The holidays are here and the little ones are home all day every day. Our lives revolve around snacks. To keep the kids fueled and healthy this festive season, here are ten quick snack recipes to try out at home. They take a short while to whip up (15 minutes) so no hungry and cranky kids will be pacing around your kitchen. They also save you the trouble of rushing to the supermarket or convenient store to stock your refrigerator and pantry.
1. Baked Sweet potato and arrow root fries
Boil the sweet potatoes and arrow roots until edible and soft. Chop them and Coat them with salad oil. Shallow fry for three minutes then put them in the oven for seven minutes.
2. Mug cakes
Cake mix, margarine, a mug and a microwave and/or oven. You can also get raising and mixed berries and grapes to the list.
-Add milk to the cake mix and mix until the batter is thick. Melt margarine in a microwaveable mug and pour the batter. Make sure it is half full to avoid spilling. Pour the mixed berries to the mixture. Put the mug in the microwave for two minutes and fifteen seconds and viola! You have your mug cake.
-With cake mix, your work is halfway done and you just need to add milk and fruit. However, if you are not a big fan of cake mix, there is an alternative procedure.
-Melt a table spoonful of margarine in the mug. Beat the egg and whisk the mixture. Add sugar, milk and then self-rising flour and mix until the batter is smooth.
-Add the mixed berries and pour the mixture into a different mug. Make sure it is at mist, half full. Put it in the microwave and set the time to two minutes and fifteen seconds. If you have a lot of batter and wish to make more mug cakes, place the mugs separately into the microwave.
3. Avocado toast
This is a simple recipe that requires you to have avocado, lettuce, tomatoes and green onions. Simply put the bread in the toaster. Dice your avocado, chop your onions, slice your tomatoes and make a toast sandwich. You can also add mustard or mayonnaise to taste.
4. Sausage and left over food snacks
Leftover food is not appealing to the little ones even if it is refrigerated. However, you can use it to make their four p.m snacks by re-doing the meal with chopped fresh parsley and sausage or smokies. Simply put a little olive oil on a pan and allow it to heat. Then put green leafy onions and allow them to cook. Afterwards, pour chopped sausage, parsley, a little ketchup and the left-over food and let it simmer for five minutes. You can serve the new mix in tiny bowls with juice or a smoothie.
5. Fruit smoothie
Required: Lots and lots of yoghurt in the refrigerator, mixed berries and tropical fruits (Mangoes, pineapples, passion fruit), oranges, frozen bananas, a blender.
Simply puree 1 cup vanilla yoghurt, 1 cup frozen strawberries, ¼ cup orange juice in a blender until smooth.
6. Spicy popcorn
Required: Salted Butter, mixed spices, popcorn seeds
Simply melt butter in a bowl, sprinkle a little spice and pour the popcorn seeds. You can microwave or alternatively cook over a fire in a cooking pot. They take less than ten minutes and taste really good. This is a quick snack that the kids will always be excited to take.
7. Food balls (Leftover food balls) and guacamole
Required: Leftover food, 1-2 table spoonful wheat flour, cooking oil
This quick and easy recipe is another brilliant way of using leftover food and making it more appealing to kids. If the food is a bit dry, add a little water and a table spoonful of wheat flour. Mix until sticky then make the mixture into balls. Sprinkle bread crumbs on the balls. Heat the oil in a pan and deep fry the food balls.
Required: Avocado, parsley, black pepper and sea salt
Mash one or two avocados (depending on the plates of food). Chop the parsley and mix it with the mashed avocado. Sprinkle a little sea salt and black pepper then serve with the food balls.
9. Chips and dip
Guacamole is undeniable the best dip for “chips and dip”
There are score of chips available for purchase in store. However, they are loaded with sodium. You can make whole wheat chips at the comfort of your home.
Required: Whole wheat, mixed spices (preferably garlic), sea salt, salad oil
Make the wheat into a dough using warm water mixed with garlic and a little spice and sea salt, and a drop of salad oil. Make thin cloths of dough using a rolling stick and cut them into preferred chip sizes. Bake in the oven for 10-15 minutes.
Serve with guacamole.
10. Tadka Bread snack
Plain bread is boring. Peanut butter spread get old. However, break pieces doused in onions, olive oil, fresh coriander, and yoghurt, makes for a healthy, nutrition packed and attractive bowl.
Required: Bread, olive oil, sea salt, unsalted butter (if salted, opt out of sea salt), fresh coriander leaves (to garnish) freshly chopped green onions, freshly ground garlic and turmeric
Heat the oil in a pan and add the onions, garlic, tomato paste and sea salt. Add the turmeric and stir until the colour is evenly spread. Add the lemon juice and fresh yoghurt and stir. Add the pieces of bread and let the mixture simmer over low heat for about five minutes. Sprinkle coriander and serve warm.