I’ll try to continue on writing about what we eat (while the older daughter shoves a barbie doll up my face every fifth second and the younger tries to press her body through the new safety gate) since I’m all about eating lately. When Ines was younger and we didn’t have a house renovating project, I used to make a lot of healthy snacks. For myself since I’m always in need of a snack between every meal, for Selma in the afternoon, and for the school kids who used to gather at our home in the afternoons. Now I’m about to start again with the snacks, so let me present to you our favourites!
First out the kids’ absolute favourite snack of all times; bananas with peanut butter. How simple. How good. And how healthy!
My favourite version with the two components is a banana-peanut butter smoothie, one banana, approximately two large table spoons of peanut butter and almond milk as much as needed for perfect consistence. So delicious.
Next up is all kinds of granola bars! I recommend everyone to go to Minimalistbaker.com, write “healthy bars” in the search field and try everything. I’ve tried most of them and my favourite so far is Crunchy baked granola bars.
From the same site, the kids and I also love the No bake pb & j bites! If you write “healthy bites” in the search field you’ll also find Mango bites and Dark chocolate hemp bites. None of these contains any sugar, gluten or dairy.
Another kind of healthy afternoon snack I’ve started to make is protein pancakes! They’re either made of same parts eggs and bananas, OR protein powder, bananas, eggs and water/milk. Just mix the ingredients (I mix them with a stick blender for a smooth texture since I’m not so much friends with eggs yet) and fry as normal pancakes. Served with berries, of course! Raspberries and blueberries being our favourites (catastrophy if you asked the dad in the house who has banned blueberries forever since Ines loves eating them with her hands and ends up super messy, so we always eat them in secret when he’s at work)
Then the smoothies! My sons have always liked a smoothie based on milk, blackcurrants, red currants, banana and blueberries best. Personally it’s a little bit too sour for me. The girls and I like a smoothie based on avocado, cocoa powder, cayenne pepper, vanilla powder, dates and almond milk. It’s actually almost a dessert. Another favourite is vanilla flavoured soy milk, apple and fresh ginger. But the one we make most often is banana, blueberries and almond milk. It’s too easy to just throw everything in the blender. The blender which we do not have at the moment, as it broke just before we moved here. I’m dreaming of a Vitamix, to enable smoother smoothies of kale and wheatgrass, grains and seeds, but I realised I’m way too poor to probably ever buy one at least in Finland.
As soon as I start working more, which is next month, I’ll do my best to pick up the snack making routine again. I’ll surely need a healthy snack every now and then and if I haven’t got anything healthy to eat I’ll buy chocolate. That’s me.
Next thing I’ll write about is how to make the best slime and play doh at home! And just maybe we’ll try making bath bombs too! It all depends on whether the plumber has finished the pipes in the combined laundry and bathroom yet...
None of the pictures were mine this time, bananas borrowed from google and the rest of the pics from Minimalistbaker.com!