All in Snacks

Snacks to Stay Cool

It is not often as an English person that you can say we are experiencing a heatwave and can experiment with some snacks to help us stay cool and healthy. So before we go back to rain I thought I'd share some quick ideas, some old and some new, to cool off in this delightful sunshine. Try them quickly before we're back to winter warmers!

Cheesy Savoury Loaf

I'm always on the hunt for new ideas for lunch boxes. As I've said before, I think the key to children not being fussy is constant exposure to different foods and flavours. Putting the same sandwich in lunch boxes day-in-day-out does not give them a wide taste variety, and they quickly become stuck in food ruts. This week, I've been working on different ways to fill the 'sandwich' section of their lunch boxes, and this week it is a savoury loaf!

Sweet Potato & Pea Fritters with a yoghurt dip

We're heading into Spring and Summer now, so it is time to mix up the recipes and look for some lighter options for lunches. We've made vegetable fritters before and love including them in lunch boxes, but these Sweet Potato and Pea Fritters are oven baked to make them healthier and easier to prepare. They're colourful and nutritious and make a great lunch or snack dinner on the go. 

3-Ingredient Clean Little Easter Eggs

Easter is certainly upon us! Everywhere I look I see eggs, bunnies, chicks and soooo (too?) much enticing chocolate. Of course we will be treating ourselves to some chocolate this Easter, but to even things up I have crafted a little frozen Easter treat made from just three ingredients - banana, yoghurt and berries - which is healthier and more nutritious that a chocolate Easter egg, but still feels a little indulgent. 

Oaty Banana Bread

A friend of mine said to me recently that I couldn't really be considered a “family food blogger” if I didn't have a banana bread recipe. All kids love banana bread! So, my friend, here is a Clean Little Tummies Oaty Banana Bread to set the record straight and keep up with all the other family food bloggers out there! 

Loaded Sweet Potato Nachos

Do you ever just want an easy-sharing type of lunch, dinner or snack? Something you can nibble on together whilst chilling in front of a film? (Not that I let my children eat on the sofa, of course, because it is new- hello uptight parents!) But does the thought of laying out a calorie-dense bowl of junk give you a case of the mother (or father) guilts?

Carrot Cake Smoothies

Who doesn't love carrot cake? It is a firm favourite in this house and now I've created a smoothie which gives us a flavour fix without all the sugar and nasties. This makes a tasty breakfast or a good afternoon pick me up for tired mummies. You might think the grated carrot won't get paste your Clean Tummies but try it, mine ate it without knowing what was in it and were so surprised when I told them they'd just eaten carrots for breakfast! You won't know until you try!

Pumpkin Spice (Pancakes!) & All Things Nice

We're loving Autumn here at Clean Little Tummies. Yes, we are without a proper kitchen. Yes, we don't have a floor, and yes, our fridge is in the garage. But how can we not get excited by all the gorgeous Autumn feels that are around? The colours, smells and sounds get me every year - how is it all so beautiful? Walking to school every day, crunching through the leaves is one of my favourite sounds. And, of course, all the pumpkins that are everywhere. Is there an Instagram feed without a little white pumpkin going on? I don't think so. 

Clean Little Lunchboxes

For those of you who follow me on Instagram you will know that we are in the midst of kitchen (& house) renovations and even though some of my daily cooking has to be compromised the one thing that can't be is lunch boxes! Whilst I do love cooking and preparing food for my family I do find lunch boxes a chore and I love seeing new ideas. I like them to be healthy but easy.  I usually do them either when I'm preparing dinner the night before or when I preparing breakfast so it is always a busy time. I try to mix it up as much as I can with some simple ideas to fill them up for their afternoons and I thought I would share some of my lunchbox ideas with you.

Get Ready for Summer Holidays

As I write, we are in the last full week of school here in the UK, with six long weeks stretching out in front of us. I think every Mum (& Dad) in the country is filled with excitement - and terror. How lovely it will be to not do the school run for six weeks, constantly giving them time deadlines, 'hurry up we're going to be late, the bell has gone, come on...', and giving them some freedom to play and just be children. The flip side, of course, is less appealing: Sibling arguments, whinging when they don't get to do exactly what they want, and the constant need for food, snacks, picnics... and more snacks.

Summer Sunshiney Smoothies

We are in the middle of renovations this week so things have been busy here in the Clean Little Tummies household. And just as I felt like everything was falling apart, and it was all storms-and-darkness, pineapples appeared at our local market! Such a sunshiney, tropical fruit, and we've had the sunshine to match recently. This led me to think about some tropical flavoured smoothies and - in between walls being knocked down- I've managed to rustle up a little favourite of ours.

Tropical Lollies

Our last batch of Summer Ice Lollies were such a hit with all of you, it got me thinking of more ways to cool off on those long, hot summer days. Being so hot, no one wants to spend longer in the kitchen than they have to, so for me summer is more about blitzing than baking. Enter the Tropical lollies! They are super simple, with only three ingredients, and naturally sweet and refreshing. (Just make sure you make a big batch, as they'll be back for more!)

Summer picnics with summer vegetable fritters

When summer finally arrives one of our favourite things to do here at Clean Little Tummies is head out for picnics. I think almost every day of the summer holidays last year had some sort of picnic in it. One of the best things about the long summer evenings is packing a picnic tea and heading off into the countryside for a chilled picnic tea (on days when the social lives of 3 children allows it of course!) Picnic or not Clean Little Tummies still need feeding wholesome goodness and these gorgeous golden fritters are a perfect lunchbox/teabox filler.

Strawberry-topped Summer Ice Lollies

I first came up with this recipe when we were enjoying the first days of beautiful British spring. The sun was out, and so was the garden furniture and the barbecue. But, since then the weather has felt more like November again! Ever the optimist, I hope that by sharing this recipe the sun will come out and you will be in need of some coolness for your Clean Little Tummies.