

 

Like this recipe?  Check out our Healthy LCM Bars recipe which is also a great lunchbox filler!

Sandwich alternatives perfect for the school lunchbox

Kids simple salad in lunchbox

I’m so excited about Julian starting school this year, he is ready, I am ready, and I know that he will thrive.  At home, we make his lunch together.  Sometimes its a sandwich, but he tends to get bored of having them too often, so wanted to gather a list of sandwich alternatives that are tasty, healthy, but quick and easy to prepare so I can pack a fast lunchbox!

All of these can be quickly made in the morning before school, no baking required!Continue Reading →

Sour Cream and Chives Crackers

sour cream and chives crackers

I made these with the boys during the holidays and they were so easy to make and the boys could not get enough of them!   They are great to have with cheese, hommus and other condiments, and a fabulous lunchbox addition.

Sour Cream and Chives Crackers

Ingredients

  • 2 cups plain wholemeal flour
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped chives
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp dried onion
  • 75g butter
  • 100g sour cream
  • Water if required

sour cream and chives crackers

Image:  Goodie Goodie Lunchbox

Instructions

    1. In a food processor, add all of the ingredients except the water and process until mixture comes together and balls around the bowl. If the mix remains a breadcrumb texture add a little water slowly (up to 1 tbsp). If the mixture appears wet, add a little flour until the consistency is like pastry.

  1. When the dough is ready, turn onto a floured board or bench (or directly on to baking paper which is a lot easier) and roll out in a rectangle to around 0.25 – 0.5cm thick.
  2. Carefully lay on baking paper and lay flat in the fridge for at least 30 minutes and pre-heat your oven to 180c.
  3. When the dough has chilled cut the dough into squares and lightly prick with a fork.
  4. Bake in the oven for around 6-10 minutes until lightly browned. The time indicated is entirely dependent on how thin your dough is rolled so keep a close eye on the crackers. I find 0.25 cm thickness is ready at around 6 minutes.

Big thanks to the every so lovely Bernadette Hanly from Goodie Goodie Lunchbox  for sharing her DELICIOUS Sour Cream and Chives Crackers recipe with us!

If you find labelling confusing and would like some examples of healthy pre-packaged snack options, click here!

Rachel Cassidy Little Peeps EatsRachel Cassidy is the founder of Little Peeps Eats.  She is a passionate food blogger and brand ambassador, but her most important job is being a mum!  Little Peeps Eats helps families take the stress out of mealtimes by providing healthy, kid approved recipes, as well as fussy eating tips and tricks. Their website hosts a directory of nutritionists, resources and mealtime products to ensure that you have everything you need at your fingertips when it comes to feeding your family.

 

Healthy lunchbox snacks your kids will actually eat

Happy school girl with healthy lunchbox snacks

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In just a few short weeks, Julian will be starting school, and I’m starting to think about how I can pack some healthy lunchbox snacks that he will actually eat.

Where did the last five years go?  My little man is growing up, and he is super excited about the adventures to come.  If you’ve been following me for a while you will know that I’m pretty passionate about nourishing my family (as we pretty much all are right?) but I am also realistic and know that as life gets busier, I won’t always have time to be baking from scratch for hours on end anymore… so I have been on the hunt for some healthy lunchbox snacks that Julian will actually eat!  And I’m so pleased to be sharing with you what I’ve found…Continue Reading →

How to choose healthy pre-packaged snack foods for your kids

woman reading labels of healthy pre-packaged-snacks

We all know that kids need to eat a variety of fresh foods to be healthy. Great. We also know that packing a lunchbox with fresh food can be challenging at times. It might be a Monday morning emergency when the fridge is empty and the fruit bowl only contains one limp looking banana. Or perhaps you’ve got a super fussy child who only likes plain, white, crispy foods. Or perhaps you just don’t have a lot of time, but the canteen is closed that day. Whatever your reason, sometimes you just need the convenience of a healthy pre-packaged snack to pack in the lunchbox.  So, what to choose?Continue Reading →

3 Step Nutrition Plan for Mums to Thrive this Festive Season

Nutrition Plan for Mums - Mother and daughter with christmas cookies

Today we welcome Natalie Thompson, Accredited Practicing Dietitian, to share with us her amazing 3 Step Nutrition Plan for Mums to Thrive this Festive Season.

Christmas. Does it evoke emotions of anxiety? Running yourself ragged from all the social commitments, the obligatory extended family get-together, the endless amounts of food and alcohol.  for Mums

It should be a happy time of year to celebrate with family and friends.

Even though it is usually busy socially, it is a great time to slow down and reflect.  Reflect personally and professionally on the year that was and the coming year.Continue Reading →