All in Snacks

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.

Mini Energy Bites For Clean Little Tummies

Here at Clean Little Tummies it's safe to say we're big fans of energy bites and balls! At any given moment we have a variety on the go at home, each featuring different nuts and flavours, some bought, some home made. They make such a delicious and nutritious mid-morning snack or after-school pick me up. One of our favourite flavours is the "cashew bar" - there are some yummy ones on the market, but we've recently become fans of the nibbles from the lovely people at Nakd. But after slowly accumulating a few too many Nakd wrappers, I started thinking... we could always create our own mini version, in the true essence of Clean Little Tummies! (And save the costs, and the packaging!)

Little Trekkers Trail Mix

Nuts! I am nuts about nuts! I love snacking on nuts, nut butters are my little slice of heaven on apples and they pack a punch in a morning smoothie that will keep you full and not hangry all morning. But truth be told my Clean Little Tummies don't share my love of nuts. Nut butters are passable, cashew nuts win too but other than that nibbling on nuts is not their thing. Unless they're mixed up in this trail mix of mine. 

Perfect Protein Pancakes with Blueberry Chia Jam

Once again Pancake Day is almost upon us - a fun excuse to heat up the pan and get some flipping going on. There's also the annual school pancake race to attend (important stuff!), so here I am with a quick protein-packed pancake option, not just for Pancake Day, but for any occasion you fancy. Perhaps Pancake Day can be the inspiration for your first batch this year.

Clean Little Breakfast Muffins

We're on half term this week, so our mornings have been slower, more relaxed and just generally more pleasant (and with a lot less nagging!) But, of course, this week won't last forever (sigh) so I'm here with a new breakfast idea that is ready to go first thing and also makes a lovely end of half term activity for your Clean Little Tummies.

Clean Little Tummies get out into the Clean Fresh Air: Active snacks for an active weekend!

This weekend we were lucky enough to grab some family time at Center Parcs Woburn and we had a ball! It is a great place for all the family, every need is catered for with small children and my Clean Little Tummies were in their element splashing around in the pool, hiking through the forests, throwing stones on to the frozen lake and being throughly spoilt by their Grandparents in our Scandi Lodge. Anyone who has been to Center Parcs will know that it is an active albeit exhausting break where everyone has the opportunity to be active and try things that are not usually on offer all in one place. Think pottery painting next to the bowling alley which leads in to soft play, the Aqua Sana spa leading off the badminton courts facing the climbing wall. 

Goodnight 2016 & Thank You x

As 2016 draws to a close I thought I'd write a little round up of my favourite recipes since I started blogging. 2016 has been the start of new things for myself, Mr J and our Clean Little Tummies. We started the year by offering on a new house which then all went through in May, we've had new starts at school and at playgroup, first tastes and first steps and of course the start of Clean Little Tummies Happy Mummies.

Festive Fun for Clean Little Tummies

Term is over for us here and I'm not sure who is more excited, me or the children. Two full weeks without school runs, screaming tantrum filled nursery drop offs, swimming lessons with two little ones in tow but instead long, chilled days at home celebrating my favourite time of the year. Sounds idyllic doesn't it? Until about 10am on Monday morning when every toy in the house will be out, we'll be on snack number 5 and there will have been a million fights over the red pencil! So what can we do to entertain Little Ones during the school holidays?

Clean Little Christmas Cookies

The Festive period has well and truly arrived. Everywhere we look we spy a Father Christmas, much to little Joe's amusement.  There are Christmas lights all over the place, every other song on the radio is a Christmas hit and there is Christmas food everywhere you look. Yum! 

 

Little Bites of Energy for Mummies

It's been a tough week of almost-three-year-old behaviour here at Clean Little Tummies. There have been tears and tantrums -- his and mine! You all know those days...We've all had them, no matter how in control everyone else may look, we know anyone with a toddler is only a broken breadstick away from a meltdown. So, whilst a glass of wine would be nice, it might not be the best option mid-morning or just before the afternoon school run. I have a little energy bite recipe which is quick to whip up and might just rescue you from toddlers on the rampage!! 

Clean Little Tummies In the Kitchen

It has been half term this week in the UK and it's been lovely to slow down a little (as much as you can with three small children!) and spend some time doing the activities that term time doesn't always allow for. We've been bike riding, collecting leaves and conkers, pumpkin carving, we spent a gorgeous day at Wimpole Hall, a favourite National Trust haunt of ours, and, of course, we've some time in the kitchen. 

Wholesome Apple & Blackberry Autumn Cookies

Who doesn't love autumn? It's the most beautiful time of the year. It's also the time of year when you can't go a Sunday afternoon family walk without a big tub for collecting blackberries; when the little tummies return home with blackened mouths and full tummies, having eaten more blackberries than they've collected! Which means... the perfect time for our Wholesome Apple & Blackberry Autumn Cookies.

Date & Raisin Breakfast Loaf

We're great porridge lovers in our house (that's another blog post coming soon...) but we also like toast, or any sort of finger food that can be eaten while waiting for the porridge to cook. Recently, we've been munching our way through this Date & Raisin Breakfast Loaf, which provides a natural sweetness that any 'clean little tummy' will enjoy and makes for a scrumptious alternative to ordinary toast. 

Banana, Blueberry & Cashew Bars

With three small children I am always in need of a go-to snack or on-the-run breakfast option, and these banana, blueberry and cashew bars are the perfect solution. Simple ingredients, healthy and easy to make my Banana, Blueberry & Cashew Bars are always a winner for breakfast, as a morning or school-run snack. (They also make for a sweet treat pick-me-up for a tired mummy at teatime – yum!)

The good news is that the ingredients in these bars are quite adaptable; the oats should always remain as a staple, but the type of milk, fruit, nuts or nut butter you use can be whatever you have in the cupboard, or whatever your heart desires. There’s just one rule: be consistent with the quantities.