Healthy habits as a family*

February 21, 2018Hels

Sam and I try to eat as well as we can, and this is something we very much want to pass on to Dougie. Now that Dougie is a little older, he eats pretty much the same meals that we do…

He definitely has his favourites, and there are a few things he’s adamant he doesn’t like, but we always try to encourage healthy eating.

We redid our kitchen recently, and it’s SO much nicer, and we’re both enjoying spending a bit more time in there! We have finally bought a slow cooker, and we’re looking at the Panasonic juicers to help us create even more delicious, healthy options, and so I thought I’d share a few of our favourite family recipes, all of which are great for both adults and kids.

Chicken soup

This is actually my Mum’s recipe, and it was always one of my favourite meals when I lived at home – and I still request it when I go home to visit! It doesn’t have to be chicken, you can use anything – I’ve made it with sweet potato before and it was amazing.

Ingredients
1 onion
2 carrots
2 leeks
Chicken stock (Boots do baby-friendly, reduced salt stock cubes so we use those)
Red lentils
Cooked chicken
Seasoning to taste
Method
Chop up onion, carrots and leeks and put into a pan with a bit of oil to soften for a few minutes
Add lentils and stir so it doesn’t stick
Add stock (about 1litre) and leave to simmer – the lentils will soften as they cook and thicken the soup
Add the chicken when it gets to the thickness you want
Season to taste

 

Smoothies and juices

When Dougie started weaning, he wasn’t totally sold on the idea of vegetables (other than peas, he has always LOVED peas) so we had the idea to make fruit and vegetable smoothies and juices. He loves fresh apple juice and watermelon juice is a big hit. Our favourite smoothie combinations are:

Berries
Mango
Banana
Raspberries
Strawberries
Milk
Green
Spinach
Banana
Apple
Avocado
Cucumber
Water

 

Pasta bake

Okay, so pasta may not be the healthiest option, however it doesn’t have to be totally unhealthy, and it’s quick and easy. We usually make a tomato based sauce using chopped tomatoes and tomato puree and then pack it full of vegetables.

Overnight oats

Blend a banana, milk (we usually use coconut milk but you can use any), a handful of oats and some yoghurt together. Pour the mixture into a bowl and add porridge oats and any fruit you want. We usually use raspberries and strawberries. Leave in the fridge overnight. When we are ready to eat, we add a dash of honey and a sprinkle of desiccated coconut.

What are some of your favourite healthy dishes? If anyone has some other ideas for baby-friendly recipes, I’d love to hear them!

*This post is written in collaboration with Panasonic. All opinions and yummy recipes are my own…and my Mum’s!

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