Having recharged their batteries, the kids will soon be back to school.
At the end of a long summer holiday and with the new term looming, I’ve got a tasty recipe for you which is easy-to-make.
Plus I’ve also got some super cool healthy snacks to pop into their lunch boxes.
The highs and lows of sugar
Try and avoid those chocolate bars with high sugar levels. Sugar gives your children a short-term‘buzz’, followed by an energy crash which results in lower concentration, lack of energy and a craving for more sugar.
My recipe below contains no white sugar and the healthy snacks provide more consistent energy levels.
Here’s my recipe for Chocolate Coconut Balls…
10 fresh pitted dates
50g raw cacao powder
25g raw almonds
200g coconut flakes
30g agave syrup
2 tbsp coconut oil
2 tbsp water
And here’s how you make it…
-Preheat the oven to 180 degrees OR Gas mark 4
–Mix the dates, cacao powder and almonds in a blender or food processor for about one minute until its a sticky, chunky consistency.
–Add the remaining ingredients and blend to a rough consistency.
-Transfer the mixture to a bowl, divide into 12 pieces and roll into balls. (Let the kids help make, they are ore likely to eat if they get involved!)
-Place them on a baking sheet lined with greaseproof/baking parchment and bake for ten minutes. Allow to cool.
These really are proof that healthy food can be delicious!
What happens to some people at 4.12pm?
Whilst on the subject of snacking, I read an article this week that most people break their diet by 4.12pm each day because this is when they are hungry during the afternoon and snacking is where they fall down. I really was amazed by this as healthy snacking – if you are prepared – really is so easy.
At WinNaturally we have a whole range of super healthy, truly delicious snacks. These are incredibly popular with not only our customers but our professional and elite athletes. I never ever leave home without having two or three snacks in my handbag.
My days are hectic and I often have to eat on the run so by being prepared I know that I eat healthily and myenergy and concentration levels will remain high and I won’t get an afternoon slump!
Great convenient snacks for both the office or lunch boxes are:
Dried Fruit Snack Packs – dried mango improves digestion, may protect against infections, rich in vitamin A and C, iron and potassium and has anti cancer properties. Dried pineapple aids digestion and reduces inflammation and is excellent for energy production and antioxidant defences. Raisinspromote bowel regularity due to their high fibre content and are high in antioxidants.
Seeds – Pumpkin seeds supply both vitamins and minerals as well as essential fats, sesame seeds are dense in nutrients and protein, rich in anti oxidants, reduce cholesterol absorption, stimulate digestion and blood circulation and also relieve constipation. Sunflower seeds are a wonderful source of protein, vitamin E, iron, folic acid and fibre.
Nuts – cashew nuts have a lower fat and higher protein content than most other nuts, rich in oleic acid which is shown to protect against heart disease.
Also rich in magnesium, iron and zinc.
Brazil nuts are bursting with selenium which has been shown to lower the risk of heart disease and also reduces allergies and inflammation.
Macadamia nuts are a good source of magnesium, B vitamins, iron and zinc and are shown to lower cholesterol and pistachios are rich in magnesium and potassium – two minerals that protect against high blood pressure.
Healthy Flapjacks – Oats are an excellent source of fibre, B vitamins and minerals, help to lower cholesterol, balance blood sugar levels and provide slow release energy. Opt for fruit and seed based bars.
Popcorn (not the toffee covered variety) – shown to have more antioxidants than fruit and vegetables, low calorie, rich in antioxidants and fibre. Diva Popcorn image
Kale Chips – one of the most nutrient dense vegetables in the world.
Avoid those sugary snacks when you can and lets give our kids a chance.