Healthy Lifestyle

Menu Planning for your kids!

Feeding the family can often be Mum (or Dad’s) full-time job. In a day and age where takeout can be faster and easier than prepping a meal the family can enjoy together, the onus is on us parents to take control of our children’s diet to ensure that they get the nutrition they need.
With so many choices and so many options, it’s hard to know where to begin! We can help you with that; start here and plan your family menus with these delicious options that offer great alternatives to family favourites.

And in true kiddie fashion, we’re starting with the sweet stuff first!

Watermelon Milky Pops
Fruity, delicious and a great substitute for lollies. Make them in a batch and stock up the freezer with these fruity treats that can easily turn a kiddies frown, upside down! They’re free of dairy and lactose too – and the watermelon can easily be substituted with pineapple, mango or even banana!

Moist Chocolate Cake
Ideal for that inevitable birthday party, this easy recipe can be transformed into a creative Barbie or Toy Story adventure. Aside from being gluten free, this chocolate cake will have everyone pleading for more. For a splash of colour, decorate with a selection of fresh fruit and berries or dairy-free chocolates. Drizzle with homemade caramel custard for the perfect finishing touch!

Peanut Butter & Jelly Smoothie
As good as the classic but without the bread. This yummy smoothie is a flavour-bomb the kids will love! Replace Vitasoy Soy Milky with Calci-Plus for a vitamin and mineral-enriched treat.

Mum’s Banana Frosty
A creamy chilled smoothie that tastes divine… Put your favourite fruits (frozen preferably) to use and change up the recipe with either Vitasoy Soy Milky Chocolate or Vanilla for extra flavour.

When it comes to starting the day right, there is nothing better than kicking it off with a wholesome munch. These are our top breakfast picks:

Tasty Cheese and Mushroom Omelette
The cheeses are optional, but if you’re after a gluten free, nutrition-packed breakfast, the combination of high protein eggs and vitamin-rich mushrooms is a great way to go! Give it a try and toss out the tomato sauce in favour of homemade tomato puree (less sugar and salt).

Banana Pancakes
This tasty breakfast is sure to become an all-time favourite family meal, whether it be prepared as a ‘special treat’ on festive occasions (ice cream for breakfast!) or for a quick and easy dessert. Substitute your favourite low-fat yoghurt for a healthier option.

Super Scrambled Eggs
It’s often difficult to provide our kids with meals that are both appealing and tasty whilst still being packed full of the essential nutrients needed for growing bodies. This colourful and quick version of an old favourite makes it easy!
Catering for growing kids means having to have more to go around. Cooking and baking ‘bigger’ is the way to go, and these recipes will see you through when planning the big family meals.

Chicken and Vegetable Pasta Bake
The Pasta Bake is a versatile dish that allows you to use your favourite meats or even fish in one hearty family meal. This Chicken and Pasta Bake is a flavoursome dish that stores easily and is great heated up as a snack or lunchbox filler, perfect for hungry (growing) kids.

Shepherd’s Pie
Need we say more? A homemade Shepherd’s Pie is always an opportunity for the chef to shine. Best made in sizes large and extra large, Shepherd’s Pie is renowned for tasting even better on day two!

Fish Fingers
Yes, this word tends to put the sparkle in a kid’s eyes. Use a firm white fish and tailor the seasoning to suit the family. Slice up potato wedges, boil till slightly soft and then cover in a light drizzle of olive oil and grill in the oven… Perfect for a Friday night!

With or without the pasta, homemade meatballs are the bomb! Served up with sticky pasta or delicious Mashed Potato, you can’t go wrong with this!

With tummies full and everyone ready for a good night’s rest, why not end the night with a mug of steamy Hot Mint Chocolate?Here’s how… and you’ll be loved for it!

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