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.
I always think the best way to get Little Tummies into eating what you want them to eat is by getting them involved in the cooking/baking/purchasing of good food. Of course we love to bake fairy cakes and eat ice them, but getting Little Tummies into clean eating can also have the same level of excitement. I regularly employ Belle or Joe (Sam is too busy emptying all the kitchen cupboards to be interested in the food just yet!) to help in the kitchen, and it all goes a long way to getting them to eat clean, healthy food.
Yesterday we had some time whilst little Sam slept to bake some Halloween biscuits. When I pulled out the pumpkin and bat cutters from the back of the cupboard, Belle and Joe were so excited and I knew I had to find a recipe for biscuits - but really wanted them to be a nutritious healthy snack which they would enjoy! And then I remembered the super duper recipe for Cinnamon & Raisin Cookies in 'The Art of Eating Well' by the much loved Hemsley Sisters. It is a great little recipe with just a few ingredients and the result is tasty, healthy little cookies and enjoyed by Little Tummies.
Belle and Joe had such fun making them. I'll admit some of the bats looked slightly dubious as the mixture had spread slightly, but they loved them and they couldn't wait to share them with Sam when he woke up, or a visiting Grandad. I'm sure if I had made them they still would have eaten them, as they're such a sweet flapjack type of cookie, but I'm sure they tasted better because they had seen what was in them, weighed the ingredients, mixed them all in and watched them cook.
Don't we all have memories of food tasting so good because of the experience that surrounded the moment? The Sunday Roasts with the family as a child, meals on a beautiful beach watching a sunset? Barbecues on a hot sunny day with friends makes any average burger taste so much better, doesn't it? So, surely Little Tummies are the same? Making food an experience by getting them involved in the cooking must help this and encourage healthy and nutritious eating. Now you just need some recipes to get your Little Tummies baking and cooking with you...I'm on it!
Happy Baking & I apologise in advance for any toddler meltdowns you may experience when the bat breaks in two as it goes on to the baking tray! You have been warned!
Love Caroline & the Clean Little Tummies xxxx
P.S. Don't forget to share your home baking with me, I'd love to hear your thoughts x
P.P.S. I've included a few half term snaps too!